Mon, Apr 25, 2005
Support crews from NASA
Dryden Flight Research Center, Kennedy Space Center and the base
teamed up in a mock shuttle recovery exercise on the flightline
April 16th. The day began around 9 a.m. as a vehicle convoy snaked
its way down the flightline to the main runway.
"We always come out for these exercises," said Dean Schaaf,
Kennedy Space Center NASA convoy commander. "We have about 60 folks
just from Kennedy (Space Center) alone."
About 93 people from Florida and Edwards AFB safely recovered
the mock shuttle.
Around 11:30 a.m., the shuttle "landed" on the runway here;
however, it was not a normal landing. As part of the exercise, the
shuttle crew reported smoke coming from the cockpit during the
After the shuttle stopped, emergency crews rushed to the orbiter
to rescue the crew from the billows of smoke pouring out of the
"Once the firefighters get inside the cockpit, they lower the
individuals with straps on a ramp," said C. R. Eckroth, 95th Air
Base Wing’s fire protection division logistics officer.
"After that, they usually do a quick evaluation to get their vital
Since Edwards is the secondary landing site for the space
shuttle, exercises are held periodically to familiarize new people
with landing and crew rescue procedures.
The Space Shuttle Discovery is expected to return to flight
between May 22 and June 3. [ANN Thanks Senior Airman Matthew
Dillier, 95th Air Base Wing Public Affairs]
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