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  1. Orbinaut Pete

    Updates SpaceX Falcon 9 F5 CRS SpX-2 through CRS SpX-12 Updates

    As for how the HRSGFs interface with the Trunk itself, I have no idea. I thought maybe they were bolted in place, but since they have to be removed robotically, perhaps there is some kind of electromechanical latch. But I'm just guessing here. You are correct that the two HRSGFs will be...
  2. Orbinaut Pete

    Updates ISS UPDATES

    My latest NASASpaceflight article: ISS program working recovery plans following MBSU-1 installation failure Possible EVA-19 on Tuesday! :)
  3. Orbinaut Pete

    Updates ISS UPDATES

    Oh. My. Word. That is all. :) More hi-res wide-angle photos here.
  4. Orbinaut Pete

    OHM HTV-3

    Thanks Don (love your Dragon addon too)! :)
  5. Orbinaut Pete

    Updates X-37B atop of Atlas 5 on March 4th 2011

    I'm just waiting for the "Shenzhou 9 must have forced it to land with its space laser" type conspiracy theories. :lol:
  6. Orbinaut Pete

    News NASA's Future: The News and Updates Thread

    No - instead the docking system/hatch will be moved off-center, and the window placed above it. You can just about see it in this image (window visible just below the docking system):
  7. Orbinaut Pete

    News NASA's Future: The News and Updates Thread

    The requirement for two weeks habitation is because NASA determined this to be the time that it would take to reach certain destinations, using only Orion to get there. The requirement for Orion to work depressurised isn't necessarily to do with EVAs - Orion is designed to be able to return a...
  8. Orbinaut Pete

    Launch News SpaceX Falcon 9 F3 COTS2+ Updates

    Correct - two NASA Docking System (NDS) - which is a crossover of APAS and LIDS - adapters will be added to PMA-2 and PMA-3. PMA-2 will stay where it is at Node 2 Forward, while PMA-3 will move to Node 3 Nadir (which means the Cupola will move to Node 1 Nadir, which means the PMM will move to...
  9. Orbinaut Pete

    Launch News SpaceX Falcon 9 F3 COTS2+ Updates

    Well, the word "awesome" is thrown around a lot these days. However, in this case...... :thumbup:
  10. Orbinaut Pete

    Launch News Soyuz TMA-04M, Soyuz-FG, May 15, 2012 (launch, docking and landing updates)

    Soyuz does it again! Gennady, you've returned too soon - it's like you never even left space! :lol:
  11. Orbinaut Pete

    Launch News SpaceX Falcon 9 F4 CRS SpX-1 Updates

    I would be surprised if they get C2+ off the ground by then, never mind CRS-1! ;) Even if C2+ does get off the ground in May or June, I would expect CRS-1 to slip into late this year, if not next year, due to the need to work through/redesign/retest various anomalies. Besides, the busy ISS...
  12. Orbinaut Pete

    Launch News SpaceX Falcon 9 F3 COTS2+ Updates

    True, however Shuttle didn't suffer from some of the issues that the CRS vehicles do - for instance, Shuttle didn't have power generation issues in high beta periods, since it didn't have solar arrays. Plus, CRS vehicles will be much more frequent, since they will carry less cargo than Shuttle...
  13. Orbinaut Pete

    Launch News SpaceX Falcon 9 F3 COTS2+ Updates

    My personal opinion is that they will likely slip until after the Soyuz TMA-04M launch on the 15 and docking on the 17th - meaning NET 19th. If SpaceX launch on the 10th (and berth on the 13th), they will only have two days of margin in the schedule before both the Dragon and Soyuz flights will...
  14. Orbinaut Pete

    Launch News North Korea comes again for third attempt to send satellite into space in April

    Note for next time: Use a bigger rubber band. :lol:
  15. Orbinaut Pete

    Updates ISS UPDATES

    From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 05/04/2012. ISS/ATV Reboost: Today at 7:06 PM GMT, a one-burn ISS reboost with ATV-3 “Edoardo Amaldi” OCS (Orbit Correction System) thrusters will be conducted for a duration of 15 min 4 sec and a delta-V of 2.2 m/s (7.22 ft/s), to result in a predicted mean...
  16. Orbinaut Pete

    Updates ISS UPDATES

    They sure do! :)
  17. Orbinaut Pete

    Updates ESA's ATV-3 "Edoardo Amaldi"

    From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 29/03/2012. After reviewing an OBT (Onboard Training) drill covering ATV APO (Attached Phase Operations) procedures to refresh their proficiency, Oleg Kononenko & Andre Kuipers after their lunch break:Conducted the one-hour leak check on the SM PrK (Transfer...
  18. Orbinaut Pete

    Updates ISS UPDATES

    From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 29/03/2012. Conjunction Update: Flight controllers are monitoring a conjunction between the ISS and the TRMM (Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission) satellite (Object 25063), an active spacecraft, controlled and monitored by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center...
  19. Orbinaut Pete

    Updates ISS UPDATES

    Well, you'd think that there would be less debris the higher you go, but since ISS was boosted up to 400km (a 30km boost) in June last year, conjunction notifications were predicted to rise by 50-100% - and so far, that figure seems to be holding true. This is because more debris can be tracked...