Posts Tagged ‘STS-129’

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SpaceX announce successful activation of Dragon’s CUCU onboard ISS


Following its arrival onboard shuttle Atlantis during STS-129, the CRS UHF Communication Unit (CUCU) – a key element for the upcoming demonstration of SpaceX’s Dragon capsule – has…

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Endeavour Arrives at Pad 39A; STS-129 IFA Review Promotes STS-130 FRRs


Endeavour has completed her 3.5-mile journey to Launch Pad 39A from the VAB ahead of her targeted February 7 launch date on the STS-130 mission. Meanwhile, managers and…

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Water on the Moon, Ares I-X, Logistics on ISS – Future Aspirations Mark 2009


If the first half of 2009 for NASA demonstrated the agency’s unwavering attention to safety, NASA not only continued that trend – upholding the utmost safety standards in…

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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…

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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…

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Extension decision no closer after “one heck of a year” for shuttle


The Space Shuttle Program (SSP) will have “no idea” where it stands from a budget standpoint until February, as the viability of extending the shuttle manifest continues to…

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Flawless Atlantis returns home to the Kennedy Space Center


STS-129 has concluded with a homecoming to Florida, following a flawless mission for Atlantis and her crew. Landing at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) was at 9:44am Eastern, following…

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EOM-1; Flight Controllers Review Thermal Margin Control for Atlantis


As Atlantis’ seven member crew enjoy a working Thanksgiving on orbit, preparations are in full swing to bring Atlantis home tomorrow morning after, what has been, an extremely…

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Atlantis undocks and conducts Late Inspections – DAT status


Atlantis has undocked from the International Space Station (ISS), as she prepares to target a landing on Friday. Late Inspections took place later on Flight Day 10, although…

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STS-129: Atlantis ready to bring crew – and hardware – back home


STS-129 is spending its last full day on the International Space Station, ahead of Wednesday’s undocking. Flight Day 9 is focusing on transferring the remaining items on the…

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STS-129 concludes final EVA – STS-130 ET/SRB mate on Monday


Randy Bresnik and Robert Satcher have compelted the third and final EVA of STS-129′s mission, as work is already ramping up on the next mission to launch out…

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Superb EVA-2 highlights FD6 – ODS issue cleared for contingency redock


STS-129 Spacewalkers Michael Foreman and Randolph Bresnik have concluded the second of three EVAs, which has been slightly replanned due to the success of EVA-1 and alarms on…

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STS-129: ELC-2, Internal Transfers and EVA-2 preps mark Flight Day 5


As part of NASA’s effort to stockpile the International Space Station with as many spare components as possible before the retirement of the Space Shuttle fleet, the Express…

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STS-129 completes EVA-1 – TPS cleared from Focused Inspection


Spacewalkers Mike Foreman (EV1) and Robert Satcher (EV2) have completed the first of three EVAs on Flight Day 4, with tasks including installing a spare communications antenna, routing…

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Atlantis completes RPM and docks with the ISS


With her Flight Day 2 (FD-2) Thermal Protection System inspections behind her, Atlantis has docked with the International Space Station (ISS) – following a visually stunning R-bar Pitch Maneuver…

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STS-129: TPS Inspections mark FD2 – Photos show extremely clean ET-133


STS-129′s crew have worked through the primary Flight Day 2 task of inspecting Atlantis’ Thermal Protection System via the Orbiter Boom Sensor System (OBSS), while the Mission Management Team (MMT)…

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STS-129: Atlantis in clean launch ahead of opening TPS inspections


Only three minor foam liberation events have been noted in initial ascent imagery evaluations, with External Tank ET-133 appearing to perform extremely well during launch. Further checks will…

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LAUNCH DAY LIVE: Fuel Cell 2 issue cleared – Atlantis in perfect launch


With a smooth countdown behind her, Atlantis launched on her opening opportunity on the STS-129/ULF-3 mission to the International Space Station (ISS). Engineers only had to work one…

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L-1 MMT prepare for STS-129 tanking – engineers discuss Atlantis with her crew


Atlantis continues to behave herself on Pad 39A, with no notable issues reported in the launch countdown. With the Mission Management Team (MMT) now meeting daily, the build-up…

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STS-129: Atlantis heads into countdown – no major issues for L-2 MMT


T-43 hours and counting for the launch of Atlantis on her STS-129 mission to the International Space Station (ISS), as engineers begin a highly complex ballet of S0007…