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Old 08-22-2011, 12:43 PM   #16
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This is awesome guys! This is like OF TV...
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Old 08-29-2011, 07:24 PM   #17
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Flight #7 complete!

Ariane 5 ready to launch


Launch!



To the sky and beyond



Booster separation


Fairing and tower separation, the CTV is touching the void!


Finally MECO and final separation


A new orbital day begins, CTV ready to synch orbits, antena and solar panels deployed


Closing in




And docked!


Closing the windows to change location (what's wrong with the angles of the windows?)


And the cupola is now in a new place!


Until next time!
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Old 09-02-2011, 11:21 AM   #18
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Lift-off of Discovery on OFSS flight 8!


Booster separation confirmed


MECO and ET separation


Enjoying the view


Closing in on OFSS


Getting closer


As seen from OFSS


Hard-dock!


Getting ready to install the module


HabModule installed


Undocking confirmed


Leaving station



Time to come home. De-orbit burn underway


Over the west coast


Runway in sight!


Almost lined up


Wheels stop. Welcome home Discovery! OFSS flight 8 complete!

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Old 09-04-2011, 08:43 PM   #19
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Gah, the forum database munched my post. Here's for a try-again:

12 January 2012.
Flight Day One: Departure.

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Mere minutes before departure. 'Aquila,' having been woken from her six-month stasis, is sitting at the end of Runway 12-R of Wideawake International Spaceport. All astronauts are aboard, and final checklists are being performed.

In the common grounds on the other side of the island, away from the action, are hundreds of people from around the world -- news agencies, civilians . . . everyone has tuned in to what has been dubbed 'the greatest extra-terrestrial show on Earth.'

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The time has come! The six main engines on Aquila fire, venting furiously to sterilize the immediate surrounds before the hypergolic mixture can issue fully forth. Aquila will fire her engines to 35% of maximum rated thrust for approximately one half of the runway's length, to avoid possibly damaging the Vehicle Assembly Building behind her. At eight thousand kilo-newtons of potential thrust, the vehicle can bring what amounts to hurricane-force winds upon the building.

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Aquila thunders down the runway, picking up speed steadily. The Hilltop Camera observes.

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The Ground-Based Runway Tracking Camera captures the next thirty seconds of life here . . .

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. . . as Aquila finally leaves behind the hard surface of the Earth and roars off into the skies.

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On-board Aquila, we take a moment to look back on Ascension Island, our home base. . .

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. . . as we climb ever higher into the sky.

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MECO-1 has been performed. The six herculean main engines have been switched off, and Aquila is seen here throwing off icy condensation clouds behind her as her SCRAMjet engines are steadily building up to optimum levels.

She will continue in this fashion until suborbital velocity has been achieved. Orbital ops will convene in the next posting.

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Old 09-04-2011, 09:10 PM   #20
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Nope, still can't see the images in your post, Scav. Have you considered uploading them to a third-party service like imgur.com?
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Old 09-04-2011, 09:21 PM   #21
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It happened when there was a database error after I uploaded them here . . . and then went to preview the lot.

Are you saying the attachment hyperlinks aren't doing anything?
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Old 09-04-2011, 10:43 PM   #22
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They work when you click on them.
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Old 09-04-2011, 10:48 PM   #23
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I get an invalid attachment message when I click on them.
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Old 09-04-2011, 10:54 PM   #24
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Oh, fine! I'll do some monkeying with them. Won't be that hard to fix.



There. Is that better?

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Old 09-05-2011, 03:06 AM   #25
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Friday, 13 January 2012.

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The astronauts aboard Aquila were woken by special transmission today. The song "Lights" by Styx was played for Mission Commander Greg Williams at the request of his family.

Equatorial inclination of the station was adjusted to 51.6 degrees as per instructions, and the operation involved a series of adjustment burns that took all morning. After proper alignment was verified, construction work on the station began.

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The Artemis module was lifted out of Aquila's cargo bay, and in turn by remote control grappled the Habitation Module.

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Hard-docking the components to the station took the rest of the day. Flight Days 3 and 4 will feature EVA's by Specialists Tessa Stapleton and Ryan Demelo to connect the plumbing and electrical feeds to each newly-attached component.

Here is the view of the station from Aquila's cargo bay window as it sits now.

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Old 09-05-2011, 04:28 AM   #26
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She's coming together nicely!
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Old 09-05-2011, 07:09 AM   #27
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Wait a second...

Quote:
Originally Posted by Scav View Post
 Friday, 13


Getting back on topic, I like the way you put the "commentary" in.
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Old 09-05-2011, 02:11 PM   #28
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Quote:
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 Wait a second...




Getting back on topic, I like the way you put the "commentary" in.



This is where I have my fun. Besides, a request was made by one of the astronauts, to forestall any activity that Friday for the duration of the day. The request was denied on the grounds that
friggatriskaidekaphobia friggatriskaidekaphobia
is not a valid excuse.

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Old 09-08-2011, 08:55 PM   #29
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Saturday, 14 January 2012

The astronauts aboard Aquila and the Space Station awoke to the tunes of "Fly By Night", by Rush. Work began immediately to assess the condition of the component docking performed yesterday, and within the next few hours astronauts Tessa Stapleton and Ryan Demelo had suited up.

Noted is the first usage of the Space Elevator actually in space; a special access device used primarily on Earth for flight crews to gain access to the vehicle, this device was used to allow access for Demelo and Stapleton to space for their duties.

Work began quickly on attaching the umbilical plumbing responsible for linking the vital connections between the new components and the station at large.

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Here, Tessa Stapleton is hard at work managing the connections between the Main Habitat Module and Habitat Module 5.

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Astronaut Demelo, captured on camera in the elevator,

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. . . and again from the Cupola. This is expected to be the last picture taken from the Cupola at its current location. The Cupola will be moved to its new location, scheduled for Flight Day Six.

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Old 09-09-2011, 01:51 AM   #30
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Monday, 23 January 2012.

Aquila began its voyage back home this afternoon. The official farewell ceremony was conducted this morning, and the station doors were shut by 15:05 UTC. Aquila's door closing sequence started at 15:08:30 UTC, and concluded at 15:09:01 UTC.

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Aquila will re-enter Earth's atmosphere against her orbit's descending node -- that is, moving from northwest to southeast. She is expected to arrive late this evening.

"It's a funny thing, Control, looking back on her," said Mission Commander Greg Williams. "She's been our home for the last ten days. I can't wait to see her again."

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