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Official STS-126 Endeavour Shuttle Mission Thread  
User currently offlineThorny From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 7631 times:

With Atlantis's STS-125 delayed until early next year, the next Space Shuttle flight will now be Endeavour's STS-126 to the International Space Station.

Flight: STS-126 (124th flight of the Space Shuttle)

Orbiter: OV-105 Endeavour (22nd flight of Endeavour)

Mission: International Space Station Utilization and Logistics Flight 2 (ULF-2)

Crew:
Chris Ferguson, Commander
Eric Boe, Pilot
Heidi Stefanyshyn-Piper, Mission Specialist
Don Pettit, Mission Specialist
Stephen Bowen, Mission Specialist
Robert Kimbrough, Mission Specialist
Sandra Magnus, ISS Expedition 18 (launch)
Greg Chamitoff, ISS Expedition 17 (return)

Launch:
7:55pm EST, Friday, November 14, 2008
Launch Pad 39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida

Landing:
2:18pm EST, Saturday, November 29, 2008
Shuttle Landing Facility, Kennedy Space Center

STS-126 is the second "Utilization and Logistics Flight" to the International Space Station, a new mission category implemented after the Columbia accident to combine assembly, resupply, and research in a single flight. (ULF-1 was STS-121 in 2006.)

The principal payload of STS-126 is the Multipurpose Pressurized Logsitics Carrier Leonardo. This will be the fifth flight of Leonardo and will be the heaviest MPLM load to date. Leonardo will be carrying racks and supplies to outfit the newly-installed Columbus and Kibo laboratory modules, as well as equipment to prepare the Space Station for six permanent crew members beginning in mid-2009.

STS-126 will also feature four spacewalks, mostly to disassemble the troubled SARJ (Solar Alpha Rotary Joint) which is clogged with debris and no longer can be rotated to allow the solar panels on the starboard side to track the sun. Astronauts will remove the SARJ's damaged trundle bearings and also add more lubrication to the functioning-normally portside SARJ. NASA's forward plan is to completely replace the SARJ in 2010, a complicated procedure never expected to be attempted in space.

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User currently offlineKPDX From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 2728 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 7580 times:



Quoting Thorny (Thread starter):
Don Pettit, Mission Specialist

Cool! He is a local from around here.

Go STS-126!  bouncy 



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User currently offlineTheSonntag From Germany, joined Jun 2005, 3516 posts, RR: 29
Reply 2, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 7571 times:

Oops... You were faster  Smile

User currently offlineThorny From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (5 years 9 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 7350 times:

Endeavour completed the "Rollaround" from Launch Pad 39B to Launch Pad 39A late this afternoon. Rollaround was advanced two days due to bad weather forecast for Kennedy Space Center during the originally planned Saturday rollaround.

Launch remains on schedule for 7:55pm EST, November 14.


User currently offlineJetBlueGuy2006 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1649 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (5 years 9 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 7329 times:

Thorny:

Couple questions for you.

1. What is the story about honoring states? I heard on local media around here that the remaining shuttle flights will be featuring or honoring all 50 states.

2. If the shuttle program is extended, will they scrap the plans to retire Endeavour in 2010 so they don't have to rely on the remaining fleet?

2a. When is the study due about the possibility of the program extension? In your opinion, would the extension to be a good thing for NASA and its ability to continue human spaceflight while the Orion program is still being developed?



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User currently offlineCloudy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (5 years 9 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 7322 times:

It may be that no one is seriously interested shuttle operations beyond that neccesary to complete the ISS plus the Centrifuge Accomodation Module, etc. There is another possible reason congress put language into law that dissalows actions that would prevent the use of the shuttle after 2010. That would be to prevent Griffin from destroying critical infrastructure that may be needed for "Direct" or other alternatives to Ares I. Most of those "in the know" seem to think the Ares I is not going to work, or if it does, that it will simply suck. NASA's friends in congress have ways of finding this out, and so are interested in preserving alternative options.

User currently offlineThorny From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (5 years 9 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 7315 times:



Quoting JetBlueGuy2006 (Reply 4):
1. What is the story about honoring states? I heard on local media around here that the remaining shuttle flights will be featuring or honoring all 50 states.

First I'd heard of it. But here is a little more...

http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewpr.rss.html?pid=26753

Quoting JetBlueGuy2006 (Reply 4):
2. If the shuttle program is extended, will they scrap the plans to retire Endeavour in 2010 so they don't have to rely on the remaining fleet?

Atlantis, not Endeavour. The current proposal calls for Atlantis retiring and being a donor to the other two, although she'll still be in condition to return to service, if necessary.

Quoting JetBlueGuy2006 (Reply 4):

2a. When is the study due about the possibility of the program extension?

November.

Quoting JetBlueGuy2006 (Reply 4):
In your opinion, would the extension to be a good thing for NASA and its ability to continue human spaceflight while the Orion program is still being developed?

Only if funding is increased to allow continued Orion development while Shuttle keeps flying. I don't see that happening in this economic climate.

Quoting Cloudy (Reply 5):
It may be that no one is seriously interested shuttle operations beyond that neccesary to complete the ISS plus the Centrifuge Accomodation Module, etc.

CAM is dead. It's been sitting out in the elements outside a Japanese space center for a while now. No chance of being returned to flight condition. Worse, even if there is funding to keep flying Shuttle, there is no funding to build any additional modules. Perhaps they could convert one of the MPLMs into a Hab-lite or a CAM-lite, but still that will take funding from Orion/Ares.


User currently offlineJetBlueGuy2006 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1649 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (5 years 9 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 7307 times:



Quoting Thorny (Reply 6):

Thanks for the answers Thorny.



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User currently offlineNomadd22 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1832 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 9 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 7250 times:



Quoting Thorny (Reply 6):
Perhaps they could convert one of the MPLMs into a Hab-lite or a CAM-lite, but still that will take funding from Orion/Ares.

I heard some static about leaving one of the Italians attached permanently for much needed storage space if nothing else. Has anyone heard of any serious consideration of that? It seems like all they'd have to worry about is maintaining pressure and keeping it warm if it was just a storeroom. One port of Node 2 for that and one for transients.



Andy Goetsch
User currently offlineThorny From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (5 years 9 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 7205 times:



Quoting Nomadd22 (Reply 8):

I heard some static about leaving one of the Italians attached permanently for much needed storage space if nothing else. Has anyone heard of any serious consideration of that?

Serious discussion, no. But it is a suggestion that is floating around, primarily about Donatello, the MPLM that will likely fly only once before the Shuttle retires.

The problem is that an MPLM will need improved MMOD (micrometeoroid/orbital debris) shielding if it is to remain permanently attached, even if only as a seldom used storage shed (this is partly why NASA didn't leave MPLMs at the Station between Shuttle flights, even though that would have enormously helped the storage situation in the Station's early years.) That will cost some money... not a lot, but no one has much to spare these days. Another obstacle is that ISS isn't hurting for storage space anymore (JEM's cargo module is mostly empty now, and I don't think Destiny, Columbus and JEM are going to be filled to capacity with racks once assembly is complete.) The success of ATV also eases storage concerns for ISS.

These, along with the heavy requirements for the limited remaining "down mass" (cargo brought back by the Shuttle in an MPLM) means that it isn't very likely to happen as long as Shuttle retires after STS-133 or 134. If the program is extended, then an uprated MPLM (either as a storage room or as a "Hab-lite") is a possibility.


User currently offlineTheSonntag From Germany, joined Jun 2005, 3516 posts, RR: 29
Reply 10, posted (5 years 8 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 6952 times:

STS 126 is go for launch on November, 14th... So while no Hubble, at least the Station gets some new equipment...

User currently offlineLnglive1011yyz From Canada, joined Oct 2003, 1608 posts, RR: 15
Reply 11, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 6711 times:

Any new news on the launch details? Is the hurricane in the gulf going to affect launch?

1011yyz



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User currently offlineThorny From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 6700 times:



Quoting Lnglive1011yyz (Reply 11):
Any new news on the launch details? Is the hurricane in the gulf going to affect launch?

No. Weather is looking a little shaky, but not because of Paloma, which is dissipating and moving out to sea.


User currently offlineThorny From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 6561 times:

The countdown for launch of STS-126 began at 10:00pm EST, Tuesday. Launch is scheduled for 7:55pm Friday, November 14.

Weather is forecast to be 40% 'no-go' for launch, and worsens for Saturday, but thereafter will be several days of good weather.


User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10884 posts, RR: 37
Reply 14, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 6530 times:



Quoting Thorny (Reply 3):

The launch will be at stupid o'clock in the night for me here ECT.  expressionless 
I will have to watch a replay. I hope all will be safe for them.



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User currently offlineKPDX From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 2728 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 6405 times:

So is STS-126 launching today?


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User currently offlineDfwRevolution From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 961 posts, RR: 51
Reply 16, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 6395 times:



Quoting KPDX (Reply 15):
So is STS-126 launching today?

Launch is scheduled for 7:55 EST tonight. Weather is looking good so it looks likely that the launch will be today.


User currently offlineThorny From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 6395 times:



Quoting KPDX (Reply 15):
So is STS-126 launching today?

Yes. Weather forecast has improved to 70% 'go'.

6:55pm EST.


User currently offlineTheSonntag From Germany, joined Jun 2005, 3516 posts, RR: 29
Reply 18, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 6381 times:

Lets hope all goes well... I have time to watch this one on Nasa TV, finally...

User currently offlineThorny From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 6363 times:



Quoting Thorny (Reply 17):

6:55pm EST.



Quoting DfwRevolution (Reply 16):

Launch is scheduled for 7:55 EST tonight.

Whoops. Sorry, I'm in Central Time and forgot to adjust. Launch time is indeed 7:55pm EST.


User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10884 posts, RR: 37
Reply 20, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 6350 times:



Quoting Thorny (Reply 19):
Launch time is indeed 7:55pm EST.

Which translates to Impossible O'clock in the night for me here CET  biggrin  and I have to travel tomorrow from early morning so I won't have time to watch the launch replay on NASA-TV.  Sad



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User currently offlineNomadd22 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1832 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 6272 times:

Will they start rotating S5 again after the bearing replacement and lube job or wait till the new race is in? I never did hear if the overloaded bearings were an installation problem or a design problem. Somebody misfiguring thermal expansion or something. Or why the P side doesn't have the same problem.
I was also never clear on if the six body crew would wait till Node 3 arrived.

Hopefully, everything will go right and Thorny won't get tired of all the questions tossed his way.



Andy Goetsch
User currently offlineThorny From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 6267 times:



Quoting Nomadd22 (Reply 21):
Will they start rotating S5 again after the bearing replacement and lube job or wait till the new race is in?

They'll be able to rotate it again (it is currently inop) but it won't be fully operational. The benefit is that they'll be able to position the array for the best solar collection most of the time, but also be able to "feather" it for Soyuz/Progress/Shuttle dockings and re-boosts.

Quoting Nomadd22 (Reply 21):
I was also never clear on if the six body crew would wait till Node 3 arrived.

No. Six crew is still targeted for May/June 2009. Node 3 launch is First Quarter 2010.


User currently offlineKPDX From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 2728 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 6250 times:

40 more minutes or so! Go Endeavour. (And Don Pettit, Oregon native).  bigthumbsup 


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User currently offlineSeefivein From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 139 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 6208 times:

the white room door, has that happened before, not being tied back?

25 BEG2IAH : Great launch. Godspeed, Endeavour! BEG2IAH
26 JFKTOWERFAN : Night launches are awesome! Corey
27 TheSonntag : Main engine Cutoff normal... Welcome in orbit.
28 Thorny : The OMS-2 firing was successful, completing tonight's launch. Docking with the International Space Station is scheduled for Sunday afternoon.
29 UAopsMGR : For a moment there, i'll bet someone on the closeout crew was praying they would still be employed when tomorrow rolled around!
30 BEG2IAH : I expected the same thing, but launch director Mike Leinbach said that there would be no disciplinary action (Mike's exact words: "Absolutely not").
31 BEG2IAH : Preliminary report (source: NASA TV) says that two pieces of debris were seen behind the orbiter at 33 and 137 seconds into the flight. I hope these d
32 Nomadd22 : Godspeed New Kid. You had a hard act to follow in Challenger, and you've done a helluva job. It's hard to believe that many years have passed.
33 TheSonntag : Think about the consequences for the safety culture if this would lead to someone lose the job. Mistakes can happen, but people admitted them, and no
34 HaveBlue : Took the girlfriend down to the Sunglow Pier near Ponce Inlet, FL to view the launch. We were probably 35 miles line of sight from the launch pad. You
35 ZANL188 : Amazing that this kind of thing can happen with the Quality Assurance (QA) guy standing right there with his checklists and what not. Heck, as they w
36 UAopsMGR : With all due respect, think about the consequences of a pencil whipped checklist causing the OAA panel door to blow off and impact the shuttle on asc
37 TheSonntag : Yes, but it was indeed discovered before they launched and deemed acceptable, which is a sign to me that the system worked.
38 ZANL188 : The "system" did not work. Both the USA rep and the NASA QA should have caught this before they left the white room. It was only caught because someo
39 Thorny : I think this is one of the often-overlooked dangers of low flight rate. We didn't see this sort of thing when the Shuttle was flying 6-8 flights a ye
40 ZANL188 : Docking in 5 minutes
41 Post contains links MadameConcorde : STS-126 - EVA 1 Tool Bag Overboard http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flZRps0pBEo The bag drifts off at 4:58
42 TheSonntag : According to a german TV station, the bag can be seen from earth with a small telescope... Apart from that, the coverage of this ISS mission was very
43 Thorny : It's a very low-key mission, with most of the media attention on the Water Recovery System (and endless 'drinking urine' jokes on late-night TV and c
44 Nomadd22 : If the starboard sarj still looks good in six months they might decide to skip the race replacement. I hope they don't regret that if this puppy is st
45 SNA350 : According NASA TV weather conditions are not good for the first landing attempt at KSC the second one is looking better For the two landing opportunit
46 ZANL188 : NASA just waved off on the first KSC opportunity. Thunderstorms & turbulence below 10000ft.
47 ZANL188 : 2nd opportunity at KSC waved off. Maintaining the option for Edwards but no decision yet.
48 Thorny : Tornado Watch for most of Central and Northern Florida. Anyone in Southern California might think about heading out to try and see an Edwards landings
49 Blackbird1 : 'Entry Flight Director Bryan Lunney waved off space shuttle Endeavour's second Florida landing opportunity. The STS-126 crew still has two landing opp
50 Alessandro : Only three missions of 124 has gone +16 days, one +17days. So this is a long mission definitly.
51 Mir : It's early morning. Once the sun comes up and starts warming the place, that'll change. -Mir
52 Blackbird1 : Exactly, Mir, no need to worry about the weather at Edwards, however, it looks like Mission Control is thinking about landing at KSC on Monday, to avo
53 SNA350 : They will go for landing at EDW on the first opportunity. Landing will be on RWY 04 (temporary runway)
54 Blackbird1 : How cool is that, I just watched the Shuttle passing overhead my hometown Erlangen, Germany, a little bit later the flight director told the flight cr
55 Thorny : They officially gave up on landing at KSC. Today's weather is bad (tornado watch in area) and the forecast for tomorrow was hopeless (high winds). Thi
56 ZANL188 : Coming up on the deorbit burn.... Going to the temporary runway at Edwards.... Trivia question: When was the last time an orbiter landed on a new runw
57 ZANL188 : Good Burn... landing in 1 hour + 2 minutes
58 Vikkyvik : Ohhh, are they still doing construction on EDW's main runway? Anyone know if you can see/hear the shuttle as it passes over the greater LA area? I've
59 ZANL188 : Construction is complete. Shuttle landing aids have not been moved however... so they're going to the temp runway....
60 Blackbird1 : Wind from the NW (320 degrees) at 6 MPH (5 KT) Visibility 90 mile(s) Sky conditions mostly clear Temperature 66 F (19 C) Dew Point 41 F (5 C) Relative
61 Nomadd22 : Just hope that they never have to land at White Sands again. Nothing like spending three weeks cleaning gypsum out of every nook and cranny of the shi
62 Blackbird1 : Temporary RWY 04 has been confirmed for landing of Endeavour
63 Blackbird1 : Wheelstop. STS-126 is over Sun, 30 Nov 2008 10:27:41 PM UTC+0100 After 250 orbits of Earth, STS-126 has concluded safely with space shuttle Endeavour
64 Thorny : Best guess now is STS-125 (Hubble) on May 12 and STS-127 about five weeks later.
65 Vikkyvik : Well, to answer my own question.... As soon as I saw that it had made landfall on spaceflightnow, I walked outside. Sure enough, about a minute later
66 TheSonntag : The current launch manifest states STS 119 in February, but STS -125 on May 12th, while STS-127 on May 15th... This cannot be close to realistic, righ
67 Thorny : What's going on is that the Hubble people are driving the Shuttle launch schedule, instead of the other way around. So the Shuttle people are covering
68 TheSonntag : Thank you for your, as always, very insightful comments Thorny... That was what I thought about the schedule, as well. I am sure the next mission will
69 TheSonntag : Endeavour is back in Florida... The end of a very succesful mission...
70 Tiger119 : - What is the longest trip on a Shuttle? - When landing at KSC, you can hear the Shuttle cross the panhandle from FMY and it crosses the state 60+ mi
71 Vikkyvik : Believe it was STS-80, which was flown by Columbia, and clocked in at 17 days and almost 16 hours. Somewhere over Malibu's 20-mile coastline. And it'
72 Thorny : They've made it in one day before, during the summer's long days. They sometimes make only one stop, when the weather along the path allows a direct
73 Nomadd22 : That 747-100 can carry 240,000 pounds, so with all the reinforcing structure it needs to carry the shuttle on the roof, it's pretty close to being max
74 TheSonntag : Do they keep experiments and the like on board of the MPLM until they arrive in Florida, or are these things processed already at Edwards? I mean some
75 Thorny : But they also took out everything for cabin crew and passengers, so that probably balances out. I think they do go in and get what really needs to co
76 Tiger119 : - Why not (out of curiosity)?
77 Rwessel : You need a special fixture to support the bay doors, which are not strong enough to support themselves when open in earth's gravity. The required fix
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