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STS-133 Shuttle Launch - Discovery's Last  
User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10898 posts, RR: 37
Posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 8363 times:

Any A.netters planning on going to see the lift-off?

  

According to the latest news, what should be Shuttle Discovery's last ever launch will be delayed.

STS-133: Pressurization issues delay launch by at least a day

Two Interim Problem Reports (IPRs) were picked up during S0071 tasks to pressurize Discovery’s OMS (Orbital Maneuvering System) overnight. Engineers have been told the issues will delay Discovery’s launch by at least one day, with a meeting this afternoon to determine the troubleshooting plan and a new launch date.

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2010/...ressurization-issues-delay-launch/


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User currently offlineZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3525 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 8280 times:
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Launch is going to Wednesday now..... 352PM EDT

Wish I could go but working next week and in Atlanta next weekend....

[Edited 2010-10-30 09:43:52]


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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10898 posts, RR: 37
Reply 2, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 8055 times:

It very well seems that the launch will be delayed further as they found some electrical poroblem.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – An electrical problem cropped up aboard Discovery again Tuesday after engineers thought they had it licked, and threatened to delay the shuttle's final liftoff just one day away.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101102/ap_on_sc/us_space_shuttle_18

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NASA engineers are studying an apparent engine controller glitch in a backup system on the space shuttle Discovery, in the hopes of solving the issue in time for the shuttle's scheduled launch tomorrow.

http://www.space.com/missionlaunches...gine-controller-glitch-101102.html

   



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User currently offlineUH60FtRucker From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 8054 times:

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 2):
   

No you're right. Screw the safety issues, they should launch regardless.


User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10898 posts, RR: 37
Reply 4, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 7922 times:

Looks like the count down clock is running and it's a go for tomorrow afternoon KSC time.

What is this Robonaut all about? What will it be used for? Will it be operated from the Shuttle or from the ground?



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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10898 posts, RR: 37
Reply 5, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 7827 times:

Oh no... Discovery launch... scrubbed....  

November 4th, 2010 by Chris Gebhardt, Chris Bergin

The Mission Management Team (MMT) have concluded their evalations on Thursday morning by deciding to scrub for 24 hours, due to unacceptable weather conditions. The decision came just prior to coming out of the hold for the loading of Discovery’s External Tank (ET-137).

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2010/11/sts-133-live-attempt-one/

      



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User currently offlineJBirdAV8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4490 posts, RR: 21
Reply 6, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 7727 times:

Whoohoo! About to head to KSC. We're going to lauch today....barring winds. The upper level wind forecast isn't the best, won't know much more about it I don't think until they launch and track the Jimsphere balloons, look at the wind profile, crunch all that in DOLILU, etc. That's frustrating to me as I won't be in a position to monitor (or make sense of) that in real time.

Godspeed, Discovery! Any others heading out for the launch?



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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10898 posts, RR: 37
Reply 7, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 7720 times:

I have a question... could it be possible that they extend the Suttle flights now that the House of Representatives have changed majority and the Senate got an increased number of Republicans? I suppose they would be more in favour of Space fliights than the Democrats?

I would really like to see the program being extended...

The latest news:

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – After nearly a week of delays, NASA is once again readying the space shuttle Discovery for the last flight of her storied 26-year spaceflying career.

Discovery, NASA's oldest space shuttle still flying, is poised to launch today (Nov. 5) at 3:04 p.m. EDT (1904 GMT) from the seaside Launch Pad 39A here at NASA's Kennedy Space Center.

http://www.space.com/missionlaunches...y-final-launch-preview-101105.html

I hope they can lift off today!

  

Those at the launch, enjoy the sight!!

  



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User currently offlineTheSonntag From Germany, joined Jun 2005, 3595 posts, RR: 29
Reply 8, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 7685 times:

No real chance, because the plans to scrub Shuttle are already too much underway. STN-135 will fly, though, I am sure about that.

Btw it was scrubbed again. The next generation better gets more reliable.


User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10898 posts, RR: 37
Reply 9, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 7675 times:

woof yes another scrub...

. Tanking had been nominal until a leak was detected on the Ground Umbilical Carrier Plate (GUCP) – causing managers to carrying out testing prior to detanking – ultimately leading to what is at least a 72 hour scrub turnaround.

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2010/11/sts-133-live-attempt-two/

Next attempt Monday?

Sorry for those A.netters who are there....  



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User currently offlinemoose135 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2323 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 7623 times:

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 9):
Next attempt Monday?

No - they have announced that the next attempt won't be before Monday, November 30. They say it takes 24 hours for residual oxygen to be cleared from the tank, and they wouldn't be able to begin assessing the problem until then. That wouldn't allow them sufficient time to find the problem and fix it prior to a Monday launch, the last day in the current window.



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User currently onlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21634 posts, RR: 55
Reply 11, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 7605 times:

Good news is that with this delay, we're going to be seeing another night launch.

-Mir



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User currently offlineDiamondFlyer From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 1547 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 7527 times:

Quoting moose135 (Reply 10):
No - they have announced that the next attempt won't be before Monday, November 30. They say it takes 24 hours for residual oxygen to be cleared from the tank, and they wouldn't be able to begin assessing the problem until then. That wouldn't allow them sufficient time to find the problem and fix it prior to a Monday launch, the last day in the current window.

Which is a good thing. If they rushed the issue and managed to get launched on Monday 8 November, they would have had to have shortened the mission in some way, due to heat issues dealing with the beta angle cutout.

Quoting Mir (Reply 11):
Good news is that with this delay, we're going to be seeing another night launch.

I'd be happier if it was a night launch (evening), not an 0-Dark-30 launch. Really don't like getting up multiple days in a row at 3 AM to see the launch.

-DiamondFlyer


User currently onlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21634 posts, RR: 55
Reply 13, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 7510 times:

Quoting DiamondFlyer (Reply 12):
I'd be happier if it was a night launch (evening), not an 0-Dark-30 launch. Really don't like getting up multiple days in a row at 3 AM to see the launch.

Nor do I, but I can't see it from NYC unless it's a night launch, so I'll take what I can get.

-Mir

[Edited 2010-11-06 15:28:32]


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User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 10032 posts, RR: 26
Reply 14, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 7379 times:
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Quoting Mir (Reply 13):

Nor do I, but I can't see it from NYC unless it's a night launch, so I'll take what I can get.

You can see night launches from NYC??? I had no idea it was visible from that far away.

I assume it's very low on the horizon. What do you actually see?



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User currently offlinemoose135 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2323 posts, RR: 10
Reply 15, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 7330 times:

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 14):

You can see night launches from NYC??? I had no idea it was visible from that far away.

I assume it's very low on the horizon. What do you actually see?

I've seen one or two - it usually appears as a streak of light moving across the sky, I couldn't see any detail. And yes, it was low to the horizon.



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User currently onlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21634 posts, RR: 55
Reply 16, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 7235 times:

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 14):
I assume it's very low on the horizon. What do you actually see?

You see more than I was expecting, actually. You can see it from about six to six and a half minutes into the launch all the way to MECO, and then the various OMS flashes as the orbiter comes off the tank.

It's low on the horizon, but not incredibly so.

-Mir



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User currently offlineJBirdAV8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4490 posts, RR: 21
Reply 17, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 7207 times:

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 14):
You can see night launches from NYC??? I had no idea it was visible from that far away.

Since all the remaining shuttle launches are launching to the space station which is at a 51.6 degree inclination, the shuttle launches to the northeast. It basically flies off the east coast of the U.S. If it was a "regular" mission launching due east out of the Cape, you wouldn't be able to see it from NYC.



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User currently offlinefxramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7298 posts, RR: 85
Reply 18, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 7098 times:
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101110/ap_on_sc/us_space_shuttle

User currently offlineSinlock From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1647 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 6873 times:

Quoting Mir (Reply 16):
You see more than I was expecting, actually. You can see it from about six to six and a half minutes into the launch all the way to MECO, and then the various OMS flashes as the orbiter comes off the tank.

I recall one night launch a few years ago that there were clear skys up the whole east coast and was able to follow the shuttle till MECO. And I was in Ft Lauderdale!



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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10898 posts, RR: 37
Reply 20, posted (3 years 7 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 5702 times:

Happy Birthday Shuttle Commander Kelly and International Space Station Commander Kelly!

     



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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10898 posts, RR: 37
Reply 21, posted (3 years 7 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 5701 times:

Space Shuttle Weather Officer Kathy Winters predicts an 80 % "go" forecast for Discovery's 4:50 p.m. Thursday launch.

     



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User currently offlineJBirdAV8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4490 posts, RR: 21
Reply 22, posted (3 years 7 months 13 hours ago) and read 5514 times:

Anyone else heading to the Cape for the launch?


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User currently offlineeksath From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1305 posts, RR: 25
Reply 23, posted (3 years 7 months 4 hours ago) and read 5437 times:
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Quoting JBirdAV8r (Reply 22):
Anyone else heading to the Cape for the launch?

Am there.  



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User currently offlineGAIsweetGAI From Norway, joined Jul 2006, 933 posts, RR: 7
Reply 24, posted (3 years 7 months 1 hour ago) and read 5420 times:

Anyone know how the 24-hour delay on the Glory (Taurus XL) launch will affect STS-133? Or will we have 2 launches within 24 hours?


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25 Post contains links and images MadameConcorde : For those of us who cannot be there at the Cape Live TV schedule and information http://www.nasa.gov/tvschedule/pdf/tvsked_reva.pdf I am happy to anno
26 Post contains links and images eksath : Shot this as she was getting to move to the pad. It was quite a technical effort to pull this shot off. Thought you NASA fans would enjoy it the most.
27 Post contains images Klaus : Cool!
28 Post contains images Silver1SWA : Wish I could be there. I'm headed to Florida next week so I'm just missing it. Man, I need to see one of the remaining launches. Hard to do when you a
29 NoUFO : The picture was very well worth the effort, congrats & thanks.
30 Post contains links and images MadameConcorde : Good picture Eksath. More latest pictures of Shuttle Discovery here from NASA. She is one awesome looking ship!! http://www.flickr.com/photos/nasahqph
31 Post contains links and images MadameConcorde : ESA PR 09-2011 - Europe's ATV supply ship docks safely with Space Station Eight days after launch, ESA's latest Automated Transfer Vehicle, Johannes K
32 Post contains links and images MadameConcorde : Watch STS-133 Shuttle Discovery flight preparations and launch live on NASA TV http://playlist.yahoo.com/makeplaylist.dll?id=1368570
33 GrahamHill : Watching live on NASA TV. It seems they have a problem with a computer?
34 Aaron747 : Range safety systems seem to be experiencing a problem. They are currently no-go status.
35 HaveBlue : Looks like its going to me!
36 GrahamHill : Thanks. It looks fixed now as they seem to have the go?
37 HaveBlue : Its going, 5 minutes.
38 Silver1SWA : There is a hold at 5 mins. They have less than two minutes to fix the issue, or else the launch window for today closes. Edit: Now go for launch.[Edit
39 GrahamHill : Indeed! Go Discovery!
40 Post contains images Aaron747 : APUs are good, control checks complete. She looks good to go in a couple of minutes
41 Mir : Well, they certainly took that one right down to the wire. Two seconds longer and it would have been a scrub. Oh, to be a fly on the wall in the firin
42 Post contains images Aaron747 : Pretty frantic radio exchange on the 5-minute hold cut-off. The few shots they showed of the launch control team looked pretty tense as well with ant
43 moose135 : What a ride! I'm still amazed by the shots from the various cameras added to the orbiter and tank to monitor the launch. And I'll admit, I still hold
44 Post contains images MadameConcorde : Launch was uncertain until very last moment and then they cleared. Got some really nice screen capture pictures of various phases during the launch.
45 dalca : I was on the East Causeway and there was a huge cheer as we got the final Go and the launch itself was awesome. Definately something I will remember t
46 BEG2IAH : Godspeed, Discovery!!! This is my favorite orbiter, no clue why. BEG2IAH
47 Post contains images propilot83 : Hail to Discovery! God speed, I didnt get to see the launch live, however I did set my VCR to record it so I can keep it in my records for the rest of
48 A388 : I'm very sad that I have never seen the Space Shuttle in real live, let alone at launch or arrival. I will now never see that. They have done a lot an
49 Post contains links and images MadameConcorde : I once had a viewing of the ISS shining like a diamond in the night on a flight from Buenos Aires. This is even more amazing. STS-133 Discovery Space
50 Post contains links ZANL188 : Nice pic here of the final approach prior to docking... http://www.spaceweather.com/swpod2011/27feb11/Rob_Bullen1_strip.jpg
51 Post contains links and images MadameConcorde : From NASA via Twitter LEGO's new space web site is up & running http://www.legospace.com Look it up. It's really neat!
52 Post contains links NoUFO : Some extraordinary pictures of the mission: http://blogs.sacbee.com/photos/2011/...erys-final.html#mi_rss=The%20Frame
53 TK787 : I was 8 miles away to see it. We were expecting it to be louder but very quiet. This was my second time seeing the space shuttle launch. You have to b
54 mke717spotter : I'm hearing that the first landing attempt will be Wednesday, but does anyone know at what time? I have a chemistry lab that day that I can't skip, an
55 eksath : First attempt is: Landing Time: 11:57 a.m. EST 2nd attempt:1:34 p.m. EST NASA managers will evaluate weather conditions at Kennedy before permitting
56 A388 : This may be a stupid question but when is the last Space Shuttle flight, I believe that will be STN-135? A388
57 A388 : Never mind my earlier question, after doing a search I see that the Discovery flight actually is the last space shuttle flight. A388
58 Post contains images KPDX : Nice landing. Welcome home Discovery!
59 nomadd22 : Even though there's no official extra funding, NASA managers have told their staff that STS-135 will fly in any case. Actually launching the shuttle
60 Post contains links Dazed767 : Sonic booms this morning as Discovery returned. I'll miss that sound! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBiVYpWb2A8
61 A388 : Wow, so there might still be a chance to see the last flight. I read below comment by a Boeing propulsion manager (Ken Smith): "You're sad to see her
62 Dazed767 : Date: April 19 + Mission: STS-134 Launch Vehicle: Space Shuttle Endeavour Launch Site: Kennedy Space Center - Launch Pad 39A Launch Time: 7:48 p.m. E
63 Post contains links and images KPDX : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtfSAM6ruXE Classic.
64 Post contains images MadameConcorde : Very funny I missed out on the landing as i was on a distant trip with no accessible media on hand. Happy to see they made it back safely. The Shuttl
65 A388 : Dazed767, Thank you very much for the informaiton on those last two missions. I assume these dates can change at the last minutes? I'm more interested
66 Dazed767 : Well like with Discovery, it can change yes (from weather to something mechanical). But for now those are the dates.
67 ATA1011Tristar : Awesome! I'm going to buy the Space Shuttle kit, #3367, as soon as I can get to my credit card. It is so neat to see LEGO helping to get kids excited
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