JetBlueGuy2006 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1613 posts, RR: 2 Posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 6212 times:
STS-120 and Discovery landed safely this afternoon, so here are some of the vitals on STS-122
Stephen Frick - Commander Alan G. Poindexter - Pilot Stanley G. Love - Mission specialist Rex J. Walheim - Mission specialist Leland D. Melvin - Mission specialist Hans Schlegel - Mission specialist
to deliver the European built Columbus module to the station, and to return Expedition 16 Flight Engineer Daniel Tani to Earth. After Atlantis lands, the orbiter will be prepared for STS-125, the final servicing mission for the Hubble Space Telescope. STS-122 will mark the final scheduled visit by Atlantis to the International Space Station. The completion of the mission will leave ten flights remaining in the Space Shuttle program until its end in 2010, excluding two as-yet-unconfirmed Contingency Logistic Flights.
Thorny From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 6159 times:
Launch time on Thursday, December 6 will be at about 4:30 pm EST. Liftoff might be delayed a few days, depending on whether or not the Space Station crew can make up time lost due to the solar wing repair during STS-120. The December launch window closes on December 13. The next window opens January 4.
Atlantis is scheduled to roll out to Launch Pad 39A on Saturday morning.
STS-122 is Space Station Assembly Mission 1E, the first European primary payload.
STS-122 will be the 121st flight of the Shuttle. (STS-119 is scheduled for Fall 2008) and the 29th flight of the Atlantis.
STS-122 will also launch with ESA astronaut Leopold Eyharts, who will replace Daniel Tani aboard the International Space Station. Tani gets a very short stay on ISS due to the Shuttle launch delays stemming from the hail damage last February.
Frick previously piloted STS-110, which also was Walheim's first flight. Eyharts of France flew to Mir on Soyuz TM-27 in 1998. Schlegel of Germany flew on STS-55 (Spacelab D2) way back in 1993. Poindexter, Love and Melvin are rookies.
Columbus will be the eighth pressurized module added to the Space Station, after Zarya, Node 1 "Unity", Zvezda, U.S. Lab "Destiny", Airlock "Quest", Airlock "Pirs", and Node 2 "Harmony".
Columbus is the same size and built by the same company as the Multipurpose Logistics Modules (Leonardo, Rafaello, and Donatello) used to carry supplies and equipment to and from the Station aboard the Shuttle. But unlike the MPLMs, Columbus is equipped for permanent operation at the Station, with micrometeroid shielding and long-duration control systems. Columbus also has four external mounting points for experiments. Two of these, the Solar Monitoring Observatory and European Technology Exposure Facility, are flying on STS-122.
Columbus can accomodate ten active International Standard Payload Racks, refrigerator-size units for laboratory experiments, storage, and control systems which are plugged into standard interfaces in the hull of the western Space Station modules. In return for launching Columbus on the Shuttle and providing utilities on the Station, five of Columbus's ISPRs are allocated to NASA. Columbus will launch with five ISPRs, four laboratory racks for the European Space Agency and 1 storage rack. The four laboratory ISPRs are the Biolab, Fluid Science Laboratory, European Drawer Rack, and European Physiology Module. The other ISPRs will be delivered on flights next year.
Atlantis is not equipped with the Station-to-Shuttle Power Transfer System, so this will be a relatively short mission to ISS compared to STS-118 and STS-120.
Da man From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 887 posts, RR: 13 Reply 2, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 6111 times:
Quoting Thorny (Reply 1): But unlike the MPLMs, Columbus is equipped for permanent operation at the Station, with micrometeroid shielding and long-duration control systems.
What are the rumblings about possibly leaving an MPLM at the station permanently? I would think that Donatello, the more capable one that will only fly once would be the choice. I have heard and read this in several places but have not seen any official confirmation that this is being considered.
Thorny From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 6102 times:
Quoting Da man (Reply 2): What are the rumblings about possibly leaving an MPLM at the station permanently? I would think that Donatello, the more capable one that will only fly once would be the choice. I have heard and read this in several places but have not seen any official confirmation that this is being considered.
It has been widely reported that the last two logisics missions, STS-131 and STS-133 have been given a go-ahead as has Atlantis's non-retirement after STS-125. We're still waiting for official word from NASA. It might be a matter of waiting on the current do-nothing U.S. Congress to finally approve the Fiscal Year 2008 budget first.
The "permanent" MPLM concept is probably also waiting on this to happen. Donatello is indeed the front-runner. This will happen on STS-130 if it is approved by NASA and the ISS partners.
Da man From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 887 posts, RR: 13 Reply 4, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 6094 times:
Quoting Thorny (Reply 3): The "permanent" MPLM concept is probably also waiting on this to happen. Donatello is indeed the front-runner. This will happen on STS-130 if it is approved by NASA and the ISS partners.
Hmm, I wonder which berthing port would be Donatello's permanent place on the ISS?
Thorny From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 7, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 6004 times:
Atlantis rolled-out of the Vehicle Assembly Building at 4:43am Saturday and is now at Launch Pad 39A. Liftoff remains on schedule for December 6, but if the Space Station is not ready, they will hold the start of the countdown a day or two until it is. The December launch windows runs through December 13 due to solar lighting (beta angle) conditions on the Station and Shuttle in their docked configuration.
Thorny From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 5919 times:
At Launch Pad 39A, Columbus was installed in Atlantis's payload bay on Monday.
Also on Monday, the International Space Station crew of Whitson, Malenchenko, and Tani relocated PMA-2 from the forward port on the Destiny Laboratory Module to the forward port of Node 2 Harmony on Monday. Relocation of Node 2/PMA-2 to the forward port of Destiny is scheduled for Wednesday.
A spacesuit malfunction in a test chamber at JSC forced NASA to standdown spacewalks at the Space Station until further notice. This has the potential to be major trouble, as a spacewalk is required next week to finish reinstalling Node 2 in its permanent position. However, this could also prove to be an isolated malfunction with no repercussions. NASA is still investigating Friday's spacesuit glitch, in which a trainee smelled smoke inside the spacesuit. No one was injured.
The schedule is still very tight for the Space Station crew to complete all the tasks needed before Atlantis arrives with Columbus.
Thorny From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 10, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5865 times:
Node 2 "Harmony" was successfully relocated to it's permanent position at the forward end of the International Space Station this morning. Astronauts using the Station's robot arm moved Harmony from Node 1 Left, where it was berthed by the Discovery crew, to the forward port of the U.S. Laboratory module "Destiny". Pressurized Mating Adapter 2 is now at the forward end of Harmony and is where all future Space Shuttle missions will dock at the Space Station.
A spacewalk next week will be performed to reconnect fluid and data lines on the outside of Harmony.
BEG2IAH From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 827 posts, RR: 12 Reply 15, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 5756 times:
Quoting PC12Fan (Reply 12): Sorry to sound crass, but I think you answered your own question.
Actually I didn't. NASA kept all the plans, but they were tentative (i.e. conditional on this issue being resolved), and I couldn't find any information on NASA web site, except that we will see two more spacewalks. I see that space.com has it, and thanks for the link.
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DfwRevolution From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 17, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 5559 times:
Quote: Flight Readiness Review approves December 6 launch date for STS-122
Shuttle Atlantis has been cleared by the Flight Readiness Review (FRR) for her December 6 launch target, at 4:31 p.m. EST. STS-122 will be the fourth mission of 2007 by an agency described by shuttle manager Wayne Hale as a "Can Do!" NASA.
STS-122 is carrying the European Columbus module to the International Space Station (ISS), on a mission that will be extended by two days for an additional EVA - should consumables status allow.
Thorny From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 18, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 5541 times:
Some details from the Flight Readiness Review press conference...
Lots of kudos to the Space Station crew and ground support team that made up lost time after the P6 solar wing damage and consequent repair during STS-120.
Also major kudos to the Kennedy processing teams that came back from the hailstorm at the beginning of the year to get us within a week of the fourth Shuttle flight of the year.
NASA will conduct three launch attempts in a row (Dec 6, 7, and 8) if necessary, rather than the usual two attempts followed by a rest. The afternoon launch time makes three days less stressful on the launch team.
An Atlas V is scheduled for launch on Dec 10, but will likely step aside if STS-122 needs a launch attempt on Dec 10. This launch window closes Dec 13.
NASA is planning to conserve fuel cell propellants as much as possible to give STS-122 two additional days in orbit. If the plan works, a fourth EVA (devoted to SARJ inspections and possible parts removal) will be performed. Atlantis does not have the Station-to-Shuttle Power Transfer System like Endeavour and Discovery.
STS-122 and STS-123 are still go as scheduled for Dec 6 and Feb 14 despite the SARJ problem on ISS. STS-124 in April is also likely 'go', but if the SARJ isn't repaired by then, they'll have to change the JEM activation procedures quite a bit due to reduced power available.