Posts Tagged ‘STS-135’

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STS-135: Atlantis dodges weather and launches one final time


Following was Atlantis’ last – and rather eventful – final full day at Launch Pad 39A, STS-135 has launched into orbit. After beating the odds on the weather…

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STS-135: Enabling a new era of robotic satellite refuelling in space


As Space Shuttle Atlantis prepares to blast off to the International Space Station (ISS) for her STS-135 mission on Friday, signalling the end of the Space Shuttle era, a…

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STS-135: Atlantis moving through S0007 tasks – Weather a concern for launch


Atlantis and her engineers are now working through the complex set of tasks relating to S0007 – better known as the launch countdown – with no major issues…

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STS-135: Atlantis on track for Tuesday’s S0007 launch countdown


Atlantis is continuing to behave on Pad 39A as preparations for entering S0007 tasks – otherwise known as the three day launch countdown – remain on track, with…

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STS-135: FRR sets July 8 Launch Date for Atlantis – Debris misses ISS


The Agency Flight Readiness Review (FRR) has – as expected – approved the July 8 launch date, after all outstanding issues were confirmed to be out of Atlantis’…

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STS-135: Amended Systems Abort-Once-Around practiced before launch


As all teams continue to track a July 8 launch of STS-135, an important final milestone was reached this month with the final integrated launch and mission simulations (sims)…

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STS-135: Engineers retest MFV – ET-138 stringer inspections completed


Following its replacement on Atlantis’ SSME-3 (Space Shuttle Main Engine), the new Main Fuel Valve (MFV) underwent testing at Pad 39A – with a slight delay to its completion…

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STS-135: Atlantis completes TCDT – External Tank death camera ready


With her team ably dealing with the usual pad flow hiccups, Atlantis is heading towards her July 8 launch date with no major issues, with the Terminal Countdown…

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STS-135 Special Topics, Mission Timeline Get-wells Reviewed


As the flight crew and engineers close in on the targeted July 8 launch of Space Shuttle orbiter Atlantis and the STS-135/ULF7 mission to the International Space Station,…

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STS-135: Crew arrives for TCDT as MFV work begins on SSME-3


Multiple efforts are under way for Atlantis’ STS-135 launch preparations, as her four member crew arrived at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) for the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test…

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STS-135/ULF-7 – The Final Flight’s Timeline Takes Shape


With just three weeks to go before the final launch of the Space Shuttle, Atlantis remains on course for her big day on July 8. Meanwhile, NASA and…

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STS-135: ET-138 Tanking Test reveals SSME Fuel Valve issue


Atlantis’ External Tank (ET-138) was put through a Tanking Test on Wednesday, slightly delayed due to a lightning storm which passed over the the Kennedy Space Center (KSC)….

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Tech Demos: NASA preparing for full ISS utilization in post-Shuttle era


With the US Segment of the International Space Station (ISS) now complete, NASA managers are turning their attention away from the era of construction and maintenance of the station…

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STS-135: Atlantis and ET-138 preparing for Wednesday’s Tanking Test


Interrupting a nominal pad flow, engineers are set to begin S0037 operations – otherwise known as a tanking test – on Monday, ahead of tanking of External Tank…

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STS-135: Tank Camera modification aimed at filming footage of ET-138’s death


Schedules are showing the External Tank camera – which will ride with Atlantis’ ET-138 – is to be modified – allowing it to beam back video of the…

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STS-135: Soaked Atlantis undergoing checks following lightning storm


As the procession of “lasts” continue for the Space Shuttle Program (SSP), Atlantis is undergoing her final pad flow ahead of the STS-135 mission in July. No Interim…

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STS-135: Atlantis rollout – Tanking Test and debris investigation on tap


Atlantis kicked off what was a historic evening for the Space Shuttle Program (SSP), as she rolled out of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) – with first motion…

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STS-135: Atlantis preparing for rollout amid pride and disappointment


Managers are reviewing one item of interest – relating to an ascent observation during Endeavour’s ride uphill – ahead of Atlantis’ rollout to Pad 39A next week. As…

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STS-135: Atlantis heads to VAB for mating with ET-138


Atlantis has rolled over to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) for mating operations ahead of her July mission to the International Space Station (ISS) – the final scheduled…

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STS-135: KSC realign schedule targets for a preliminary July 12 launch


Kennedy Space Center (KSC) engineering teams have realigned processing targets for STS-135 to point towards a July 12 launch date. The preliminary target is dependant on numerous –…