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Parsons Instrumental in Developing Transportation Plan for Endeavour

PASADENA, CA (October 11, 2012) – Parsons, as part of a team of local consultants, is proud to have donated services valued at more than $250,000 to assist the California Science Center (Science Center) in developing the Space Shuttle Orbiter Endeavour’s Final Placement Logistics Plan. The plan will be put into action from October 12–13 as the orbiter embarks on Mission 26:  The Big Endeavour. Mission 26 will take Endeavour on a 12-mile journey through urban streets from its arrival location at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to its new home at the Science Center.

The Endeavour Final Placement Logistics Plan was an essential consideration in NASA’s decision to award Endeavour to the Science Center. Parsons’ contribution included technical studies and expertise to identify a route that could accommodate the shuttle’s 78-ft wing span and 58-ft height (atop the transporter). The logistics plan included structural analysis of the I-405 overpass at Manchester Boulevard, an inventory of obstructions (street lights, power lines, traffic signals, trees, etc.), and selection of equipment and methodologies to reduce the impact to existing infrastructure and to minimize the number of mature trees affected.

“We are proud to have been able to assist the California Science Center in bringing this national treasure to Los Angeles,” said Chuck Harrington, Parsons’ Chairman and CEO.

“This is the first, and probably only journey a space shuttle orbiter will make along urban corridors, and while logistics planning for Mission 26 has been challenging, we are excited to be involved in this historic occasion,” added Harrington.

Parsons is now supporting the final move of Endeavour, which operated for 20 years, has a distinguished history of 25 missions, is one of five orbiters built in Southern California, was the last orbiter to be built, and is a symbol of America’s leadership in space exploration.

As a NASA contractor, Parsons supported the development of the Space Shuttle ground support infrastructure, including preparation of an environmental impact assessment for the over-the-road transfer of the first Orbiter Enterprise from its Palmdale assembly point to Edwards Air Force Base in 1976.

“Parsons has been instrumental in our efforts to bring Endeavour to its new home,” said Jeffrey Rudolph, President and CEO of the California Science Center. “They, along with their team, have spent countless hours preparing for this tremendous undertaking, and we’re most appreciative of their contribution to The Big Endeavour.”

For information about the California Science Center and the Space Shuttle Endeavour, please visit  

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