Posts Tagged ‘STS-131’

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…

STS-133: Discovery delayed ahead of tanking for 24 hours


The Mission Management Team (MMT) have concluded their evalations on Thursday morning by deciding to delay for 24 hours, due to unacceptable weather conditions. The decision came just prior to coming out of…

STS-132 begins countdown – Exceptional STS-131 SRB/RSRM performance


As the countdown begins for STS-132, mission managers are continuing to review the status of Atlantis’ hardware, using the baseline of the Flight Readiness Reviews (FRRs). In particular,…

High praise for STS-131 as Discovery begins her final processing flow


The Space Shuttle Program (SSP) big guns have praised the “tremendous manner” in which the STS-131 mission was completed, as Discovery begins her final processing flow on the…

STS-131: Discovery returns home for perfect landing at KSC


Discovery has returned to Earth on Tuesday, ending the highly successful STS-131 mission at the orbiter’s home base of the Kennedy Space Center (KSC). The opening KSC and Edwards…

STS-131: Discovery to spend another day in space due to poor KSC weather


Shuttle Discovery and her seven member crew will spend another day on orbit, following the wave off of both Kennedy Space Center (KSC) landing opportunities due to poor…

STS-131: Discovery undocks – STORRM and TriDAR highlighted


Following a highly successful docked mission, the STS-131 crew have undock from the International Space Station (ISS) - on schedule at 7:52am Central. Discovery is due to land at the…

STS-131: Discovery berths MPLM and completes DLI ahead of undocking


Discovery’s crew have raced through their Flight Day 12 tasks, completing the berthing of MPLM Leonardo and the Docked Late Inspections (DLI) over three hours ahead of schedule….

STS-131: MMOD strike no concern – No fourth EVA for Discovery


STS-131 is continuing to move through the docked timeline, although a possibility of a fourth EVA being added to the mission – due to a problem with the…

EVA Superheroes complete ATA tasks – DAT finalize TPS overview


On the 29th anniversary of the first Space Shuttle mission (April 12), Discovery continues to perform well, as her crew completed the third and final EVA of the…

EVA-2 completes eventful ATA replacement – previous EVA issues reviewed


After a day of internal Discovery/ISS activities, the STS-131/19A and Expedition 23 crews once again focused their efforts on the exterior of the orbiting science laboratory for the…

STS-131: NASA managers plan out extra docked day late inspections


With an additional docked day – already allowed for in the mission timeline options – now approved by the Mission Management Team (MMT), efforts on designing a preliminary…

STS-131 EVA-1 completed – No FI required for Discovery’s clean TPS


Flight Day 5 (FD-5) for STS-131 has seen the completion of the first of three scheduled EVAs (Spacewalks) of the mission. Astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Clay Anderson performed all…

Discovery docks with ISS following successful Ku Band workaround


Discovery and her seven member crew have arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) following a visually stunning R-bar Pitch Maneuver (RPM) 600 feet below the orbiting science…

STS-131: Discovery closing in on ISS docking – RSB liberation during ascent


Discovery is continuing to close the gap between herself and the International Space Station (ISS) for a Flight Day 3 rendezvous that will result in docking at 02:44am…

STS-131: FD2 inspections completed smoothly despite lack of KU capability


Veteran orbiter Discovery is closing in on the end of Flight Day 2 on orbit, following her launch at the first attempt on Monday morning, kicking off the…

Discovery launches at first attempt – ET-135 debuting intertank mitigation


Shuttle Discovery has launched at the first attempt, as STS-131 moves into Flight Day 1. Discovery enjoyed a smooth countdown – bar a slight issue with Fuel Cell…

Dryden Support – Californian facility ready for Discovery landing option


The NASA and contractor workforce at the shuttle’s backup landing site, the Dryden Flight Research Center, are completing preparations this week to support Monday morning’s launch of STS-131….

STS-131: Countdown begins for Discovery – LON requirements in place


Following a series of highly elaborative and successful Flight Readiness Reviews (FRRs), launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery on the STS-131 mission is just three days away –…

STS-131: Discovery in final preps for countdown – T-RAD debated


Discovery is enjoying a nominal pad flow towards the start of the STS-131 countdown on Friday morning. Composite Overwrap Pressure Vessels (COPV) pressurization is currently being finalized, ahead…