Using PortVision to Track NASA's Last Space Shuttle Tank

Posted by Chris Leslie


On April 12th, NASA shipped its last-existing, built-for-flight space shuttle external tank from it's Michoud Assemby Facility in Louisiana to the California Science Center so it can be displayed with the space shuttle Endeavour. Once opened, in 2019, this exhibit will be the only place to see a fully authentic space shuttle in a launch pad-like configuration.

By using the Vessel Tracks and Vessel Playback features available in PortVision®, we were able to retroactively look back and track the tank throughout it's entire ocean voyage.

The tank was loaded onto the barge "Gulfmaster I" at 2:15 pm CDT and was led by the tugboat "Miss Gloria" along the Intracoastal Waterway until it reached it's destination in Gulfport, Mississippi.


In Gulfport, the Miss Gloria was changed out for the Shannon Dann, which would transport the tank the rest of the way. The first leg was a 10-day trip to the Panama Canal. After arriving at the canal at approximately 2:30 pm CST on April 23rd, the Shannon Dann had to wait nearly 2 days before it could begin its trip through.


Once through the canal, the tank started its route to Marina del Rey, which took 23 days, including a stop in San Diego. 


Now, the Shannon Dann must head all the way back. The entire trip to Marina del Rey took 37 days and approximately 5,100 miles (estimated with PortVision's built in Distance Calculator). 

Our vessel tracks feauture in PortVision 360 also allows the user to isolate the trip segments by speed and changes in the destination, ETA, activity, and draft. To learn more about PortVision 360, click here and sign up for a free trial today!

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