Posts Tagged ‘STS-134’

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STS-134: Endeavour safely in orbit for packed mission


The 25th and final mission of Endeavour is underway following a visually stunning mid-morning liftoff from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center. Endeavour and her six-man…

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STS-134: APU heaters perform without issue as Endeavour launches


Shuttle Endeavour is back in space for what is scheduled to be her final mission. A nominal countdown, which included an issue-free tanking, resulted in an on time…

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STS-134: ISSP Approves DDO – Soyuz Flyabout Returns to Mission Planning


International Space Station (ISS) program managers have approved the use of Dual Docked Operations (DDO) during the upcoming STS-134 mission, the first time such an operation has ever…

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STS-134 begins countdown – VADER payload struggles with launch delay


Endeavour remains on track for launch on Monday, as she hit the start of her S0007 Launch Countdown operation on time at 7am Friday morning. No issues are…

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STS-134: Endeavour closing in on S0007 – ALCA-2 root cause update


Endeavour is on track to head back into Launch Countdown (S0007) operations on Friday, as her engineers complete tasks associated with reconnecting the ordnance to the stack and…

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STS-134 moves to NET May 16 target amid APU wiring and thermos work


Endeavour’s final mission is now tracking a No Earlier Than (NET) May 16 launch date, following a Program level meeting to evaluate the schedule for the troubleshooting work…

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STS-134: Managers move launch to NET May 10 – APU/LCA work continues


NASA managers have internally refined Endeavour’s troubleshooting schedule on Monday, placing STS-134 on a NET (No Earlier Than) launch date of May 10. The schedule continues to be…

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STS-134: Launch slips to NET May 8 as APU troubleshooting finds LCA fault


Endeavour’s critical – and final – mission to the International Space Station (ISS) has been delayed until at least May 8, following an engineering evaluation into her Auxiliary…

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Endeavour suffers from troublesome countdown, APU issue scrubs launch


Shuttle Endeavour – the youngest orbiter in the fleet – was preparing for her final hours prior to launch, after the Mission Management Team (MMT) met to approve…

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STS-134: Endeavour ready for her big day as L-1 resolves minor issues


Endeavour is all set for her final S0007 launch countdown events, opening with the retraction of the Rotating Service Structure (RSS), delayed to 11:45pm local time on Thursday. Only…

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Final Launch Reviews Reveal Modifications to Endeavour for STS-134


With Endeavour zipping through S0007 (launch countdown) ops, teams at Launch Complex 39A have completed PRSD load for Endeavour’s three electricity-producing Fuel Cells. Meanwhile, with no outstanding issues…

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STS-134: Endeavour begins S0007 Launch Countdown


Endeavour has entered the three day countdown for what is likely to be her final ever launch. No issues are in work ahead of the next key status…

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STS-134 Agency FRR approves April 29 launch – Storm damage evaluations


Managers at the Agency Flight Readiness Review (FRR) have – as expected – approved April 29 as the launch date for STS-134. The meeting also discussed the health…

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STS-134: Endeavour ordnance installation on tap – Mission still being tweaked


Following a relatively relaxed week at Pad 39A, Endeavour is preparing to enter Ordnance installation tasks on Monday and Tuesday, as the youngest orbiter in the fleet heads…

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STS-134: Endeavour heading towards S0007 preparations – mission extended


With a large amount of contingency in her pad flow, Endeavour’s processing pace has slowed down this week. The flow is expected to ramp up on Friday as…

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STS-134 Soyuz Flyabout Cancelled – Planning switched to STS-135


Following a meeting between NASA and Russian Space Agency (Roscosmos) managers on Friday, a decision was made to call off the planned Soyuz documentary flyabout of the International…

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STS-134: SSMEs ready to fly – Stack cleared following more bad weather


Endeavour is happily moving through her pad flow, despite having to endure yet more bad weather over her launch pad – resulting in additional inspections for hail damage…

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NASA reviews STS-133 SRB/RSRM Performance ahead of STS-134


Following the highly successful launch of the STS-133 mission, NASA and its contractors have reviewed the vehicle’s performance for any In-Flight Anomalies, or IFAs, on the systems of the…

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STS-134: Launch date slips to April 29 due to Russian Progress conflict


NASA managers – following negotiations with their Russian partners – have decided to slip STS-134 to April 29. The slip of STS-134 – Endeavour’s final mission to the International…

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High hopes for Soyuz flyabout during STS-134 following positive planning


NASA managers have been presented with a working plan and completed assessments on the potential for a Soyuz flyaround of the Shuttle/Station stack during Endeavour’s docked mission. With…