Posts Tagged ‘STS-129’

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STS-129: Practising launch – Flight controllers put to the test


The STS-129 ascent/entry flight control team and flight crew concluded the fourth and final integrated ascent simulation at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) on Tuesday. NASASpaceflight.com’s Philip Sloss…

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MEI Flight Rationale success – Delta IV delay aids Atlantis’ launch window


As preparations at LC-39A continue for the start of the STS-129 Countdown at 1pm local time on Friday, engineers have successfully earned Flight Rationale acceptance for the Main Engine Ignition (MEI)…

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STS-129 ready to support Dragon communication demo with ISS


When STS-129 launches next week, Atlantis will have one eye on the future, as she carries the CRS UHF Communication Unit (CUCU), a key element for the upcoming…

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Previous In-Flight Anomalies Evaluated for STS-129


As Atlantis’ launch date nears, engineers, Space Shuttle Program managers, and Agency personnel are continuing their analysis of the Main Engine Ignition acoustic environment on the Stinger pods…

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STS-129: Atlantis receiving her ordnance – MEI evaluations continuing


Atlantis is continuing to push towards her November 16 launch date, with the pad flow milestone of ordinance installation taking place this weekend. Meanwhile, the main focus of…

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STS-129: Borescope inspections completed – aggressive instrumentation plan


An Engineering Review Board (ERB) meeting has created an aggressive forward plan to add instrumentation to Atlantis, with the aim of gaining a further understanding into the stresses…

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Atlantis’ payload installation milestone for STS-129 flow


With less than two weeks to go before the scheduled launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis to the International Space Station (ISS), technicians at Launch Pad 39-A have begun…

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STS-129: MEI issue may require additional instrumentation – NBL incident


Engineers are closing in on a plan to install instrumentation on Atlantis – in time for her November 16 launch date – in order to understand a potential…

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Shuttle Program managers outline mission priorities for STS-129


With Space Shuttle Atlantis now officially targeting a launch on November 16, Space Shuttle Program (SSP) managers have – via Flight Readiness Review (FRR) documentation – reviewed and…

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STS-129: Main Engine Ignition Acoustic debate leads FRR


Managers at the STS-129 Agency Flight Readiness Review (FRR) have been discussing an issue relating to an attach point between the aft Reaction Control System and OMS Pod,…

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STS-129: Special flight deck Minicam set to film ET ramps during ascent


Last week’s Space Shuttle Program (SSP) Flight Readiness Review (FRR) has approved the installation of a special minicam pointing out of window 4 on Atlantis’ flight deck. The…

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STS-129 aims for three day launch window – ET-134 arrives for STS-130


Space Shuttle Program (SSP) manager John Shannon expects STS-129 to enjoy a three day launch window, as Atlantis finds some elbow room between two satellite launches from the…

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Delta IV may yield to Atlantis – SSP Flight Readiness Review complete


As engineers continue to prepare Shuttle Atlantis for her NET (No Earlier Than) November 16 launch, negotiations to secure a longer launch window for STS-129 (the launch window…

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STS-129 slips to November 16 after Atlas wins Range battle


Atlantis has been reduced to just one launch attempt – on November 16 – after STS-129 lost the battle for the Eastern Range to two satellite launches from…

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STS-129: Atlantis in preps for TCDT – SSME nozzle flight rationale


Atlantis is enjoying a relatively smooth pad flow, with only three issues being worked, as engineers prepare the shuttle for the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (TCDT) next week….

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STS-129 may slip several days due to Range battle with Atlas launch


From an official standpoint, STS-129 is continuing to target a November 12, though Shuttle manager John Shannon noted on Thursday that Atlantis will likely aim for a window…

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Atlantis arrives at Pad 39A – FRR to be aided by clean STS-128 mission


The STS-129 stack has completed rollout from the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) to Pad 39A Wednesday, ahead of the Flight Readiness Review (FRR) season – which begins with…

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STS-129: Atlantis arrives in VAB for mating – SSME mystery


Atlantis is preparing to mate with her External Tank (ET-133) and twin Solid Rocket Boosters (SRBs), following rollover to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) on Tuesday morning. Meanwhile,…

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Atlantis tracking Tuesday rollover – Two more ETs due at KSC this year


STS-129 is pressing ahead with the next processing milestone, with Atlantis preparing to roll over from her Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF-1) for the short journey to the Vehicle Assembly…

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STS-129: Atlantis closing in on rollover – Fill and Drain Valve debate


Atlantis is in the final stages of processing inside her Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF), ahead of a targeted rollover to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) on October 6….