Posts Tagged ‘STS-119’

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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…

STS-119 BLT test a success, gains a greater understanding of reentry


STS-119′s Boundary Layer Transition (BLT) Detailed Test Objective (DTO) has been deemed a huge success, following the presentation of the test results. The tests will continue on at…

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…

Endeavour rolls out for STS-400 role at Pad 39B – GUCP anomaly status


Shuttle Endeavour has completed her rollout to 39B, where she will be put through a part flow as the STS-400 LON (Launch On Need) support for Atlantis’ STS-125…

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 FCV performance boosts flight rationale for STS-125


Aiding the requirement of flight rationale for STS-125, engineers have found that the three replacement Flow Control Valves (FCVs) that flew on STS-119 suffered from no cracking, following…

ISS concern over S1 Radiator – may require replacement via shuttle mission


Imagery taken of the delaminated panel on the International Space Station’s S1 Radiator has revealed a “structural risk” on the array, which has the potential to create an…

Discovery deservicing in OPF-3 – TPS assessment positive


Following her 13 day mission in space on STS-119, Discovery is being deserviced inside her Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF-3), ahead of her next mission, STS-128. Close inspections of…

STS-119: Discovery returns home to Florida – Soyuz TMA-14 docks


Discovery has completed her highly successful mission to the International Space Station (ISS) with a return to the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) on Saturday. The crew of STS-119…

STS-119: Amazing Discovery undocks from ISS, heads to Late Inspection


Shuttle manager John Shannon has described Discovery’s performance as “amazing”, ahead of Wednesday’s undocking from the International Space Station (ISS). Discovery is now heading to Late Inspections of…

STS-119: NASA troubleshoots during problematic final EVA


Spacewalkers Richard Arnold and Joseph Acaba have completed the final EVA of STS-119, tasked with several replanned elements, including troubleshooting on the Unpressurized Cargo Carrier Attach System (UCCAS),…

Packed EVA-2 completed on FD7 of STS-119 – Discovery round-up


Due to the deletion of EVA-4 from the docked phase of STS-119, spacewalkers Joseph Acaba (EV3) and Steven Swanson (EV1) were tasked with a packed EVA-2 on Flight…

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 EVA-1: Final Truss Segment S6 installed on Station


Following the successful handover of the S6 truss element to the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) on Wednesday, astronauts Steven Swanson and Rick Arnold have completed  STS-119′s…

Complex robotics complete S6 removal – TPS cleared from Focused Inspection


A complex ballet of robotics between the Shuttle and Station arms took place on Wednesday, as the S6 is transitioned out of Discovery’s payload bay ahead of installation on…

Clean Discovery completes RPM and ISS docking


Discovery has docked with the International Space Station (ISS) on Flight Day 3, as the initial TPS (Thermal Protection System) inspection images show a very clean orbiter. Prior…

STS-119: Opening TPS inspections complete – several issues being worked


Discovery is completed her opening Thermal Protection System (TPS) inspections on Flight Day 2 of STS-119, as engineers on the ground evaluate ascent imagery and the opening ‘funnies’…

STS-119 LIVE: Discovery launches – perfect count and ride to orbit


STS-119 has launched after an issue-free tanking and countdown, following engineering work to troubleshoot a LH2 (GH2) leak from the Ground Umbilical Carrier Plate (GUCP) attached to the…

STS-119: NASA Managers press ahead with Sunday launch attempt


The second launch attempt for STS-119 will take place on Sunday at 19:43pm local time, pending the expected resolution of the leak related to the Ground Umbilical Carrier…

STS-119: LH2 leak during tanking postpones launch to March 15


STS-119′s opening launch attempt has been scrubbed until Sunday, March 15,, following a LH2 leak during tanking. The leak related to a carrier plate that is attached to the…