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Old 08-12-2010, 10:48 PM   #61
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Check out these fantastic photos of R2 & the PMM - including its interior cargo - in the SSPF at KSC!

[Video] Florida Today: "Meet NASA's Robonaut 2".

Some photos of R2's media event are now up at the KSC Media Gallery.

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Old 08-15-2010, 10:17 AM   #62
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NASAspaceflight.com: STS-133: Several troubleshooting reviews highlight a busy flow for Discovery:
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As Discovery closes in on rollover to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) in just over three week’s time, engineers are working through a number of minor issues on the veteran orbiter, ranging from an O2 system Valve Position Indicator (VPI), a troublesome KU-band system, and a dent in one of her Payload Bay Doors (PLBDs) – which also requires a new Power Drive Unit (PDU).
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Old 08-15-2010, 11:17 PM   #63
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SpaceRef: "Robonaut 2 One of the Highlights of NASA's STS-133 Payload Event".

SPACE.com: "NASA Packs Up Robot Helper for Space Station Trip".

Florida Today: "Robonaut 2 ready for space shuttle mission".

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Originally Posted by Robonaut 2 via Twitter
 Just powered down for the last time. Next time I power up will be on the ISS! Here's a clip.

Nicole Stott's 2nd "Fragile Oasis" Blog Entry: "Virtual Reality".
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Old 08-16-2010, 09:56 PM   #64
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Originally Posted by Robonaut 2 via Twitter
 They put me into my SLEEPR (Structural Launch Enclosure to Effectively Protect Robonaut) baseplate. I feel more comfortable already.




R2 going into SLEEPR. SLEEPR will then be strapped to the front of an RSP (Resupply Stowage Platform) in the PMM.

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Old 08-16-2010, 11:15 PM   #65
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Here's another video on the robot and the payload:
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Old 08-17-2010, 03:48 PM   #66
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Here's some photos of R2 SLEEPR integration at R2's Flickr account.
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Old 08-23-2010, 07:26 AM   #67
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NASASpaceFlight: STS-133: Discovery clearing her IPRs ahead of Orbiter Rollover/Mate Review:
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Only one waiver will be carried forward into Discovery’s upcoming Orbiter Rollover/Mate Review (ORMR) - relating to the Ku-band system – as the veteran orbiter edges closer to departure from her Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF-3). Discovery remains on track for a September 8 rollover to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) for mating with her External Tank (ET-137).
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Old 08-23-2010, 05:01 PM   #68
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Just to catch up on updates, R2 is now safely secured inside SLEEPR, and SLEEPR has been loaded into the PMM! SLEEPR will not be opened up until January 2011!

Here's some photos & videos of R2 integration into SLEEPR & SLEEPR being loaded into the PMM.



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Also, Discovery's Payload Bay Doors (PLBDs) have been closed ahead of Orbiter rollover to the VAB next month.

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More images of SLEEPR activities and PLDB closure can be found at the KSC Media Gallery.

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Old 08-25-2010, 04:05 PM   #69
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An update to that article:
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UPDATE: Managers have decided to reopen Discovery's PLBDs to allow for the installation of a container holding 30,000 STS-133 mission patches. The container is being housed on the Orbiter Docking System (ODS) support structure. Engineers claim the late call won't delay the rollover date at this time.


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Spaceflight Now: "STS-133 Launch Windows".

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Florida Today's "The Flame Trench" Blog: "Discovery two weeks from move to assembly building".
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NASASpaceFlight: Robonaut 2 Ready to Boldly Go Where No Humanoid Robot Has Gone Before:
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Preparations are in full swing at the Kennedy Space Center for the final set of processing milestones leading up to STS-133. In particular, payload preparations are nearing their terminal phase as final cargo loads to the newly christened PMM Leonardo take place in the Space Station Processing Facility – including the final power-down, stowage, and installation of Robonaut 2 and its protective launch container into Leonardo.
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NASASpaceFlight: Picking up the pace for STS-133 – Discovery closes in on September 8 rollover:
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Despite a late call to install a Tool Stowage Assembly (TSA) – requiring the re-opening of Discovery’s Payload Bay Doors (PLBDs) – rollover remains on track for September 8. With several STS-133 milestones scheduled for September, Space Shuttle Manager (SSP) John Shannon rallied the troops into mirroring the hugely successful pace of 2009 and earlier this year.
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Old 09-04-2010, 02:17 PM   #73
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Florida Today's "The Flame Trench" Blog: "Discovery prepped for ride to VAB next week".

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Florida Today's "The Flame Trench" Blog: "Discovery crew visiting KSC to inspect mission payload".

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The aft end-cone is installed on the PMM for the final time, and new MLI is installed over the end-cone.

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View of the PMM & ELC-4 during today's CEIT with the flight crew.

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Space Travel: "Module To Get A Home In Space".

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Spaceflight Now: "Spacewalk to tidy up station deferred to shuttle crew".

(Also posted in "ISS UPDATES" thread.)

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NASASpaceFlight: "STS-133: Discovery ready to rollover next week – EVA running order swapped".

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Two nice NASA TV videos:

Robonaut 2 Getting Ready for Flight.


Module to get a Home in Space.


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More CEIT images.


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Here's an updated STS-133 flight plan from Spaceflight Now.

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Old 09-04-2010, 07:59 PM   #74
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The timeline before the launch:
  • Sept. 8: Depart hangar at 6:30 a.m. EDT (10:30 UTC) for move to VAB
  • Sept. 20: Rollout to pad 39A at 8 p.m. EDT (00:00 UTC on 21st)
  • Oct. 7: Payload to the pad
  • Oct. 15: Launch day dress rehearsal test
  • Oct. 28: Astronauts arrive at KSC for launch
  • Oct. 29: Countdown clocks begin ticking


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And the countdown timeline from Spaceflight Now.
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Old 09-06-2010, 02:55 PM   #75
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NASASpaceFlight: SSP Begins Review of End State Requirements for Orbiter Discovery:
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With orbiter Discovery’s final move from her Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF) to the VAB for mating with an External Tank/Solid Rocket Booster stack scheduled for early Wednesday morning, preparations for the veteran orbiter and fleet leader’s post-last flight flow inside OPF-3 at the Kennedy Space Center have begun with an official review of the End State Requirements for OV-103.
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