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Tex

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Not to worry, we'll have plenty of room for the fuel you need. ;)

I'm just getting a moment to sit down and release flight #7, stay tuned all!
 

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Okay. Horse in front of cart. Er, cart in front of horse. I gotcha. ;)
 
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Alright folks, sorry for the rather long delay, I've been pretty busy with certain things. Anyways, without further ado, here's the patch for Flight 11.
 

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15 September 2011

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ESA, NASA officials, and astronauts met at Ascension Island in the Atlantic to observe the movement of ESA's heavy-lift vehicle today. Dubbed 'Aquila' for this mission, the vehicle began its short trek from the Large-Scale Orbiter Maintenance Facility (LOMF) to the Sensitive Materials Facility (SMF), where the cargo bay will be opened up and several station components will be inserted and seated in its bay.

Mission Commander Greg Williams, Pilot Celeste Lynch, and Mission / Payload Specialists Angela Rister, Tessa Stapleton, and Ryan Demelo adjourned to Wideawake International's Astronaut Training Facility for the first of a five-segment training series, known as the semi-formal 'dress rehearsal' for their flight, which is scheduled to depart Ascension Island no earlier than January 12, 2012. They will be responsible for rendezvous with the station already in flight by Flight Day 2, where they will install the Artemis and Habitation modules to the space station.

The space station will also get an extra remote manipulator arm as a result.
 

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Uh . . . yup. I just answered my own question:

How do I apply thrust on a space station when I'm outside of its center of mass, WITHOUT turning into a pinwheel?

The answer, I think, is going to be a very LONG series of RCS burns.

Tex said:
This is tricky, and will take many orbits to complete.
No kidding, sir! :tiphat:
 

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Use the (+) and (-) autopilots on the XR5 and a very small amount of main engine thrust to slowly adjust the inclination as you're approaching and passing over the equator. As long as main engine thrust isn't more than 280,000 I think it is, then the autopilot will hold it.
 

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. . . and as a side note, just to make things more interesting, my fuel tanks re-entered and ended up within a few dozen meters of each other, spread out all over a field northwest of a village called Myrnopillya in the Ukraine.

29.37'E / 46.08'N if you want to google-map it.

. . . Oops. :)
 

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Hey guys,

I -have- completed the flight. I should be able to post the scenario tonight.
 

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Flight #10 is scheduled for 1700UTC, tomorrow afternoon. :)

Edit: Soyuz TMA-9 is around 40 minutes away from rendezvous, but I have to head out the door. Flight will continue tonight (on the n. american East coast...whenever that is everywhere else!) Flying a 'real' mission like this is terribly fun. :)
 
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"Roger this is mission control... have we lost you guys up there in space?"

*poke* How's it coming there Izack?
 

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"Roger this is mission control... have we lost you guys up there in space?"

*poke* How's it coming there Izack?
SN:AFU. Final approach was borked by leaving the external camera on during an IMFD burn (it seems IMFD can't control the spacecraft when not in cockpit view!!) and i haven't had enough Orbiter time in the week since then. It'll happen tomorrow (Saturday) morning, promise this time. :facepalm:

Argh, college life. Either you have all the free time you want but not the right location for orbiter, or you're in the right location but without the required time. :facepalm:

---------- Post added 24-09-11 at 11:35 AM ---------- Previous post was 23-09-11 at 11:02 PM ----------

Soyuz TMA-9 is now berthed on Zarya. Station arm operations to begin shortly.
 
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I used the D3D9 client for everything but the URMS operations without any problems. :thumbup:
 

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Well, the reason it's all been so quiet is that i've taken to doing my missions in real time, plus doing photo editing on the side.

I'll have the screenshots + scenario up in the next 18 hours.
 

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Was going to say this mission is taking a very long time. I think we shouldn't do "real time" flights so others get to participate sooner. ;)
 

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Right, my turn. Wish me luck, I will need it... (I should be able to get it done by the end of this weekend, but I might get it done sooner, might get it done later, we shall have to see.)
 

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Luck is for fools, babies, and little starships named Enterprise.
 
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