Posts Tagged ‘STS-126’

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MMT outlines their extension day decision – EVA-4 finalizes SARJ tasks


The Mission Management Team (MMT) has decided to extend STS-126 by an additional docked day. This will allow for additional troubleshooting time on the Water Recycling System (WRS)…

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Marathon EVA-3 builds on SARJ work – NOAX gun option explained


Spacewalkers Heide Stefanyshyn-Piper (EV1) and Steve Bowen (EV2) have completed the third of four EVAs during STS-126, once again focusing on the starboard SARJ (Solar Alpha Rotary Joint)….

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DAT role – Examining every inch of Endeavour’s TPS for safe return


The engineering review of Endeavour’s Thermal Protection System (TPS) – which earlier this week cleared the orbiter for re-entry – has once again shown the amazing level of…

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EVA-2 marks 10th birthday for ISS – STS-126 passing midway point


On the tenth anniversary of the International Space Station (ISS), Astronauts Shane Kimbrough (EV3) and Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper (EV1) have conducted the second of four EVAs during STS-126. As…

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Pad 39A Flame Trench repair performed well during STS-126 launch


Engineers at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) have compiled a preliminary report on the state of Launch Pad 39A – highlighting a lack of major damage to the…

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STS-126: EVA-1 opens major effort to repair SARJ on Station


Spacewalkers Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper (EV1), and Stephen Bowen (EV2) have completed the first of four EVAs planned for STS-126, which are centered around replacing the Trundle Bearing Assemblies (TBAs)…

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STS-126: MPLM attached to ISS – ET-129 images show extremely clean tank


The “Leonardo” Multi-Purpose Logistics Module (MPLM) has been transferred from Endeavour’s payload bay to Node 2 of the International Space Station (ISS) on Flight Day 4 of STS-126….

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Endeavour and crew arrive at ISS to start docked phase of STS-126


Space shuttle Endeavour has docked with the International Space Station (ISS), and her crew have ingressed the orbital outpost on Flight Day 3 of STS-126. Endeavour’s arrival was…

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FD2 inspections completed as Endeavour pursues ISS for Sunday docking


Endeavour continues to close the distance between herself and the International Space Station (ISS), as Flight Day 2 activities – focusing mainly on the Orbiter Boom Sensor System (OBSS)…

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STS-126/Endeavour launches after issue-free countdown


Space shuttle Endeavour has launched on what is the heaviest logistics flight to the International Space Station (ISS). Carrying the “Leonardo” Multi-Purpose Logistics Module (MPLM). STS-126 is a…

STS-126 remains on track – tanking slightly delayed via overnight troubleshoot


Endeavour’s External Tank (ET-129) tanking operation is now in stable replenish, as STS-126 remains on schedule for a 19:55 local time launch to the International Space Station (ISS)….

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RSS retracted to reveal Endeavour – ODS issue cleared for flight


STS-126’s S0007 launch countdown operations have reached another milestone, with the retraction of the Rotating Service Structure (RSS), ahead of tanking on Friday morning. Processing continues to be…

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STS-126: Super smooth Endeavour easing through the countdown to L-1


A loose washer on a ground support carrier plate is the only reported issue, as Endeavour heads towards launch day – in an amazingly issue-free S0007 launch countdown…

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STS-126 launch countdown begins – Atlantis heads back to OPF-1


The three day launch countdown for STS-126 has begun, marking the start of S0007 operations – which will hopefully conclude with the launch of Endeavour at 7:55pm local…

ISS prepares for arrival of STS-126 – STS-119 launch date advancement debate


With STS-126 closing in on the start of S0007 – otherwise known as the three day launch countdown – Expedition 18 are busily preparing for Endeavour’s arrival on…

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STS-126 to debut SRB modification to gather Ares I Thrust Oscillation data


STS-126 will see the flight debut of two new sets of instrumentation, aimed at gathering more detailed data on RSRM (Reusable Solid Rocket Motor) behaviour during the first…

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IFA lessons learned aid STS-126’s upcoming mission safety


As Endeavour heads into the home stretch of pad processing before her scheduled launch on November 14, technicians and program managers continue to emphasize – through a series of…

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NASA realign five 2009 missions – Ares I-X likely heading to Oct, 09


The Space Shuttle Program (SSP) have concluded their manifest meeting by realigning the 2009 shuttle schedule. The preliminary schedule changes – which calls for five shuttle missions –…

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STS-126 working Display Processor issue – STS-125 de-stack preps


Engineers are working a connection issue with an Integrated Display Processor on Endeavour, which is currently a constraint to moving into the S0007 Launch Countdown.  Meanwhile, Atlantis will…

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Safety enhancements dominate STS-126 Flight Readiness Reviews


As Space Shuttle Endeavour continues to enjoy a smooth processing flow at pad 39A, Space Shuttle Program (SSP) managers have completed a series of Flight Readiness Reviews (FRRs)…