Posts Tagged ‘STS-132’

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Mid-2010: Atlantis’s First Last Flight and NASA’s Uncertain Future


If the first third of 2010 represented an outstanding and unwavering commitment to safety and technical investigation/understanding, the middle portion of 2010 would bring with it not only…

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STS-132’s OBSS cable snag sets up potential mitigation plan


Following the snagged cable incident on Atlantis’ Orbiter Boom Sensor System (OBSS) Pan Tilt Unit (PTU) during STS-132, the Program Requirements Control Board (PRCB) have outlined their investigation…

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Boosters providing solid swansong – STS-132 IFA notes excellent performance


As the era of large Solid Rocket Boosters (SRBs) for NASA launch vehicles appears to be drawing to a close, the performance of STS-132’s booster set was recorded…

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Streaks from Atlantis’ SSMEs noted as Discovery gains engines back


An In Flight Anomaly (IFA) Review into STS-132’s ascent has noted an observation of over 200 streaks from Atlantis’ Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME) plumes during ascent. While…

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Excellent External Tank TPS performance reduces pull test requirements


A multi-stage approach to the mitigation of foam liberations from the intertank region of the External Tanks (ETs) continues to pay dividends, as STS-132’s In Flight Anomaly (IFA)…

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Atlantis ready for STS-335 flow following impressive mission performance


After what is becoming more likely to have been her last flight, Atlantis is continuing post roll in operations, as she prepares to head into STS-335 processing in…

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STS-132: Atlantis arrives home to KSC – FCS debris events noted


Shuttle Atlantis has managed to dodge unacceptable weather at her home port of the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) on Wednesday, taking the first of the two Florida landing…

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STS-132: DAT Clear Atlantis’ Thermal Protection System for Landing


As Atlantis’ crew complete final checkouts for entry and arrival back home at the Kennedy Space Center, the Damage Assessment Team (DAT) have successfully concluded¬†their thorough review of…

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Atlantis Undocks from ISS; Potential Thruster Heater Failure Workaround


Following a spectacularly successful docked mission to the ISS, Atlantis has undocked from the orbiting international science laboratory for the final time in her career. Meanwhile, should mission…

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STS-132: Atlantis and the ISS set to bid farewell for likely the final time


There’s always a chance the unavoidable end of the shuttle program may be at least paced out via at least one additional flight, although the official schedule continues…

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STS-132: Extensive evaluations allow for nominal Late Inspection plan


The Damage Assessment Team (DAT) arm of the Mission Management Team (MMT) are no strangers to high praise for their work in ensuring an orbiter is safe to…

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STS-132: Final EVA completes battery task – WLE IDS data review in focus


Following a spectacular performance by Steve Bowen and Mike Good during a packed EVA-2, STS-132’s final planned space walk was completed in a similar fashion. Meanwhile, Mission Managers…

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EVA-2: OBSS PTU Cable Repair and P6 Battery R&R worked by STS-132


As STS-132¬†reaches its half-way point, astronauts Steve Bowen and Mike Good have ventured outside the Station/Shuttle complex to conduct the second of three planned EVAs of the mission…

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STS-132: Russia’s MRM-1 installed – Port Wing clearance boost


Russia’s Mini Research Module-1 (MRM-1) “Rassvet” has been successfully docked and installed on to the Russian segment of the International Space Station (ISS). Meanwhile, the Mission Management Team…

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STS-132 completes EVA-1 as SGANT Installation takes center stage


Following a stunning R-bar Pitch Maneuver (RPM) and docking to the ISS Sunday morning, Atlantis’ crew have completed the first of three complex EVAs (spacewalks) of the STS-132…

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STS-132: Atlantis docks with ISS – Extremely clean ET-136


NASA’s trusted mitigation approach to problems with their complex hardware has again paid dividends, with efforts to reduce foam liberation from their External Tanks (ETs) rewarded by photography…

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After a Storied 25-years, Atlantis Celebrates One Final Time in Orbit


And so to the end. With a flawless countdown and a launch into a clear blue sky, the Space Shuttle Atlantis launched for her 32nd and final time…

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STS-132: Atlantis launches on opening attempt


Atlantis has launched – possibily for the final time – at 14:20:07 EDT on Friday. The Mission Management Team (MMT) meeting on opened Friday’s relatively issue-free countdown by…

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STS-132 L-2 MMT: IFAs Cleared Ahead of Atlantis’ Launch


With S0007 (Countdown) operations underway for Friday afternoon’s scheduled 14:20:07 EDT launch of Atlantis, Program managers have completed the customary L-2 MMT (Mission Management Team) meeting – officially…

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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,…