Posts Tagged ‘Shuttle’

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ESA involved in effort to improve the eyesight of spacecraft


The European Space Agency (ESA) will test new rendezvous sensors on their next Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-5) mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The Laser InfraRed Imaging Sensors (LIRIS)…

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From Shuttle to SS2 – Sturckow joins Virgin Galactic


Space Shuttle veteran Frederick “CJ” Sturckow has joined Virgin Galactic’s commercial flight team. The retired U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) Colonel has been joined by retired U.S. Air Force…

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STS-107: Remembering the accomplishments of the Columbia crew


It was a Space Shuttle mission like none other in the 21st century. It was a mission that went nowhere near the International Space Station or the Hubble…

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Endeavour leaves KSC for the final time, years before her time


The youngest orbiter in the Space Shuttle fleet has departed from her home port of the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) for the final time, for an early retirement…

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SCA arrives at KSC ahead of Endeavour’s final departure


The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), NASA 905, arrived at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) on Tuesday, ahead of its role of carrying Endeavour on a cross-country farewell tour….

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Vehicle Assembly Building High Bay 3 platform removal begins for SLS


The giant High Bay 3 (HB-3) platforms – previously used during the stacking and mating of Space Shuttle hardware – are being dismantled and removed from the Vehicle…

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ASAP insist on NASA certification amid praise for SpaceX success


NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) have written to Administrator Charles Bolden with their latest overview from their recent quarterly meeting, praising the success of SpaceX’s C2+ mission…

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Next Gen Shuttle-Capable vehicle interest as secret effort to save orbiters ends


For the past several months, a plan to restart shuttle operations – funded by billions of dollars of secured non-government investment – was under evaluation with NASA and…

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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…

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Lawmakers told shuttle restart questions are years too late


During Wednesday’s Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee Hearing – which focused on the Russian investigation into their recent Soyuz failure – the question on restarting shuttle was once again…

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PRCB managers recommend Atlantis and Endeavour become SLS donors


NASA managers have further refined their plans to transfer Orbiter and Ground Support Equipment (GSE) Main Propulsion System (MPS) hardware to the Space Launch System (SLS). Known as…

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Cull of Shuttle skillset threatens efficiency and safety risks – DeCastro


As the Space Shuttle Program (SSP) officially ended this week – closing out 30 years of achievements and advancements in human space travel – United Space Alliance (USA)…

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Shuttle orbiters may donate their entire MPS hardware to SLS


NASA’s three retired Space Shuttle orbiters are set to donate their entire Main Propulsion Systems (MPS) to the opening salvo of Space Launch System (SLS) Heavy Lift Launch…

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Press To MECO: Documentary released on Shuttle reporting


For over 30 years, the Space Shuttle Program captured the hearts and minds of millions of people throughout the world. From following the missions on TV, in newspapers,…

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Reversing the nonsensical retirement of Shuttle requires a miracle – DeCastro


As the Space Shuttle Program (SSP) heads into its final week of operations, United Space Alliance (USA) Vice President and SSP manager Howard DeCastro has spoken about how…

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Wings In Orbit – Wayne Hale Interview


In an interview with NASASpaceflight.com, former Space Shuttle Program (SSP) manager Wayne Hale spoke about the upcoming book on the history of the Shuttle, “Wings In Orbit,” his…

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Director Paul Hill speaks of the valuable future role to be played by MOD


In an interview with NASASpaceflight.com, Mission Operations Directorate (MOD) Director Paul Hill spoke of his pride for the MOD community, whilst outlining his vision for the future as…

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Major Shuttle and ISS extension drive taking place at the Augustine Commission


With NASA authorization language already being drawn up behind the scenes by Congress, Augustine Commission ISS/Shuttle subgroup lead Dr Sally Ride – along with several key NASA and…

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Extra NASA funds: An initial step towards gap reduction options/extension


US lawmakers have agreed on a stimulus package that includes just over $1 billion in additional funds for NASA, to be utilized during 2009 and 2010. While the…

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Largest CT system in US to be shutdown during shuttle transition


NASA’s Program Requirements Control Board (PRCB) has revealed that the Computed Tomography (CT) system, located at the Santa Susana Field Lab (SSFL) in Canoga Park, CA – the…