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December 24, 2016 AT 4:30 pm

Quick Glimpse Inside NASA’s Super Guppy

With its iconic bulbous shape the Super Guppy is hard to miss – this quick clip from NASA Johnson shows some of the interiors of the Guppy including brief glances of the cockpit and the bewildering fuselage skeleton. (Not shown but equally as mystifying is the way the front of the plane opens up like a door to insert cargo!)

NASA’s David Elliott and a team of pilots and engineers who operate the agency’s Super Guppy aircraft are responsible for transporting some of the biggest elements of spacecraft to locations around the country. The Super Guppy has played an important role carrying pieces of Orion, such as the primary structure of the crew module, to Kennedy Space Center in Florida for outfitting and processing in advance of its 2018 mission that will take the uncrewed spacecraft, launched atop the Space Launch System rocket, about 40,000 miles beyond the moon.

BONUS video of the preparation and takeoff of a Super Guppy:


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