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Official STS-118 Thread - Teacher In Space

Sat Jun 23, 2007 10:39 pm

Since Ted is in the clink I'll start the thread for the next mission....

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STS-118 Mission Patch. Courtesy: NASA


Launch Target:
Aug. 9, 2007

Orbiter:
Endeavour

Mission Number:
STS-118
(119th space shuttle flight)

Launch Window:
10 minutes

Launch Pad:
39A

Mission Duration:
11 days

Landing Site:
KSC

Inclination/Altitude:
51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

Primary Payload:
22nd station flight (13A.1), S5 Truss

U.S. Navy Commander Scott J. Kelly will command the seven-person crew of STS-118. U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col Charles O. Hobaugh will be Endeavour's pilot. Veteran astronauts Richard A. Mastracchio and Dr. Dafydd (Dave) Williams of the Canadian Space Agency will be returning to space for their second missions. Barbara R. Morgan, Tracy E. Caldwell, Ph. D., and Benjamin Alvin Drew round out the crew as mission specialists.

Courtesy NASA

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sh.../shuttlemissions/sts118/index.html

Of particular interest to me is that Barbara Morgan will finally get to fly on this mission. Barbara was Christa McAullifes backup on STS-51L, Challengers final mission. Barbara stuck with the program in various capacities, became a mission specialist (vs. educator astronaut) and is now, 21 years later, finally getting a chance to fly. She shows a certain tenacity that I have a lot of respect for...

Godspeed Endeavour!
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Sat Jun 23, 2007 10:45 pm

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Sun Jun 24, 2007 12:30 am

Update...

NASASpaceflight.com is reporting the launch is now targeted for August 7. The change hasn't been approved yet, but most likely will be.

And a little detail...

Endeavour will be carrying the S5 "Short Spacer" truss segment, to be attached to the end of S4 (which was just installed by Atlantis's crew.) S5 provides a berthing spot for the last solar panels, S6, which will fly on STS-119 in July, 2008.

Endeavour will also be carrying the Spacehab single module full of supplies for the Space Station, and a Control Moment Gyro (CMG) to replace one which has failed on orbit (and another is a little flaky.)

This will be the first flight of the Station/Shuttle Power Transfer System (SSPTS), enabling electrical power from the Station's big solar panels to supplement Shuttle electrical power and allow docked operations 2 to 3 days longer than previously possible. Discovery will have this modification on her next flight, too.

Astronaut Drew was added to the flight last month, replacing Clay Anderson, who advanced to STS-117 because of the three month hail-damage delay in the launch schedule.

Note the "Teacher In Space" project logo (the torch) is included on the STS-118 emblem.

[Edited 2007-06-23 17:43:09]
 
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Sun Jun 24, 2007 1:30 am

Quoting Thorny (Reply 2):
launch is now targeted for August 7

NASA needs to start making up some of the days lost on the hail fiasco..... Pick'em up wherever they can.....

Quoting Thorny (Reply 2):
Control Moment Gyro (CMG) to replace one which has failed on orbit (and another is a little flaky.)

Haven't heard much on the CMGs lately. Is this a refurb? Have they made any design changes based on inspections of the ones that have failed previously?
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Sun Jun 24, 2007 3:44 am

Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 3):
Haven't heard much on the CMGs lately. Is this a refurb? Have they made any design changes based on inspections of the ones that have failed previously?

Good question. I doubt this is a refurb as I wouldn't think they've had enough time to refurb the failed one that came home on 114 yet. Probably a ground spare. I haven't heard what the analysis of the failed CMG from 114 turned up.
 
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Wed Jun 27, 2007 11:57 am

Here's to an on-time and on-target launch for Endeavour first week of August. And to the return of a teacher in space as well!
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Fri Jun 29, 2007 6:35 am

New official launch target date is August 7, 2007.

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Thu Jul 05, 2007 12:29 am

Endeavour is now in the Vehicle Assembly Building, mated to her External Tank and Solid Rocket Boosters. Rollout to Launch Pad 39A is scheduled for July 10.
 
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Thu Jul 05, 2007 3:27 am

wow it's going fast now

Why is it that they rollout so soon?
Is there so much work to do on the pad that they need allmost on month?
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Thu Jul 05, 2007 8:14 am

Endeavour is now in the Vehicle Assembly Building, mated to her External Tank and Solid Rocket Boosters. Rollout to Launch Pad 39A is scheduled for July 10.

I saw the payload and main tank and SRB installation on NASA TV.



Of particular interest to me is that Barbara Morgan will finally get to fly on this mission. Barbara was Christa McAullifes backup on STS-51L

Will this put an end to the old Christa McAuliffe joke? You know, she was an english teacher and now she is history.
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Thu Jul 05, 2007 8:40 am

Quoting Confuscius (Reply 9):
Will this put an end to the old Christa McAuliffe joke? You know, she was an english teacher and now she is history.

Whoever came up with this "joke" should have his/her head examined.

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Thu Jul 05, 2007 8:59 am

Quoting SNA350 (Reply 8):
Why is it that they rollout so soon?
Is there so much work to do on the pad that they need allmost on month?

They could load the payload in the Orbiter in the OPF, but there are a lot of launch preps that can only be done at the pad, so it is more schedule-effective to load the payload at the pad, in tandem with other launch preps.

Four weeks on the pad has been the norm, post-Challenger. Before Challenger, they were down to about two weeks.
 
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Thu Jul 05, 2007 9:15 am

Quoting Thorny (Reply 4):
Good question. I doubt this is a refurb as I wouldn't think they've had enough time to refurb the failed one that came home on 114 yet. Probably a ground spare. I haven't heard what the analysis of the failed CMG from 114 turned up.

I think NASA has a healing shelf in their parts shelf, you put the broken part on it, let it sit for a few weeks and it gets better.

Quoting BEG2IAH (Reply 10):
Whoever came up with this "joke" should have his/her head examined.

You wheren't in middle school when Challeger blew up....There where all sorts of off-color Macauliffe jokes. I am sure there is a book out somewhere.
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Thu Jul 05, 2007 2:12 pm

Quoting L-188 (Reply 12):
You wheren't in middle school when Challeger blew up....There where all sorts of off-color Macauliffe jokes. I am sure there is a book out somewhere.

I'm not an American, so no wonder I had no clue. I've never heard of such a joke in Europe. Thanks for clearing it up.

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Fri Jul 06, 2007 7:30 am

Quoting Thorny (Reply 7):
Endeavour is now in the Vehicle Assembly Building, mated to her External Tank and Solid Rocket Boosters. Rollout to Launch Pad 39A is scheduled for July 10.

Here's a nice shot of Endeavour being hoisted in the VAB. Gives an interesting perspective of how big the VAB really is!!

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Endeavour being hoisted in the VAB. Courtesy: NASA


Other interesting NASA photos at:

http://mediaarchive.ksc.nasa.gov/search.cfm?cat=4
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Fri Jul 06, 2007 8:48 am

Are there different post-processing procedures in place for checkout prior to launch considering Endeavour hasn't flown in five years?
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Mon Jul 09, 2007 6:20 am

FYI: The 118 payload went to the pad this morning (Sunday). Endeavour and the remainder of the stack will rollout to the pad tuesday morning......

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Mon Jul 09, 2007 6:22 am

Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 15):
Are there different post-processing procedures in place for checkout prior to launch considering Endeavour hasn't flown in five years?

Aside from post Columbia modifications I hadn't heard that Endeavours OMDP was any different than any other orbiters OMDP, hence post-processing procedures should be similiar. I'll keep an eye out for info along those lines though..

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Mon Jul 09, 2007 2:55 pm

Endeavour's return to flight. I've been waiting for five years. It's exciting. Like a beast caged up for five years now...waiting to break the bonds of Earth and light up the sky with her twin SRB's and triplet SSME's.

Challenger's replacement, carrying MacAuliffe's backup, the teacher in space logo, the last Oribiter of the trio that has yet to make a flight since RTF...Endeavour's will be that final step to some normalcy for the Shuttle fleet.

Godspeed STS-118!

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Wed Jul 11, 2007 6:42 am

Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 16):
Endeavour and the remainder of the stack will rollout to the pad tuesday morning......

Endeavour did not roll to the pad today due to weather... They'll try again tonight... (approx 10pm)
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Wed Jul 11, 2007 10:02 am

She's on her way out now.
 
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Thu Jul 12, 2007 5:52 am

And she was hard down on Pad 39A in the middle of the night Tuesday/Wednesday. Still 'go' for August 7, but not much cushion left in the schedule.
 
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Sat Jul 14, 2007 7:09 am

On Endeavour:

- There's been some minor hail damage to the tank and TPS. So minor it's not yet clear when it happened.
- Trouble with a fuel isolation valve. It's not responding to commands.

Neither is a schedule threat at the moment

On the ISS:

- The U.S. Oxygen Generation System was activated for the first time this week. It uses electricity to split water into O2 & Hydrogen - similiar to the Elektron on the Russian side.

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Sat Jul 14, 2007 9:27 am

"Shuttle's Name Misspelled On NASA Launch Pad Sign"

http://www.local6.com/technology/13675075/detail.html

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Mon Jul 16, 2007 3:39 am

A Poor Mans Space Shuttle....



Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 22):
The U.S. Oxygen Generation System was activated for the first time this week. It uses electricity to split water into O2 & Hydrogen - similiar to the Elektron on the Russian side.

Apparently the U.S. Oxygen Generation system ran for about 14 hours last week and then was shutdown intentionally...
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Fri Jul 27, 2007 7:04 am

Apparent sabotage on a portion of the ISS payload aboard Endeavour.

From what I've heard so far it appears to be some sort of lab rack...

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/07/26/nasa.computers.reut/index.html

Fingers crossed that there will be no launch schedule impact
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Fri Jul 27, 2007 7:34 am

Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 25):
Fingers crossed that there will be no launch schedule impact

They said they'll fly without it if it can't be repaired in time. It is some sort of recorder/relay for sensors on the Truss and is not an urgent requirement or necessary for 118. Sounds like a "black box" that plugs into a system rack, not an entire rack.

For clarity: it is NOT the S5 truss segment or the replacement CMG.

Freak hail storm.
Homicidal astronaut.
Murder/Suicide at Houston.
Drunk astronauts.
Sabotage of flight hardware.

Ugh, what a year so far.

[Edited 2007-07-27 00:36:27]
 
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Fri Jul 27, 2007 6:29 pm

Quoting Thorny (Reply 26):
Ugh, what a year so far.

True, but apart from that, the return to flight campaign was a great success. All shuttle missions achieved their goals, and the ISS is back on track. It is just a shame they retire the shuttle in 2010.
 
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Fri Jul 27, 2007 9:48 pm

FRR is complete, we are "GO" for launch Tuesday, 7 August at 7:02 p.m .

Thanks to connections, I and my family will be at the NASA Causeway at KSC to view STS-118/Endeavour's launch.

It should be a helluva show, hope the weather cooperates!
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Fri Jul 27, 2007 10:26 pm

Determination pays off.  Smile

I hope they will all have a safe flight and they will enjoy their stay in the ISS.
I will be watching them from the ground while they pass over my area.

Wish I could go up there too.  Smile

Quoting ZANL188 (Thread starter):
Barbara Morgan will finally get to fly on this mission. Barbara was Christa McAullifes backup on STS-51L, Challengers final mission. Barbara stuck with the program in various capacities, became a mission specialist (vs. educator astronaut) and is now, 21 years later, finally getting a chance to fly. She shows a certain tenacity that I have a lot of respect for...
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Mon Jul 30, 2007 7:22 am

Tracy E. Caldwell, Ph. D.

Not bad for a ph.d. I'm wonder if she's one of the party animals at NASA.

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Mon Jul 30, 2007 9:23 am

Potential problem...

A leak check on Endeavour this weekend turned up a cabin pressure decay rate that was 4 times what is considered acceptable....

A leak hunt is underway...
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Tue Jul 31, 2007 2:27 am

Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 31):
A leak check on Endeavour this weekend turned up a cabin pressure decay rate that was 4 times what is considered acceptable....

Found and fixed. No impact on launch.
 
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Sat Aug 04, 2007 6:25 am

The launch has been postponed by 24 hours. Not a big delay, but lets hope they don't find other problems.
 
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Sat Aug 04, 2007 7:21 am

Quoting Confuscius (Reply 30):
Tracy E. Caldwell, Ph. D.

Not bad for a ph.d. I'm wonder if she's one of the party animals at NASA.

A classmate of mine and member of the Track & Field team with me at CSUF. Attended more than a few parties with her and she was very level headed, hell, we all were. Class act gal. Godspeed to ya Tracy!!!
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Sat Aug 04, 2007 7:43 am

Quoting TheSonntag (Reply 33):
The launch has been postponed by 24 hours. Not a big delay, but lets hope they don't find other problems.

The delay is to allow time to do a complete leak check folowing the relief valve replacement.
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Sat Aug 04, 2007 1:41 pm

FYI
Behind The Scene Pictures Of Endeavour (by Eksath Aug 3 2007 in Aviation Photography)
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Sat Aug 04, 2007 5:37 pm

The launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour on mission STS-118 has been postponed 24 hours to allow the shuttle processing team additional time to complete routine work before liftoff. The new launch is targeted for Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 6:36 p.m. EDT. The additional day will provide time to complete the processing and allow the countdown to begin at 8 p.m. Sunday.

An earlier leak in Endeavour's crew cabin has been fully resolved. The problem was traced to one of two positive pressure-relief valves that ensure that the cabin does not become over-pressurized. The suspect valve was removed and replaced with a valve from Atlantis. Another round of testing was successfully completed last night, with no leakage detected.

Source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/main/index.html

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Sun Aug 05, 2007 5:27 am

Remember, an August 8 launch is still one day earlier than the scheduled launch date when Atlantis landed in June.
 
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Wed Aug 08, 2007 3:56 am

Only one day to go... Lets see if Nasa manages to get a shuttle into the air on time...

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Wed Aug 08, 2007 6:59 am

Have arrived at MCO this afternoon, will be off to KSC for the launch tomorrow at 6:36 p.m. Weather has improved to being 20% or less chance for anvil clouds or rain.

I am SO looking forward to seeing Endeavour light up the sky from from the Banana Creek VIP viewing area 3 miles away from Complex 39A!!!
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Wed Aug 08, 2007 9:21 am

Godspeed to Endeavour..and crew...
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Thu Aug 09, 2007 5:33 am

Hatch closing now and leakchecks will follow.
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Thu Aug 09, 2007 5:59 am

Cant wait! Go Endeavour!
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Thu Aug 09, 2007 7:14 am

Anybody else having trouble with NASA TV? I'm watching on dish network and the picture appears to be frozen, been that way for the last 20 minutes or so...
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Thu Aug 09, 2007 7:27 am

Go for Launch!!

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Thu Aug 09, 2007 7:28 am

Count resumes!!

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Thu Aug 09, 2007 7:29 am

Crew access arm retracting.....
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Thu Aug 09, 2007 7:47 am

Woo Hoo! That was a cool ride to orbit!!
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Thu Aug 09, 2007 7:55 am

Two very cools things happened IMO -

1 - the very deliberate call of "go at throttle up", seemed like a tribute to Christa.

2 - after the ET separated, the announcer stated, "class is in session!"

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