Posts Tagged ‘STS-133’

OBSS Sensor Protect for Soyuz Flyaround and WLEIDS Status Reviewed


NASA is gearing up for what will be a jammed packed STS-133, along with the possibility of a Soyuz fly-around during Discovery’s docked mission still under consideration. To this…

STS-133: FRR approves Discovery’s launch for next Thursday


As had been expected over the last 24 hours, managers at the Flight Readiness Review (FRR) approved the February 24 launch date target for Discovery’s final trip into…

STS-133: Discovery on track for February 24 launch thanks to IPR resolutions


After what was an eventful pad flow for Discovery last week, STS-133 is enjoying a relatively trouble-free final week ahead of S0007 (Launch Countdown) operations. Despite the one…

STS-133: Approval to press towards Agency FRR amid eventful pad flow


Space Shuttle Program (SSP) managers have completed their Delta Flight Readiness Review (FRR) with a decision to press on to the primary Agency FRR next Friday. The expected…

STS-133: NASA Considering Soyuz Flyaround to Photograph Discovery and ISS


NASA managers are investigating a proposed plan that would see a Soyuz spacecraft undock from the International Space Station (ISS) during the upcoming STS-133 mission in order to take…

STS-133: Discovery inspected following pad incident during GUCP work


The STS-133 stack has been checked for damage after a feeler gauge came apart during work to remove ET-137′s Ground Umbilical Carrier Plate (GUCP). The incident resulted in…

STS-133: GUCP to be disassembled at pad – SRBs into hyper loading tasks


With just over two weeks to launch, engineers will disassemble the Ground Umbilical Carrier Plate (GUCP) at the pad, after it was noted the troublesome hardware failed a…

STS-133: Discovery enjoying early pad flow – ET-137 flight rationale positive


Discovery remains on track for an opening launch attempt on February 24, as the stack is put through S0009 Launch Pad Validation task out at Complex 39A. No…

STS-133 rolls out to 39A – Managers call for ET-122 radius block installation


Discovery has completed her journey back out to Pad 39A with her modified External Tank (ET-137), with first motion at 8pm local on Monday evening, following an issue-free…

STS-133: Stringer repairs to be completed on ET-137 this week


A group of United Space Alliance (USA) and Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) technicians and engineers have finished work on modifying the stringers on Discovery’s External Tank (ET-137), with…

STS-133 launch remains on track as Bowen replaces the injured Kopra


Discovery’s final mission to the International Space Station (ISS) remains on track for February 24, despite a late change to the crew. With Mission Specialist – and lead…

STS-133: Discovery aiming for Feb 1 rollout – Crewmember Kopra injured


Shuttle Discovery is aiming to roll back out to Pad 39A on February 1, following what will be the completion of numerous “radius block” modifications to the circumferance…

ET-137 deep into repairs and modifications – ATV-2 likely to aid launch date


Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) technicians and engineers are working hard to replace, repair and modify numerous stringers on Discovery’s External Tank (ET-137), as…

STS-133 launch slip impacts HTV-2 and ATV-2 missions


Following the further delay of the STS-133/ULF-5 mission into late February, International Space Station (ISS) Program Managers are readjusting the mission plans for Europe’s Automated Transfer Vehicle-2 (ATV-2)…

STS-133: PRCB recommends 103 ET-137 stringer mods – Launch date slipping


Thursday’s Program Requirements Control Board (PRCB) meeting overviewed the status of Discovery’s External Tank (ET-137), with recommendations made to install radius blocks on over 100 stringers. A new…

STS-133: ET-137 stringer investigation boosted by potential root cause find


The root cause of the cracked stringers on STS-133′s External Tank (ET-137) may have been found, following the investigation team’s findings that the material used for the tank’s…

ET-137 stringers to be modified – LO2 flange foam liberation assessed


NASA managers have made a key decision to modify 34 stringers on the LO2 flange area of the tank – following the observation of several cracks around its circumference….

Wrapping Up 2010: Safety and Success with an eye toward the Future


As NASA enters 2011, preparations are underway for an exciting new venture in space operations with the development of commercial transportation services to the International Space Station, the…

STS-133: Managers to decide on ET-137 stringer modifications next week


Following a Space Shuttle Program (SSP) meeting on Thursday, a decision on carrying out modifications to STS-133′s External Tank (ET-137) won’t be made until next week, as engineers…

STS-133: Discovery aiming for January 13 rollout for February launch target


With Discovery now back inside the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB), a preliminary timeline has listed January 13 as a preliminary target to return to Pad 39A in order…