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    What's to become of DCA's Space Shuttle engine?

    With the Space Shuttles going to new homes after retirement, (see my other thread here: Space Shuttles coming soon to a museum near you! )
    and DCA getting rethemed, what's to become of the Space Shuttle engine that's on display there in Condor Flats? Will it remain or get evicted because of the re-theme to 1920s/30s?

    PS: The engine is on loan to DCA isn't it?

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    Re: What's to become of DCA's Space Shuttle engine?

    Well seeing as how Condor Flats will ultimately be cannibalized into a national park theme, I would think the engine would be history. Seriously though, it's a Space Shuttle engine? Aren't they just a little bit bigger?





    p.s. I hope they weren't implying that Space Shuttles crash into buildings like ToT.

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    Re: What's to become of DCA's Space Shuttle engine?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mojave View Post
    Well seeing as how Condor Flats will ultimately be cannibalized into a national park theme, I would think the engine would be history. Seriously though, it's a Space Shuttle engine? Aren't they just a little bit bigger?
    I did read somewhere that it's a mock-up on loan to the park. Maybe someone else can clarify?

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    Re: What's to become of DCA's Space Shuttle engine?

    this is a good question on the shuttle part. That is to bad it's going away..

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    Re: What's to become of DCA's Space Shuttle engine?

    It is a shuttle booster nozzle. And you'd be very surprised indeed just how small the Shuttles actually are. The fuselages are about the size of a large motorhome.

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    Re: What's to become of DCA's Space Shuttle engine?








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    Re: What's to become of DCA's Space Shuttle engine?

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    Re: What's to become of DCA's Space Shuttle engine?

    I'm confused as to what engine you are talking about?

    It's not the one that sprays mist over the entrance to Soarin' right?

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    Re: What's to become of DCA's Space Shuttle engine?

    Quote Originally Posted by disneylandfan95 View Post
    It's not the one that sprays mist over the entrance to Soarin' right?
    That is exactly the one being talked about.

    It is indeed a Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME). You can see the turbo pumps at the top. NASA built many of these engines for testing and validation purposes. They were continually testing and refining the engines throughout the shuttle program years. Very likely that they had a couple old test SSMEs sitting around and Were more than willing to give one to Disney rather than just toss it aside. NASA and Disney have a pretty good partnership built up.

    At standard operational thrust, each one of those engines is capable of producing 380,000 lbs of thrust. That works out to about 12,000,000 horsepower.

    The pumps on a single SSME could drain a family sized swimming pool in just over 8 seconds.

    The energy released by 1 SSME is equivalent to the output of 13 Hoover Dams.

    Each engine burns fuel at a peak rate of 1,035 lbs per second

    The engine combustion chamber can reach temperatures of 6,000 degrees F which is hot enough to BOIL iron and vaporize steel. The engines circulate liquid hydrogen (one of the fuels used for the engine) around the engine bell before it enters the combustion chamber to cool it. The Liquid Hydrogen fuel is at a temperature of -423 degrees F.

    And you've all been standing under it getting misted That engine is one of man's greatest engineering feats. The technology, engineering and science involved are staggering.
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    Re: What's to become of DCA's Space Shuttle engine?

    Maybe it could be moved to Tomorrowland?

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    Re: What's to become of DCA's Space Shuttle engine?

    Quote Originally Posted by QuiGonJ View Post
    Maybe it could be moved to Tomorrowland?
    Nothing says "TOMORROW!" like a 30 year old engine from a decomissioned spacecraft.

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    Re: What's to become of DCA's Space Shuttle engine?

    Quote Originally Posted by composerboy View Post
    Nothing says "TOMORROW!" like a 30 year old engine from a decomissioned spacecraft.
    30 year old stuff? It would fit perfectly in Tomorrowland!
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    Re: What's to become of DCA's Space Shuttle engine?

    LOL!!! ^^^ you beat me to it!

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    Re: What's to become of DCA's Space Shuttle engine?

    exactly! Considering the 1950s UFO, might as well acknowledge that Tomorrowland is retro.

    I wasn't really thinking that, I was more thinking rocket ship engine= Tomorrowland.

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    Re: What's to become of DCA's Space Shuttle engine?

    I thought we were talking about the one that is caged on the right side of Taste Pilots Grill. Are they both the same model?
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