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Old 09-20-2010, 08:47 PM   #106
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ET-122 looks different from all the other tanks!
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Old 09-20-2010, 08:55 PM   #107
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 ET-122 looks different from all the other tanks!
Yup, because it's older & has been repaired.
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Old 09-22-2010, 09:19 PM   #108
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Spaceflight Now: Reborn after Katrina, shuttle fuel tank leaves factory:
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An external fuel tank damaged by Hurricane Katrina left a New Orleans factory Tuesday on a 900-mile barge trip to the Kennedy Space Center, where it will be bolted to the shuttle Endeavour for the program's final scheduled launch.
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NASASpaceFlight: MAF speak of their pride in returning ET-122 to the Shuttle manifest:
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NASA and Lockheed Martin managers at the Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) have spoken pride in the manufacturing, assembly, and repair work on External Tank 122 (ET-122), which was damaged by Hurricane Katrina five years ago. On Monday morning, the tank was rolled from Building 420 to the Pegasus barge that will carry it to Kennedy Space Center over the next week.

The tank is tentatively assigned to fly on STS-134 in February, but a final decision on which tank will fly that mission ET-138 or ET-122 will be made between now and November.

As noted in the Program Requirements Control Board (PRCB) presentation on the tank allocation debate, there are some slight differences between ET-138 and ET-122 visible by a large number of repair patches on the latter, but also by way of safety modifications.
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Old 09-24-2010, 02:50 AM   #109
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so with the shuttle era comming to an end in feb. 2011 i think it would be a good idea to have as many orbinauts as we can watching the launch on nasa tv by internet or on actual tv, and be in the orbiter irc discussing it and the shuttle era in general
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Old 09-26-2010, 07:37 PM   #110
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NASA Invites Media To Two Historic Events At Kennedy Space Center.

Reporters are invited to two historic Space Shuttle Program events at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Tuesday, Sept. 28. The final solid rocket booster (SRB) assembly will depart the Assembly and Refurbishment Facility, and the external fuel tank for the last planned shuttle flight will be removed from the barge that carried the tank from Louisiana.

NASA will provide video and still images of both events. The SRB event, scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. EDT, consists of a ceremony, photo opportunity, and media interview opportunities with a booster project expert. At approximately 10:30 a.m., there will be a photo opportunity of the tank being towed off the Pegasus barge and into Kennedy's Vehicle Assembly Building, and interviews with External Tank/Solid Rocket Booster Vehicle Manager Alicia Mendoza. Reporters must arrive at Kennedy's news center by 8 a.m. for transportation to cover the SRB event. Journalists will be located in the turn basin parking lot for the tank opportunity.

The final train carrying shuttle solid rocket booster segments arrived at Kennedy on May 27. The segment cars travelled across the country after departing the ATK solid rocket booster plant in Promontory, Utah. ATK Launch Systems manufactures and tests the solid rocket motors. The assembly would be used in the solid rocket boosters designated for shuttle Atlantis' STS-335 rescue mission, in the unlikely event it was needed.

The tank, designated ET-122, will support shuttle Endeavour's STS-134 mission targeted for launch in February. It departed NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in Louisiana on Sept. 21, to begin the six-day, 900-mile sea journey. The barge will arrive at Kennedy on Sept. 27. The tank will be offloaded on Sept. 28.

International media accreditation is closed for these events. U.S. reporters without permanent Kennedy credentials must apply for accreditation by noon, Sept. 27.

Reporters requesting accreditation must apply online at:
https://media.ksc.nasa.gov

Badges for the events may be picked up Sept. 28 starting at 6 a.m. at the Kennedy Space Center Badging Office on State Road 405.
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Old 09-28-2010, 12:56 AM   #111
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NASASpaceFlight: "ET-122 arrival marks upcoming Michoud workforce cull, hope for HLV role".

Florida Today's "The Flame Trench" Blog: "Last external tank docked at KSC".

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STS-134 EVA-4 has been approved! The following is a "conversation" that took place between me & Mark Kelly via Twitter earlier today.

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Control room at the NBL as Drew and Spanky train for our new EVA 3.
http://yfrog.com/5y1d0fj

Me:
"New" EVA-3? What's new about it? Have you picked up any extra tasks?

Mark:
Yah buddy. One more EVA and 2 more days in space for STS134.

So I guess the mission is now 14+1+2 in duration.

(BTW, Woo-Hoo - Mark Kelly called me "buddy"! )

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Old 09-28-2010, 05:42 PM   #112
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Spaceflight Now: Sign of the times: Final shuttle tank arrives:
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The Kennedy Space Center took receipt of the last space shuttle external fuel tank today, as the massive propellant reservoir for Endeavour's February launch was offloaded from a sea-going barge.

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ET-122 will be hoisted into the checkout cell within the assembly building's High Bay 4 on Wednesday to undergo final pre-flight processing.

Stacking of the twin solid rocket boosters for the mission has been completed aboard the mobile launching platform in High Bay 1. The boosters will be rolled around to High Bay 3 on October 26 in advance of attaching the tank on November 18.

Endeavour is undergoing pre-flight activities at its hangar adjacent. Current plans call for the orbiter's delivery to the Vehicle Assembly Building on January 5 for attachment to the tank and boosters. The fully stacked shuttle vehicle then rolls to pad 39A on January 18.

Liftoff time on February 26 is targeted for 4:04 p.m. EST.

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Old 09-30-2010, 07:09 PM   #114
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 We have been testing the interface to ISS all week. All Good. Tomorrow we move from our current stand to the ELC Rotation Stand.

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AMS-02 moved to ELC rotation stand where it will stay for about a month. Need to verify all the connections between the Shuttle and the ISS.



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Old 10-02-2010, 12:23 AM   #115
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New launch date/time is Sunday 27th February at 3:38 PM EDT/8:38 PM GMT.


International Partners Update Space Station Launch Manifest.

NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) agreed on Friday to update the International Space Station launch schedule.

The target launch dates for the last planned space shuttle flight, STS-134 on Endeavour, will be Feb. 27, 2011, and the Automated Transfer Vehicle-2 (ATV-2) will be Feb. 15. Roscosmos will continue to look at Soyuz launch and landing options to provide manifest robustness.

The agencies agreed to the changes during discussions at the International Astronautical Conference in Prague. Arianespace, whose Ariane 5 rocket will launch ATV-2 into orbit from French Guiana, has confirmed its commitment to launch on Feb. 15.

The STS-134 flight will deliver the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) to the station. The AMS is a state-of-the-art cosmic ray particle physics detector designed to examine fundamental issues about matter, and the origin and structure of the universe. The flight will include three spacewalks and the installation of the AMS to the exterior of the space station using both the shuttle and station arms.

ATV-2, dubbed Johannes Kepler, is scheduled to dock on Feb. 26 to the station. The cargo craft is designed to deliver more than seven tons of experiments, fuel, water, food and other supplies to the space station. While docked, ATV-2 will use its thrusters to periodically boost the station's orbit, which decays with time. It also can be used for emergency maneuvers, such as those required if a piece of space debris is predicted to hit the station. This capability saves critical attitude control propellant for the station.

After about 3.5 months, the ATV-2 will undock from the station and burn up harmlessly in the atmosphere over an uninhabited area of the Pacific Ocean. The first ATV, Jules Verne, was launched in March 2008 and reentered the atmosphere in September 2008.

The space station launch manifest is available at:
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/st..._manifest.html

For details about upcoming shuttle missions and crews, visit:
www.nasa.gov/shuttle

For more information about ATV-2, visit ESA at:
www.esa.int/SPECIALS/ATV

For more information about the Ariane 5 launch vehicle, visit:
http://www.arianespace.com/launch-se...s-overview.asp

For more information about the space station, visit:
www.nasa.gov/station

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Spaceflight Now: "One-day delay of final shuttle launch makes room for ATV".
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Old 10-02-2010, 02:47 AM   #116
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Here's updated STS-134 Flight Plan from Spaceflight Now.
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Old 10-02-2010, 02:21 PM   #117
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NASA TV Video: External Fuel Tank for Last Shuttle Mission Moves to VAB.

NASA TV Video: External Tank Gets Lift for "Checkout".
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Old 10-02-2010, 03:29 PM   #118
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Couple of facts for this mission
1) Final Space Shuttle flight
2) Final flight of Endeavour
3) OBSS left on ISS
4) Last EVA's preformed by a Space Shuttle
5) Last science related Shuttle mission payload (AMS-02)
They Approved STS-135 for Atlantis, so your 1st and 4th points are wrong.
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Old 10-02-2010, 03:36 PM   #119
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 They Approved STS-135 for Atlantis, so your 1st and 4th points are wrong.
STS-135 isn't officially approved yet (although it's likely it will be) – the new bill still has to be signed off by the President.

Technically speaking, 4 is still correct, as 135's EVA would be performed by the ISS crew, not the Shuttle crew. However, you are correct in that 135 would be the final EVA performed with a Shuttle present at the ISS.
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Old 10-03-2010, 08:58 PM   #120
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Photo of AMS-02 rotated 90 on the ELC rotation stand - from the official AMS-02 Twitter account.


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