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Extra STS mission scheduled

Posted 05-01-2009 at 10:32 AM by Matte (Per Aspera ad Astra)

Space Agency has approved 2 extra STS mission, STS-29 and 30, that will precede STS-28.

Due to the excess of heating produced by the station, extra radiators are needed, but the space actually available on the trusses is not enough.
So the 2 shuttles will deliver to CSS 2 new trusses that will be interposed between the existent 2 and the P3/4 and S3/4 segments.

The 2 long duration missions will be very challenging: in fact it will be needed to remove and temporarly...
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CTV-01 test vehicle

Posted 04-10-2009 at 10:55 AM by Matte (Per Aspera ad Astra)
Updated 04-17-2009 at 01:56 PM by Matte

<<CTV-01 , 01 November 2010>>

The first vehicle of the CTV serie blasted off aboard an Ariane 5 from Kourou this morning (local time).

CTV-01 is unmanned.
It is the 1st of 2 unmanned flight that will test deeply all the systems.

Mission duration is 2 days, and will end with reentry and recovery of the capsule.

CTV-03 will carry 4 astronauts in orbit.
Manned science flights will be CTV-03, 04 and 05, and will end...
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STS-27 with S5 and MPLM-2

Posted 04-09-2009 at 10:54 AM by Matte (Per Aspera ad Astra)
Updated 04-20-2009 at 10:41 PM by Matte

<<STS-27 , 25 October 2010 , 10:25:00 UT>>
Space Shuttle discovery lifted off on mission STS-27 to deliver starboard adapter S5 that will allow attachment of the final array set in early 2011, and MPLM-2 that will substitute MPLM-1 as a storage module with a capability of fuel storage of 1000 kg, 600 kg more than the previous one.

4 EVAs are scheduled:
-EVA1: attachment of the S5 segment to S4.
-EVA2: temporary docking of MPLM-2 to the port side of Multi-docking...
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Posted 04-06-2009 at 12:16 PM by Matte (Per Aspera ad Astra)
Updated 05-23-2009 at 12:07 PM by Matte

<<Progress-06 , 15 September 2010 , 21:46:28 UT>>
Progress-06 lifted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome this evening for the 6th resupply mission to CSS.
It will deliver supplies in preparation for arrival of Discovery's STS-27 mission in late October, and fuel for CSS and for the upcoming MPLM Raffaello's reserve tanks.

<<Progress-06 , 17 September 2010 , 06:08:50 UT>>
Progress-06 is safely docked to Zvezda aft hatch.
In the next few months...
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Expedition 5 aboard Soyuz-06

Posted 04-03-2009 at 07:26 PM by Matte (Per Aspera ad Astra)
Updated 04-04-2009 at 01:10 PM by Matte

<<Soyuz-06 , 10 August 2010>>
The Soyuz vector is raised in the vertical position 24 hours before liftoff.
Expedition 5 commander Virdis and cosmonaut Gregorij will join Exp.4 aboard CSS and will soon take command of the station.

<<Soyuz-06 , 11 August 2010 , 05:53:53 UT>>
Soyuz-06 with Exped.5 lifted off this morning to reach CSS in about...
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