Posts Tagged ‘TPS’

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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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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: 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: 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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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….

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Endeavour’s post-flight TPS – Protruding window insert remained in place


Endeavour enjoyed an extremely clean flight, following a post-landing TPS (Thermal Protection System) report, which noted only a few dings and a breached thermal barrier on her Nose…

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STS-130 EOM-1: Endeavour carries out FCS checks; TPS Clearance Overview


As Endeavour sails into what is expected to be her final full day on orbit, the STS-130 crew spent the day testing and reconfiguring Endeavour ahead of the…

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STS-130: Endeavour docks with ISS – Port Wing protrusion evaluated


An upper elevon “sliding seal” on one of Endeavour’s port wing flippers has protruded, although early Damage Assessment Team (DAT) reports claim only a low level of concern….

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Atlantis undocks and conducts Late Inspections – DAT status


Atlantis has undocked from the International Space Station (ISS), as she prepares to target a landing on Friday. Late Inspections took place later on Flight Day 10, although…

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STS-129: Atlantis in clean launch ahead of opening TPS inspections


Only three minor foam liberation events have been noted in initial ascent imagery evaluations, with External Tank ET-133 appearing to perform extremely well during launch. Further checks will…

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STS-129: Special flight deck Minicam set to film ET ramps during ascent


Last week’s Space Shuttle Program (SSP) Flight Readiness Review (FRR) has approved the installation of a special minicam pointing out of window 4 on Atlantis’ flight deck. The…

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STS-128: DAT working through RPM imagery – Discovery gains full FI clearance


The Damage Assessment Team (DAT) are working hundreds of images taken during the orbiter’s RPM (Rbar Pitch Maneuver) on Flight Day 3 – with full clearance from a…

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STS-128: Flight Day 2 Inspections complete on Discovery’s TPS


The STS-128 crew have completed Flight Day 2′s activities, which focused on the opening inspections of Discovery’s Thermal Protection System (TPS), along with the checkouts of the orbiter’s…

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STS-128: Managers head into FRR debate – Void in suspect IFR highlighted


The Space Shuttle Program (SSP) Flight Readiness Review (FRR) heads into a two day meeting on Tuesday, with the focus on the status of ET-132′s Ice Frost Ramps…

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Understanding ET-131′s rogue foam liberations leads to ET-132 confidence


Although no ill effects were suffered by Endeavour, the problems with her External Tank (ET-131) – both prior and during last month’s launch – called for investigations into…

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Endeavour lands back in Florida – Ice noted during FCS checkout


Endeavour has concluded her STS-127 mission by returning to her home base at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. She landed at 10:48am local time on Flight…