Posts Tagged ‘SRB’

ATK conduct DM-2 test – Inline SD HLV gaining NASA support


Alliant Techsystems (ATK) and NASA have tested the second fully developed “Ares” five-segment solid rocket motor, known as Development Motor-2 (DM-2), at their Utah test facility on Tuesday….

Boosters providing solid swansong – STS-132 IFA notes excellent performance


As the era of large Solid Rocket Boosters (SRBs) for NASA launch vehicles appears to be drawing to a close, the performance of STS-132′s booster set was recorded…

STS-132 begins countdown – Exceptional STS-131 SRB/RSRM performance


As the countdown begins for STS-132, mission managers are continuing to review the status of Atlantis’ hardware, using the baseline of the Flight Readiness Reviews (FRRs). In particular,…

STS-131: SRB flight rationale gained following gyro test failure


With Discovery’s payload now installed into the orbiter’s Payload Bay, all eyes are on Friday’s Agency Flight Readiness Review (FRR). Several items of interest are under review, all…

Shuttle Boosters to sport APU fuel pump safety redesign from STS-134


A redesign to the Solid Rocket Booster (SRB) Thrust Vector Control (TVC) Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) fuel pump will be implemented on STS-134 and STS-133 – currently the…

Shuttle Program assesses SRB and RSRM Readiness for STS-130


With just under one week to go before the opening launch attempt for Space Shuttle Endeavour and the STS-130 crew, the Flight Readiness Reviews (FRR) have thoroughly reviewed…

IFA Review reveals solid performance of STS-129 SRBs and Main Engines


Capping off a highly successful year for the Space Shuttle Program, the STS-129 flight of Atlantis last month has undergone its final, official post-flight assessment: the all-important In-Flight…

ATK class STS-129 booster motor performance as excellent


Shuttle managers have concluded the key review of STS-129′s mission, in turn providing a baseline for STS-130′s Flight Readiness Reviews (FRRs). The STS-129 IFA (In Flight Anomaly) review…

Ares I-X launches – managers claim successful test flight


Ares I-X has launched on the second attempt at 11:30am Eastern, and although the First Stage and the Upper Stage Simulator (USS) appeared to recontact after separation (later confirmed that…

STS-128 confirmed for August 25 – RSRM and SRB performance reviewed


With STS-128 and Discovery officially cleared by the SOMD (Space Operations Mission Directorate) FRR for an opening launch attempt on Tuesday, August 25 at 1:36A.M. EDT, NASA’s ongoing…

Discovery completes dramatic rollout – Unique SRB repairs to take place at Pad


With around three weeks until the launch of STS-128, Discovery has finally arrived at Pad 39A, following a dramatic 10 hour-plus rollout on Tuesday. Once at the pad,…

STS-127 heads toward June 13 – SRB modifications identified during SSP FRR


NASA officials have cleared Space Shuttle Endeavour for launch on June 13 at 7:17a.m. This mission, the STS-127/2J/A flight, will complete assembly of the Japanese Kibo Laboratory complex…

NASA reviews SRB upgrades at STS-125 FRR – Outlines STS-119 event


With launch of STS-125 now less than a week away, NASA managers have thoroughly reviewed the performance of the Solid Rocket Boosters (SRBs) from the previous missions, approving…

Downstream processing and planning – preparing the fleet through to STS-135


Even though shuttle managers are preparing for two missions in the space of a month, efforts on the downstream flights are at various stages of processing and planning,…

STS-119 IFA Review: Focus on Discovery’s Boosters


The usual ballet of reviews to ensure safe flight has moved through another key stage, following the full review of STS-119′s IFAs (In Flight Anomalies). With the next…

STS-119: SAW deploy success highlights Flight Day 6


Discovery continues to perform without any issues of note as her crew completed the task of remotely deploying the 1B and 3B solar arrays from the newly installed…

STS-119 gains waiver for age life issue with SRB aft cone LSCs


A waiver to be issued for STS-119 on the RSRB (Reusable Solid Rocket Motor) Aft exit cone linear shaped charge (LSC) – which is designed to sever exit cone…

Risk assessment notes holddown post debris threat to shuttle


An assessment into the holddown post failure on STS-126′s launch has found that debris that is not captured by the Debris Containment System (DCS) is capable of impacting…

SRB Holddown posts undergoing redesign evaluation ahead of STS-119


Engineers will meet in the middle of January to push forward with a redesign of the Holddown Post (HDP) Debris Containment System (DCS), in time for the launch…

Review notes excellent performance of STS-126′s Reusable Solid Rocket Motors


As NASA’s triumphant 2008 year comes to a close – a year that saw four Space Shuttle construction flights to the International Space Station (ISS) - engineers around the…