Posts Tagged ‘ET’

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Praise for the MAF transition ahead of SLS production


NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden gained a close up and personal look at the ever-changing face of the famous Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) on Monday. The former birthplace of…

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SLS: MAF receiving extraordinary machinery for the exploration rocket


An array of huge machinery is being installed at the Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF), as the famous New Orleans plant prepares to begin construction of the Space Launch…

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MAF undergoing major modification work ahead of SLS production


The Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) has begun its transformation back into the birth place of giant rockets that will enable the United States to return to deep space…

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SLS takes on new buckling standards, drops Super Light alloy


With a recent decision to switch the Space Launch System (SLS) core from aluminum-lithium to non-lithium alloys, NASA has come full circle on a journey that started nearly…

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Shuttle Scrubber: SLS working to avoid GUCP leaks


With a deep heritage between the Shuttle’s External Tank and the Space Launch System (SLS) Core Stage, a NASA team recently evaluated recommendations to mitigate against leaks of…

ET-94: Fate unknown for the last remaining External Tank at MAF


The last External Tank, known as ET-94, has been moved into Building 103 – known as the “thru aisle” – at the Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF), with its…

SLS to be robust in the face of scrubs, launch delays and pad stays


The new Space Launch System (SLS) will be able to cope with a minimum of 13 scrubs – or cryo cycles – and remain happily at the launch…

MAF goes Hollywood as movie teams utilize the facility’s once-busy expanses


In what is a sobering reality of the Space Shuttle Program’s end, the Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) is now being filled with the sound of clapperboards, as opposed…

Boeing complete SLS Pathfinder Tank as MAF ET operations end


While the political side of the Space Launch System (SLS) continues to be bogged down by delays and arguments, the engineering side of the vehicle is picking up,…

STS-135: ET camera functions through ascent – no usable video of reentry


Providing stunning images of the grand finale of the Shuttle Program, the External Tank (ET) camera on ET-138 concluded a 22-flight legacy - beaming back images of the tank’s…

STS-135: Engineers retest MFV – ET-138 stringer inspections completed


Following its replacement on Atlantis’ SSME-3 (Space Shuttle Main Engine), the new Main Fuel Valve (MFV) underwent testing at Pad 39A - with a slight delay to its completion…

STS-135: Atlantis completes TCDT – External Tank death camera ready


With her team ably dealing with the usual pad flow hiccups, Atlantis is heading towards her July 8 launch date with no major issues, with the Terminal Countdown…

STS-135: ET-138 Tanking Test reveals SSME Fuel Valve issue


Atlantis’ External Tank (ET-138) was put through a Tanking Test on Wednesday, slightly delayed due to a lightning storm which passed over the the Kennedy Space Center (KSC)….

STS-135: Atlantis and ET-138 preparing for Wednesday’s Tanking Test


Interrupting a nominal pad flow, engineers are set to begin S0037 operations – otherwise known as a tanking test – on Monday, ahead of tanking of External Tank…

STS-135: Tank Camera modification aimed at filming footage of ET-138′s death


Schedules are showing the External Tank camera – which will ride with Atlantis’ ET-138 – is to be modified – allowing it to beam back video of the…

SLS configuration nears decision point – Two-phase approach rejected


A decision on the configuration of the Space Launch System (SLS) Heavy Lift Launch Vehicle (HLV) is just weeks away, as final evaluations take place into a “staged…

Endeavour suffers from troublesome countdown, APU issue scrubs launch


Shuttle Endeavour – the youngest orbiter in the fleet – was preparing for her final hours prior to launch, after the Mission Management Team (MMT) met to approve…

STS-134 Agency FRR approves April 29 launch – Storm damage evaluations


Managers at the Agency Flight Readiness Review (FRR) have – as expected – approved April 29 as the launch date for STS-134. The meeting also discussed the health…

STS-135: Atlantis in smooth flow as ET-138 undergoes mods – Hale on stringers


Atlantis is continuing to enjoy a smooth processing flow inside her Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF-2) for the late June STS-135 mission, while her External Tank (ET-138) undergoes radius…

Discovery launches after dramatic range fix late in countdown


Discovery has completed her final ascent into space, following a 16:53 Eastern launch from the Kennedy Space Center (KSC). Controllers managed to launch the veteran orbiter with just seconds…