Posts Tagged ‘STS-130’

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STS-130: Endeavour tracking no major FRR topics as launch pace heats up


With less than two weeks until STS-130’s launch with Endeavour, managers are already setting up the readiness meetings for STS-131 – which is scheduled to launch the following…

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STS-130: Crew and Endeavour ready for TCDT – MEI sensor data update


The STS-130 crew are undertaking the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (TCDT) this week, which will be used as the dress rehearsal launch countdown for the real thing on February…

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STS-130: Node 3 undergoing installation – NH3 line options protect Feb 7 target


Following a few minor delays due to poor weather at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC), the arrival of STS-130’s payload to Pad 39A has taken place in the…

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Cold weather delays STS-130 pad flow – Right SRB undergoes troubleshooting


Hypergolic loading of the STS-130 stack has suffered a slight delay due to unacceptable temperatures at Pad 39A, allowing for troubleshooting to take place with the Hydraulic Power…

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Tiger Team positive of hose solution options to keep STS-130 on track


Managers have been evaluating options for STS-130’s launch and mission duration, following the test failures of ammonia lines that are related to Endeavour’s Node 3 payload. While options…

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STS-130 may be postponed as Node 3 problem threatens mission swap


International Space Station (ISS) managers are conducting a series of meetings to discuss problems relating to Node 3’s associated ammonia lines, which have suffered from rupturing during proof…

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All three orbiters enjoying busy flows – Atlantis has her nose cap repaired


With Endeavour undergoing pad validation work – as engineers make the hundreds of connections to prepare her for launch in a month’s time – processing of her older…

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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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STS-130: Endeavour starts chilly rollout Wednesday morning


With all the engineers back from the Christmas holidays, Endeavour is rolling out to Pad 39A on Wednesday morning. Call To Stations (CTS) was put into effect early,…

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STS-130: Endeavour ready for rollout after late repairs on ET-134


A tiny washer has been removed from External Tank ET-134, after an engineer spotted the rouge item embedded into GO2 pressline guide rail. Engineers had to dig out…

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STS-130: PRCB sets Feb 7 launch date as Endeavour sleeps in VAB


Mating operations have been completed in the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) ahead of an extended stay for Endeavour as the STS-130 stack, with the orbiter now powered down…

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STS-130: Endeavour arrives in the VAB for mating


Endeavour has completed her rollover to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB), ahead of mating with External Tank (ET-134) and the twin Solid Rocket Boosters (SRBs). No issues have…

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Endeavour readied for trip to VAB, sporting new MEI instrumentation


STS-130 is set to achieve its latest milestone, as Endeavour prepares to rollover to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) on Friday. The youngest orbiter in the fleet will…

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STS-130: ET-134 Intertank tested – Mission duration change requested


Following two intertank foam loss events on recent flights, further checks have been carried out on the next External Tank set to fly – ET-134. Additional pull tests…

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STS-130: Endeavour set for Christmas stay in VAB for Feb 6 mission


Shuttle managers have decided to delay rollout of Endeavour to Pad 39A until January 6 for her STS-130 mission. With rollover of the orbiter remaining on target for…

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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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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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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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Adhesive tape caused STS-127 SSME nozzle leaks – STS-130 SSME milestone


Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne engineers have found the application of “tacky tape” – used to seal the throat plugs on the Space Shuttle Main Engines (SSME) since the…

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Shuttle fleet in smooth processing on both sides of the United States


Discovery is on track for her weekend cross country trip back to the Kennedy Space Center, whereboth  her sisters are deep in processing for their upcoming missions.  Post…