Posts Tagged ‘STS-130’

January-April 2010: Safety and Understanding Triumph over Schedule


If 2009 demonstrated an amazing execution of both unprecedented missions of science, cooperation, and exploration for NASA, 2010 undoubtedly demonstrated the agency’s unwavering commitment to investigation and understanding…

Endeavour’s post-flight TPS – Protruding window insert remained in place


Endeavour enjoyed an extremely clean flight, following a post-landing TPS (Thermal Protection System) report, which noted only a few dings and a breached thermal barrier on her Nose…

One in, one out – Discovery and Endeavour tag for next mission


Endeavour has safely returned to her Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF-2), following the highly successful STS-130 mission – which concluded on Sunday night with a safe landing at the…

STS-130: Endeavour beats the weather and returns to KSC


With the weather at both the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and Edwards Air Force Base (Dryden Flight Research Facility) originally looking less than hopeful for all Sunday landing…

STS-130 EOM-1: Endeavour carries out FCS checks; TPS Clearance Overview


As Endeavour sails into what is expected to be her final full day on orbit, the STS-130 crew spent the day testing and reconfiguring Endeavour ahead of the…

Endeavour undocks and completes Late Inspections – Another MMOD strike


Shuttle Endeavour has undocked from the International Space Station (ISS), marking the completion of a highly successful docked phase for STS-130. With Late Inspections also completed by the…

STS-130 prepares for undocking – MMOD impact on hatch cleared


The crew of Endeavour have bid farewell to the International Space Station, following the closure of hatches between the two vehicles. No issues are being worked on the…

STS-130: EVA-3 marks Cupola’s grand opening – Comm issues evaluated


International Space Station (ISS) crews have begun to enjoy a unique view of the planet below them, as STS-130′s spacewalkers removed the MLI blanket insulation blankets from the…

EVA-2 brings Node 3 to life – Additional docked day option taken


The crew of the Space Shuttle Endeavour have been working through Flight Day 7, as mission managers took the expected step of extending STS-130 by an additional docked day….

STS-130: EVA-1 complete as Node-3/Tranquility is installed on Station


With Endeavour continuing to enjoy a smooth stay on orbit, attentions turned to first of three EVAs for the STS-130 mission. Bob Behnken and Nick Patrick (EV-1 and…

STS-130: Endeavour docks with ISS – Port Wing protrusion evaluated


An upper elevon “sliding seal” on one of Endeavour’s port wing flippers has protruded, although early Damage Assessment Team (DAT) reports claim only a low level of concern….

STS-130 completes Flight Day 2 inspections following impressive launch


Endeavour and her crew of six have enjoyed their first full day on orbit following a stunning night-time launch from the Kennedy Space Center at 04:14:08 EST on…

STS-130 Endeavour beats the weather and launches, SSME improvements


Shuttle Endeavour has launched on the second launch to start STS-130, following a 24 hour scrub due to unacceptable cloud cover on Sunday morning. The youngest orbiter in…

SCRUB: Weather delays Endeavour 24 hours – ET-134 sports final tank mods


Clouds over the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) have scrubbed Endeavour’s launch by 24 hours. Earlier, tanking was delayed tanking by 30 minutes to allow engineers to clear the pad…

Endeavour on track as FD Alibaruho rallies troops in an Adama-style address


Endeavour is continuing to enjoy a smooth pad flow as she is prepared for Sunday morning’s STS-130 launch – a welcome switch of attention, as workforce opposition to…

STS-130: Managers ask worried workforce to focus as countdown begins


STS-130 has moved into S0007 (Launch Countdown) operations, ahead of Endeavour’s Sunday morning launch from the Kennedy Space Center (KSC). The mission comes shortly after NASA Administrator Charlie…

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…

STS-130: Damage on left booster cleared, LCC flooded – FRR summary


A Problem Report (PR) has been cleared for what is being described as a “scratch” on Endeavour’s left Solid Rocket Booster (SRB) – following a Focused Inspection at…

STS-130: Agency FRR approves February 7 launch date for Endeavour


The Agency Flight Readiness Review (FRR) has concluded with the approval for Endeavour to take an opening launch attempt on February 7. As part of the standard readiness…

STS-130: Final mission planning going smoothly for Endeavour


As NASA managers prepare to meet on Wednesday for the final Flight Readiness Review (FRR) ahead of Endeavour’s penultimate mission, workers throughout the agency are hard at work…