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Old 07-27-2010, 08:50 PM   #31
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NASASpaceFlight: "NASA Updates STS-335 Planning and Fleet OMDP Lifetime Requirements".
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Old 08-10-2010, 05:37 PM   #32
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NASASpaceflight.com: Payload planning pre-empts an imminent NASA decision on STS-135:
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A decision to change Atlantis’ upcoming mission call sign from STS-335 to STS-135 – at least at the full planning level – is expected “shortly”, as Shuttle mission-related departments pre-empt the official go-ahead by building up their plans to finalize the payloads that would fly on the notional June, 2011 mission.
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Old 08-20-2010, 07:58 PM   #33
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NASASpaceFlight: NASA managers approve STS-135 mission planning for June 28, 2011 launch:
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Atlantis has gained one final mission, flying STS-135 to the International Space Station (ISS), with a launch date targeting June 28, 2011. Pending required funding allocation, Atlantis will carry a packed Multi-purpose Logistics Module (MPLM) and a Lightweight Multi-Purpose Carrier (LMC), on a 11+1+2 with a four person crew.
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Old 08-20-2010, 09:42 PM   #34
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Looks like STS-135's a real mission now.

Crew to be selected September 14th.

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Old 08-20-2010, 11:30 PM   #35
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http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/ STS-135!
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Old 08-20-2010, 11:42 PM   #36
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Spaceflight Now: NASA considering June 2011 for possible shuttle flight.
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Old 08-21-2010, 12:25 AM   #37
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I don't get the 'if' part, I understand the funding part but look at it this way. If they delay LON-335 to Jun. 2011, and STS-134 launches in Feb. 2011 you will have 5 months with 12 people on the space station. If they delay LON its obvious they're adding STS-135 to me.
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Old 08-21-2010, 02:56 AM   #38
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I imagine they're going to get Atlantis ready for LON and put it on the pad and everything, then take it back to the VAB to get ready for 135
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Old 08-21-2010, 10:45 AM   #39
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 I imagine they're going to get Atlantis ready for LON and put it on the pad and everything, then take it back to the VAB to get ready for 135
There's no need to roll the vehicle back to the VAB, payload installation into the orbiter will occur at the pad.

Atlantis will be fully processed for either STS-335 or STS-135 as both will see the payloads installed into the orbiter at the pad.
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Old 08-29-2010, 07:02 PM   #40
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Old 09-02-2010, 08:43 AM   #42
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NASASpaceFlight: SSP remaining cautious over political decision on funding STS-135:
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A major milestone is upcoming for Atlantis’ final role with the Space Shuttle Program (SSP), with the crew selection of four – from a pool of 11 – astronauts, set to take place in less than two week’s time. However, SSP manager John Shannon outlined caution on STS-135 biggest milestone – becoming funded, as the prospect of a Continuing Resolution (CR) adds a level of uncertainty.
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Old 09-03-2010, 09:23 PM   #43
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Spaceflight Now: "Decision on extra shuttle flight remains in limbo".
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Old 09-13-2010, 09:27 PM   #44
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STS-335/135's crew should be announced tomorrow whether it is internally or not.
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Old 09-14-2010, 10:52 PM   #45
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Houston, we have a flight crew!

CDR: Chris "Fergie" Ferguson.
PLT: Doug Hurley.
MS1: Sandy Magnus.
MS2: Rex Walheim.

I'm so pleased that I successfully predicted Fergie & Hurley!


NASA Assigns Crew for Final Launch on Need Shuttle Mission.

NASA announced the four astronauts who will make up the crew of STS-335, the rescue mission that would fly only if needed to bring home the members of space shuttle Endeavour's STS-134 mission, currently the final scheduled shuttle flight.

Chris Ferguson, a retired U.S. Navy captain and veteran of two previous shuttle missions, would command the flight. Astronaut and U.S. Marine Col. Doug Hurley would serve as pilot, and astronauts Sandy Magnus and retired U.S. Air Force Col. Rex Walheim would be the mission specialists.

Based on recommendations made after the loss of space shuttle Columbia in February 2003, NASA has trained a launch on need crew to be ready to fly in the event of irreparable damage to a shuttle while in orbit. Typically, the next crew to fly serves as the rescue crew for the current mission. The STS-335 crew will prepare for a potential rescue mission and preserve flexibility if another shuttle flight is added to the launch manifest.

“These astronauts will begin training immediately as a rescue crew as well as in the baseline requirements that would be needed to fly an additional shuttle flight," said Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for NASA's Space Operations Mission Directorate in Washington. "The normal training template for a shuttle crew is about one year prior to launch, so we need to begin training now in order to maintain the flexibility of flying a rescue mission if needed, or alter course and fly an additional shuttle mission if that decision is made."

If required, the STS-335 rescue mission would launch on shuttle Atlantis in June 2011 to bring home the STS-134 crew from the International Space Station. STS-134 currently is scheduled to lift off on Feb. 26, 2011, from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. If converted to an additional shuttle flight, STS-335 would be redesignated STS-135 and targeted to launch in June 2011.

Ferguson, who was born in Philadelphia, flew on two prior shuttle missions, STS-115 in 2006 and STS-126 in 2008. Hurley, who was born in Endicott, N.Y., but considers Apalachin, N.Y., his hometown, served as the pilot on STS-127 in 2009. Magnus, of Belleville, Ill., flew on STS-112 in 2002 and launched to the space station in 2008 on STS-126, where she served four and a half months as a flight engineer and science officer on Expedition 18 before returning to Earth on STS-119 in 2009. Walheim was born in Redwood City, Calif., and considers San Carlos, Calif., his hometown. He flew on STS-110 in 2002 and STS-122 in 2008.

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