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Saturday, October 15, 2011
Waiting for SOFIA At NASA Ames
Today the SOFIAi 747SP is at NASA Ames in Silicon Valley. It is a sunny afternoon and we are waitning in line to board the aricraft. Historic Hangar One is visible in the background; some of its covering has been removed, and frame-metal is visible.
Another Waiting Area View
Another view of the waiting area to visit SOFIA, you can a better view of Hangar One.
The SOFIA 747SP
We we are closer to our chance to board the aircraft. From here we get a nice view of the SOFIA 747SP.
Telescope/Tail Section of the Aircraft
The two children seem quite pleased to have toured SOFIA, and pause to have their picture taken leaving. On the aircraft, just above the children, is the location of the telescope. The area has a door that is open during flight, but closed otherwise. We will not be able to see the telescope itself, but rather some of the instruments ans the onboard control center.
Time to Board
We have been cleared to walk to the stairs; nice day, bright sun, sounds of the ground support equipment.
This scale model was on display, you can see the door to the telescope is OPEN close to the 747 tail, on the left side of the aircraft.
This picture of the 747 tail section shows the raised telescope doorway close to the tail section.
Let's Board and Tour!
Time to climb the stairs and board the aircraft!
From near the entry door, the aircraft shines in the Noon-hour sunshine.
Racks of instruments in the nose section, racks, constrol and operation stations ahead, and in the distance instruments and the mechanics of the SOFIA telescope itself.The scent of operating electronics is in the air. Interesting to see a 747 with so few seats!
Instruments (and Telescope) were moving
While we cannot see the main mirror, we can see the instruments which can include cameras, photometers and spectrographic units, all digital. The mechanical system to change the telescope's angle of elevation appears to be something like Stargate SG-1.
The telescope operators work from this station on the right of the aircraft. Operators at station face rearwards, towards the telescope.
SOFIA conference table, right side of the aircraft. Notice the interior pannels of the aircraft are removed, and insulation is visible.
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