Endeavour: Hundreds to lose power as shuttle rolls through
About 400 Inglewood residents will lose power Friday night as the space shuttle Endeavour makes one of its trickiest maneuvers on its 12-mile trek along the streets of Los Angeles -- crossing the 405 Freeway at Manchester Boulevard.
The planned outage is expected to begin at 10 p.m. and might last up to four hours. Crews are expected to stagger the outage and restore power as promptly as possible, said Ed Antillon, director of distribution and construction with Southern California Edison.
As the five-story tall shuttle rolls along, an advance team will power down transmission lines, which cranes will then hoist in the air so the shuttle can clear them as it creeps along the nation's busiest highway. After the spacecraft passes, another team will restore power and lower the lines back into place.
Antillon said Southern California Edison reconfigured Inglewood's electrical system to reduce the impact on customers.
"They won't all be affected at the same time," he said. "As it passes through we will put the power right back up."
An army of workers -- both ahead of and behind the shuttle -- have been moving power lines and trimming trees to clear the way for the massive shuttle. With an 78-foot wingspan and as tall as an office building, the shuttle has already experienced a few challenges along its 12-mile trek from Los Angeles International Airport to Exposition Park.
Endeavour’s trip through the streets of Los Angeles got off to a slow start early Friday morning. The shuttle arrived at the Drollinger parking lot at La Tijera and Sepulveda boulevards about an hour and 45 minutes behind schedule, said Jeffrey Rudolph, president of the California Science Center.
"It's been an exciting night and we are off to a great start," Rudolph said. “Everything is really going according to plan, exactly as we had hoped for.”
Since then, crews have been working to widen the computerized transporters carrying Endeavour so they can travel over medians on Manchester. The shuttle will leave the Westchester parking lot at 1:30 p.m., half an hour earlier than originally scheduled.
It will trundle down Manchester at 2 mph, passing into Inglewood city limits at Glasgow Avenue, where it will stop again for several hours. Crews there will move the orbiter onto the dolly system that will tow it over the 405 Freeway beginning about 10 p.m. Friday.
-- Angel Jennings
Photo: Vivianne Robinson Crowds poses in front of the space shuttle Endeavour. Credit: Associated Press.