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Official STS-116 Discovery Mission Thread

Fri Sep 22, 2006 12:58 am

Since STS-115 just landed, it is almost time to start thinking about the next mission, STS-116.

Mission Facts (As of 9/21/06):

Target Launch Date: December 16, 2006
Orbiter: Discovery
Crew:

Mark Polansky
Commander

William Oefelein
Pilot

Joan Higginbotham
Nicholas Patrick
Christer Fuglesang (ESA)
Mission Specialists

Sunita Williams
Flight Engineer
She will join Expedition 14 in progress and serve as a flight engineer after traveling to the station on space shuttle mission STS-116.
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RE: Official STS-116 Discovery Mission Thread

Fri Sep 22, 2006 2:45 am

Actually, STS-116 is scheduled for launch on December 14, 2006, but yesterday's Press Conference hinted that an advance to December 7 in in the works so Discovery can be home for Christmas.

STS-116 will be carrying a Spacehab single module (the lone double module was lost with Columbia) with Space Station supplies and the P-5 Truss segment, which will be attached to the newly-installed P-4.

STS-116 will also retract the P6 left solar wing (which should be dramatic, and might very well get stuck, it's been up there much longer before retraction than planned.) so that the new P4 arrays can begin rotating to follow the Sun, and begin providing electricity to the Space Station.
 
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RE: Official STS-116 Discovery Mission Thread

Fri Sep 22, 2006 4:37 am

Quoting Thorny (Reply 1):
Actually, STS-116 is scheduled for launch on December 14, 2006, but yesterday's Press Conference hinted that an advance to December 7 in in the works so Discovery can be home for Christmas.

Cool. I got the info this morning from STS-116 website which they must not have updated from when they made the announcement.
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RE: Official STS-116 Discovery Mission Thread

Fri Sep 22, 2006 5:03 am

Quoting JetBlueGuy2006 (Thread starter):
Crew:

It seems that you missed mentioning Robert Curbeam, Mission Specialist.

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sh.../shuttlemissions/sts116/index.html

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RE: Official STS-116 Discovery Mission Thread

Fri Sep 22, 2006 6:46 am

So should I start the 117, 118, 119 threads now???  Yeah sure  Yeah sure  Yeah sure
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RE: Official STS-116 Discovery Mission Thread

Fri Sep 22, 2006 7:28 am

Quoting TedTAce (Reply 4):
So should I start the 117, 118, 119 threads now???

I think its fair game after the completion of the previous mission. 116 yes. 117 no.
 
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RE: Official STS-116 Discovery Mission Thread

Fri Sep 22, 2006 7:33 am

Quoting Thorny (Reply 5):
I think its fair game after the completion of the previous mission. 116 yes. 117 no.

I would wait until the real countdown clock started, but that's just me...
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RE: Official STS-116 Discovery Mission Thread

Fri Sep 22, 2006 10:54 am

Interesting to note that with free-flying-foam seemingly less of a problem,
NASA is considering a night launch. Have never covered one at the Cape, but they're spectacular, even from as far away as Tampa. One clear winter night, standing in the parking lot of a bar, watched one til the SRB's fell away,
tiny red dots...just amazing...
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RE: Official STS-116 Discovery Mission Thread

Fri Sep 22, 2006 11:15 am

Quoting TPAnx (Reply 7):
NASA is considering a night launch.

This has been the plan for about two years: two Shuttle launches without major foam loss and NASA would relax the daylight launch criteria. The foam problems on STS-114 last year pushed back the resumption of night launches from STS-115 to STS-116.
 
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RE: Official STS-116 Discovery Mission Thread

Fri Sep 22, 2006 2:02 pm

Quoting TPAnx (Reply 7):
NASA is considering a night launch.

How many night launches have there been in NASA history (All)?

With NASA finishing up the ISS, finishing up shuttle and moving to a new project, things are getting exciting. I actually watch the launches again. Hadn't done that since I was in Elementary school.

Quoting Thorny (Reply 1):
(which should be dramatic, and might very well get stuck, it's been up there much longer before retraction than planned.)

Too bad Pete Conrad is not with us...I would have said, "reinstate and send him back to do the job...again in reverse."
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RE: Official STS-116 Discovery Mission Thread

Sat Sep 23, 2006 12:42 am

Quoting Centrair (Reply 9):
How many night launches have there been in NASA history (All)?

29 manned launches at night.
 
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RE: Official STS-116 Discovery Mission Thread

Sat Sep 23, 2006 3:04 am

Quoting TedTAce (Reply 6):
I would wait until the real countdown clock started, but that's just me...

A lot of interesting things happen before the countdown though-- rollover, rollout, launch date changes (just look at STS-114 and STS-121...)
 
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RE: Official STS-116 Discovery Mission Thread

Mon Sep 25, 2006 9:29 am

Quoting Thorny (Reply 10):
29 manned launches at night

Sorry to get on this but weren't much of them in Shuttle? How many night lauches were non-shuttle launches?
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RE: Official STS-116 Discovery Mission Thread

Mon Sep 25, 2006 10:01 pm

Quoting Centrair (Reply 12):
Sorry to get on this but weren't much of them in Shuttle? How many night lauches were non-shuttle launches?

Just one: Apollo 17.
 
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RE: Official STS-116 Discovery Mission Thread

Tue Sep 26, 2006 9:11 am

The only launch I’ve seen in person was a night launch and it was spectacular. We watched from Cocoa Beach. It still gives me shivers thinking about it. I’m fairly stunned that NASA is thinking of giving a night launch a go again.

It would have been pretty amazing to see a night launch of the Saturn V.
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RE: Official STS-116 Discovery Mission Thread

Tue Sep 26, 2006 9:46 am

Quoting F86sabre (Reply 14):
I’m fairly stunned that NASA is thinking of giving a night launch a go again.

There would be no hope of completing the Space Station by 2010 without night launches.

Regardless, it isn't necessary any longer (with the possible exception of STS-117 and its new Ice-Frost Ramp equipped Tank) since other methods have now been proven to show the Shuttle was not damaged at launch. Radar at the Cape has spotted all of the shedding events on STS-114, STS-121, and STS-115, and even has spotted a few debris objects that the optical cameras did not. The OBSS boom and Space Station photography have removed any doubt that damage to the heat shield can be detected even if an impact event is missed. And even at night, there is growing confidence that optical cameras will still be useful, thanks to ambient light coming from the SRBs (and once the SRBs are jettisoned, the Shuttle is past the impact event danger area.)

So, after a thorough analysis of Atlantis over the next two or three weeks, expect NASA to drop the daylight-launch criteria (which was a NASA in-house recommendation and did not come from the Columbia Accident Investigation Board) and simultaneously advance STS-116 from December 14 (daylight launch) to December 7 (night launch.)
 
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RE: Official STS-116 Discovery Mission Thread

Fri Sep 29, 2006 8:01 am

Give Thorny a cigar..NASA is now talking about 9:38 PM on December 7th.
Nothing's final yet..but a night launch looks pretty certain.
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RE: Official STS-116 Discovery Mission Thread

Fri Sep 29, 2006 10:39 am

Quoting TPAnx (Reply 16):
NASA is now talking about 9:38 PM on December 7th.

If the Fat lady sings on this one it will be pretty cool (my first night launch in person), though I'd lke to see a 24-48 hour delay. This will work nicely.
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RE: Official STS-116 Discovery Mission Thread

Sat Sep 30, 2006 12:20 pm

As long as the launch isn't scheduled while I'm at school it'll all be good so I can watch it.
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RE: Official STS-116 Discovery Mission Thread

Sat Sep 30, 2006 4:38 pm

The ET for Atlantis and the Launch On Need might cause a delay. The tank might not be ready in time to provide support for sts-116.
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RE: Official STS-116 Discovery Mission Thread

Mon Oct 09, 2006 12:02 am

December 7 night launch is official now...

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/news/status-20061006.html

During Thursday's Program Requirements Control Board meeting, Space Shuttle Program managers discussed the self-imposed restriction to daylight launches of the first two missions following the Columbia accident. The Program agreed to evaluate daylight versus night launches on a mission by mission basis when requirements for highly desirable launch and ascent imagery are identified. The consensus was that restoring night launch capability of the shuttle does not impose additional risk to the safety of the vehicle and crew. It provides flexibility in scheduling missions to the International Space Station toward fulfilling the shuttle's mission to finish station construction within the remaining life of the shuttle fleet prior to the fleet's retirement in 2010. The current no earlier than launch date would have a launch time of 9:38 p.m.
 
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RE: Official STS-116 Discovery Mission Thread

Tue Oct 17, 2006 10:01 am

Looks as though there will be delays...but not for STS 116
story's here:
http://www.bradenton.com/mld/bradenton/news/15774644.htm
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RE: Official STS-116 Discovery Mission Thread

Tue Oct 17, 2006 10:09 pm

Quoting TPAnx (Reply 21):
Looks as though there will be delays...but not for STS 116

Not all that surprised. LockMart is still trying to get up to speed with the redesigned External Tanks. And if NASA decides the updated Ice/Frost Ramps need a daylight launch to watch them for debris, STS-117 won't fly until April anyway.
 
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RE: Official STS-116 Discovery Mission Thread

Wed Oct 18, 2006 12:44 am

Quoting Thorny (Reply 22):
And if NASA decides the updated Ice/Frost Ramps need a daylight launch to watch them for debris, STS-117 won't fly until April anyway.

This is probably a stupid question, but why would the wait have to be so long? I understand that there has to be coordination of where the station is when the station is when the shuttle launches, but it's surprising to me that it's so drastic.

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RE: Official STS-116 Discovery Mission Thread

Wed Oct 18, 2006 3:00 am

It has to do with the building and checkout of the external tanks and the turnaround of the standby rescue orbiter.
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RE: Official STS-116 Discovery Mission Thread

Wed Oct 18, 2006 3:40 am

Quoting Chksix (Reply 24):
It has to do with the building and checkout of the external tanks and the turnaround of the standby rescue orbiter.

No, the requirement for a standby rescue orbiter (STS-300) officially went away after STS-115 last month. It was only needed for two consecutive flights without significant debris problems, same as daytime-only launches. And that was an in-house NASA requirement anyway (not a CAIB recommendation) which they can change whenever they want.

The new delays (about 30 days for post-116 missions) are due to External Tank production and Ice/Frost Ramp redesign qualification, and the desire (now that night launches are allowed again) to put some room between Shuttle dockings and Soyuz dockings at ISS.
 
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RE: Official STS-116 Discovery Mission Thread

Wed Oct 18, 2006 8:08 am

Thorny, you have to check this forum out: http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/for...-view.asp?tid=4859&posts=5&start=1

I asked the question straight to the people there and got a good reply that shows that LON still stands and will do for the rest of the STS programme.

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RE: Official STS-116 Discovery Mission Thread

Thu Oct 19, 2006 3:01 am

Quoting Chksix (Reply 26):
I asked the question straight to the people there and got a good reply that shows that LON still stands and will do for the rest of the STS programme.

Whoops, you're right. There is still a Launch on Need schedule. But I don't think LON is driving the schedule delays, it is ET production and Soyuz schedule de-conflict doing that. The LON schedule tends to get wonky next year when Endeavour returns to service and NASA has three Orbiters in rotation, so LON really starts bumping up against traditional launch schedules anyway and starts to become less of a factor in launch date determination.

The new launch schedule, if approved...

STS-116 Discovery, 7 Dec 06
STS-117 Atlantis, 16 Mar 07 (prev. 22 Feb)
STS-118 Endeavour, 28 Jun 07 (prev. 11 Jun)
STS-120 Atlantis, 7 Sep 07 (prev. 9 Aug)
STS-122 Discovery, 17 Oct 07 (unchanged)
STS-123 Endeavour, 8 Dec 07 (previously 6 Dec)
 
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RE: Official STS-116 Discovery Mission Thread

Thu Oct 19, 2006 8:27 am

Quoting Thorny (Reply 27):

STS-117 Atlantis, 16 Mar 07 (prev. 22 Feb)
STS-118 Endeavour, 28 Jun 07 (prev. 11 Jun)
STS-120 Atlantis, 7 Sep 07 (prev. 9 Aug)
STS-122 Discovery, 17 Oct 07 (unchanged)
STS-123 Endeavour, 8 Dec 07 (previously 6 Dec)

5 flights... what a beautiful year 07 will be if this sticks!!!
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RE: Official STS-116 Discovery Mission Thread

Thu Oct 19, 2006 3:13 pm

Will STS-116 be the last launch from Pad 39B?
 
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RE: Official STS-116 Discovery Mission Thread

Thu Oct 19, 2006 9:49 pm

Quoting BigWNFan (Reply 29):
Will STS-116 be the last launch from Pad 39B?

Yes.
 
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RE: Official STS-116 Discovery Mission Thread

Fri Oct 20, 2006 8:39 am

So 39B is shutting down already? I thought they were gonna shut one down in 2008.
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RE: Official STS-116 Discovery Mission Thread

Fri Oct 20, 2006 10:02 am

Quoting Mke717spotter (Reply 31):
So 39B is shutting down already? I thought they were gonna shut one down in 2008.

The handover date from Space Shuttle Program to Constellation Systems is currently April, 2007, but NASA is still deliberting on whether it needs 39B available for Launch On Need for the Hubble Servicing Mission (this is the only LON mission I previously thought was still on the schedule, but I stand corrected.) If NASA decides it needs LON for STS-125 (Hubble SM-4) then the 39B handover won't happen until mid-2008. NASA also is considering moving up STS-125 to late 2007, but I think the Japanese would have a fit about that since that would bump their Kibo module launch into 2008.
 
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RE: Official STS-116 Discovery Mission Thread

Mon Oct 23, 2006 8:02 am

What exactly is the "handover" refering to? I have never heard that term before?

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RE: Official STS-116 Discovery Mission Thread

Mon Oct 23, 2006 10:21 am

NASA are switching from the STS shuttles to capsules and that's what they call Handover.
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RE: Official STS-116 Discovery Mission Thread

Mon Oct 23, 2006 11:39 am

Quoting JetBlueGuy2006 (Reply 33):
What exactly is the "handover" refering to? I have never heard that term before?

It is simply the relinquishing of "ownership" of Launch Pad 39B from the Space Shuttle program to its successor, Project Constellation (the Orion spacecraft and Ares launch vehicles.) After "handover", Launch Pad 39B will no longer be available for Space Shuttle launches. This presents a problem for NASA, which wants to get started on Constellation as soon as possible, but also (probably) needs both Pads 39A and 39B operational at the time of the Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission in 2008, so that one pad can be ready to launch a rescue Shuttle immediately after the Hubble mission launches.
 
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RE: Official STS-116 Discovery Mission Thread

Mon Oct 23, 2006 12:45 pm

Quoting Thorny (Reply 35):
This presents a problem for NASA, which wants to get started on Constellation as soon as possible, but also (probably) needs both Pads 39A and 39B operational at the time of the Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission in 2008, so that one pad can be ready to launch a rescue Shuttle immediately after the Hubble mission launches.

Why would they need a rescue shuttle for that mission particularly as opposed to all the other ones?

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RE: Official STS-116 Discovery Mission Thread

Mon Oct 23, 2006 9:57 pm

Quoting Mir (Reply 36):
Why would they need a rescue shuttle for that mission particularly as opposed to all the other ones?

All the others are going to the Space Station, which can serve as a Safe Haven for the crew if the Shuttle is unable to return to Earth. Hubble's orbit is incompatible with the Space Station, so the Hubble mission won't be able to hold out long awaiting a rescue. NASA will either need to have a rescue Shuttle on the other pad ready to go, or find some way to turn around the one launch pad for a second launch in less than about 3 weeks. The standby Shuttle on the second pad looks a lot safer.
 
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RE: Official STS-116 Discovery Mission Thread

Tue Oct 24, 2006 11:19 pm

NASA managers are to discuss the Hubble mission Friday, the administrator then has the final say. Hope it's go..Hubble has shown us so much of our universe. If it's no-go, is anyone aware of a Hubble replacement in the works? I'm not..
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RE: Official STS-116 Discovery Mission Thread

Wed Oct 25, 2006 2:58 am

Quoting TPAnx (Reply 38):
is anyone aware of a Hubble replacement in the works?

Yes, but it's several years off.
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RE: Official STS-116 Discovery Mission Thread

Wed Oct 25, 2006 5:40 am

Quoting TPAnx (Reply 38):
is anyone aware of a Hubble replacement in the works?

Not exactly. There are no successors planned with Hubble's visible light capability. However, the James Webb Space Telescope will be an enormous telescope in the infrared.

http://jwst.gsfc.nasa.gov/index.html
 
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RE: Official STS-116 Discovery Mission Thread

Fri Oct 27, 2006 1:18 pm

Back on topic..Discovery moves to the VAB in a few days...
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RE: Official STS-116 Discovery Mission Thread

Tue Oct 31, 2006 5:05 am

Quoting TPAnx (Reply 41):
Discovery moves to the VAB in a few days...

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RE: Official STS-116 Discovery Mission Thread

Tue Oct 31, 2006 5:17 am

Quoting TPAnx (Reply 38):
NASA managers are to discuss the Hubble mission Friday, the administrator then has the final say. Hope it's go..Hubble has shown us so much of our universe. If it's no-go, is anyone aware of a Hubble replacement in the works? I'm not..



Quoting Thorny (Reply 40):
Not exactly. There are no successors planned with Hubble's visible light capability. However, the James Webb Space Telescope will be an enormous telescope in the infrared.

Ok, regarding the JWST and its 'replacement' of Hubble. Its not going to be a replacement, and when JWST goes up we are *still* going to be in the same situation with HST, regardless of whether this HST service mission goes ahead or not.

This service mission, done in 2008 if agreed, will extend Hubbles life to 2013. The JWST is planned for launch in 2013, and it *still* wont replace all of Hubbles functionality.

Thats why I cant understand the people that tout JWST as a replacement nor the people that try to argue for this service mission to go ahead based on the fact that JWST isnt a complete replacement.

So what happens in 2013? Do we have exactly the same discussion as we are having now? The same people begging for a service mission based on the fact that Hubble isnt being replaced on a feature by feature basis?
 
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RE: Official STS-116 Discovery Mission Thread

Tue Oct 31, 2006 1:26 pm

Quoting RichardPrice (Reply 43):
Do we have exactly the same discussion as we are having now?

No, we either talk about waiting for a suitable replacement (in process at that time) or wishing someone would start to make one. There is absolutely no way I can imagine a CEV mission to repair the Hubble and the STS's will have been SK'ed for 3 years, forget it.
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RE: Official STS-116 Discovery Mission Thread

Tue Nov 07, 2006 11:14 am

Mission managers discussed the mission today...Monday...Discovery moves to the pad Tuesday, November 7th..
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RE: Official STS-116 Discovery Mission Thread

Tue Nov 07, 2006 1:10 pm

Quoting TPAnx (Reply 45):
Mission managers discussed the mission today...Monday...Discovery moves to the pad Tuesday, November 7th

Um... make that 12:01am Thursday, 9 Nov.

NASA is now looking at advancing launch to 6 December, but the delay in rollout might have killed that option.
 
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RE: Official STS-116 Discovery Mission Thread

Tue Nov 07, 2006 4:04 pm

Has any launch ever been on or ahead of schedule?
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RE: Official STS-116 Discovery Mission Thread

Tue Nov 07, 2006 11:02 pm

Quoting RichPhitzwell (Reply 47):
Has any launch ever been on or ahead of schedule?

I vaguely recall at least one was rescheduled for an earlier launch, but in the end other problems (weather?) ended up pushing launch back to the original time or later.
 
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RE: Official STS-116 Discovery Mission Thread

Fri Nov 10, 2006 1:15 am

Discovery arrived at Launch Pad 39B this morning. Liftoff of STS-116 remains scheduled for December 7, but an advance to December 6 is still on the table.

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