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International Space Agency successfully completes first mission

Posted 10-21-2009 at 05:32 PM by garyw
Updated 06-03-2011 at 10:54 AM by garyw
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(Note: Events in my Orbiter worldline are about a year behind the current date)

Yesterday the ISA (International Space Agency) completed the first commerical ISS visit and crew rotation using a wholly commerical built vessel for the trip.

Departing Ascension (wideawake) on July 1st, the day the contract for the ISA to provide NASA with some crew transport capabilites, an XR-2 class vessel named "Raven" launched to the ISS. Docking occured on flight day 3 after a flawless approach to the outpost.

FD4 and FD6 held an EVA each day to attach certain upgrades to the ISS truss. FD8 was largely a day off for the crew with a few interviews from Earth.

FD9 tested the XR-2's ability to reboost the outpost and undocking occured later on FD9 after the ISS crew changeover.

FD10 saw the XR-2 systems checked out for landing and landing itself occured on FD11 with touchdown on the right runway at Ascension island.

On the surface it appears to be a flawless mission but the ISA admitted that there were several issues that dogged the mission, from minor cases such as an unexpectly high fuel burn during the ascent to a much more serious problem with the left elevon during entry.
a spokesperson for the ISA said "Yes, we did have a few issues but that's exactly what this flight was for, to find out and fix those issues. We aren't going to fly again until we have ironed out the problems. The flight was safe".

Others have cast doubt on that claim pointing to the missing elevon and the fact that mission controllers didn't even know about it until after landing.

With a four month repair and turnaround for the XR-2 on the cards it's going to be a little while before the XR-2 sees space again, however, the agency has promised that one of the two XR-5 frames delivered at the start of the year will be brought into service in November. Details of that mission to follow.

Mission gallery is here -> http://galleryv2.gdwnet.com/main.php/v/orbiter/XR2-01/

Mission details are here -> http://orbiter.gdwnet.com/index.php?...d=64&Itemid=66
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    Congrats on a first successful mission!
    Posted 10-24-2009 at 03:32 AM by Tex Tex is offline

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