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STS-133 Shuttle Launch - Discovery's Last

Fri Oct 29, 2010 4:34 pm

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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RE: STS-133 Shuttle Launch - Discovery's Last

Sat Oct 30, 2010 4:02 pm

Launch is going to Wednesday now..... 352PM EDT

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

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RE: STS-133 Shuttle Launch - Discovery's Last

Tue Nov 02, 2010 7:41 pm

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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RE: STS-133 Shuttle Launch - Discovery's Last

Tue Nov 02, 2010 7:46 pm

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 2):
   

No you're right. Screw the safety issues, they should launch regardless.
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RE: STS-133 Shuttle Launch - Discovery's Last

Wed Nov 03, 2010 8:34 pm

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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RE: STS-133 Shuttle Launch - Discovery's Last

Thu Nov 04, 2010 11:27 am

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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Fri Nov 05, 2010 7:22 am

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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RE: STS-133 Shuttle Launch - Discovery's Last

Fri Nov 05, 2010 7:50 am

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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Fri Nov 05, 2010 1:46 pm

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.
 
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RE: STS-133 Shuttle Launch - Discovery's Last

Fri Nov 05, 2010 2:50 pm

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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RE: STS-133 Shuttle Launch - Discovery's Last

Fri Nov 05, 2010 7:53 pm

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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RE: STS-133 Shuttle Launch - Discovery's Last

Sat Nov 06, 2010 12:20 am

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

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RE: STS-133 Shuttle Launch - Discovery's Last

Sat Nov 06, 2010 9:12 pm

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.

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RE: STS-133 Shuttle Launch - Discovery's Last

Sat Nov 06, 2010 10:28 pm

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.

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RE: STS-133 Shuttle Launch - Discovery's Last

Mon Nov 08, 2010 7:42 am

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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RE: STS-133 Shuttle Launch - Discovery's Last

Mon Nov 08, 2010 3:53 pm

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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RE: STS-133 Shuttle Launch - Discovery's Last

Tue Nov 09, 2010 7:44 pm

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.

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RE: STS-133 Shuttle Launch - Discovery's Last

Tue Nov 09, 2010 10:34 pm

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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RE: STS-133 Shuttle Launch - Discovery's Last

Wed Nov 17, 2010 1:26 pm

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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Mon Feb 21, 2011 7:14 pm

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

     
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Mon Feb 21, 2011 7:18 pm

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

     
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Wed Feb 23, 2011 2:18 am

Anyone else heading to the Cape for the launch?
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RE: STS-133 Shuttle Launch - Discovery's Last

Wed Feb 23, 2011 12:03 pm

Quoting JBirdAV8r (Reply 22):
Anyone else heading to the Cape for the launch?

Am there.  
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Wed Feb 23, 2011 2:16 pm

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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RE: STS-133 Shuttle Launch - Discovery's Last

Wed Feb 23, 2011 2:43 pm

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 announce that I will be part of this mission with others who have registered to be part of the flight - this one and STS-134. I am flying two times!!

https://faceinspace.nasa.gov/certificate.aspx

Go STS-133!!!

        
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Wed Feb 23, 2011 3:10 pm

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.


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Wed Feb 23, 2011 4:13 pm

Quoting eksath (Reply 26):
It was quite a technical effort to pull this shot off. Thought you NASA fans would enjoy it the most.

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Thu Feb 24, 2011 12:13 am

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 are coming from California.
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RE: STS-133 Shuttle Launch - Discovery's Last

Thu Feb 24, 2011 1:12 am

Quoting eksath (Reply 26):
It was quite a technical effort to pull this shot off.

The picture was very well worth the effort, congrats & thanks.
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RE: STS-133 Shuttle Launch - Discovery's Last

Thu Feb 24, 2011 10:26 am

Good picture Eksath.

More latest pictures of Shuttle Discovery here from NASA.
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I think I will shed a tear at lift off time. One tonight and then two more and that's it...

All this money spent on war and Shuttle flights geting scrubbed... Big shame!!

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Thu Feb 24, 2011 5:18 pm

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 Kepler, completed a flawless rendezvous and docking with the International Space Station at 17:08 CET (16:08 GMT) to deliver essential supplies.

ATV2-ISS docking video

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Congratulations ESA and all participants to this flight.

ATV is genius!!

     
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RE: STS-133 Shuttle Launch - Discovery's Last

Thu Feb 24, 2011 6:54 pm

Watch STS-133 Shuttle Discovery flight preparations and launch live on NASA TV

http://playlist.yahoo.com/makeplaylist.dll?id=1368570

  
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RE: STS-133 Shuttle Launch - Discovery's Last

Thu Feb 24, 2011 9:31 pm

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 32):
launch live on NASA TV

Watching live on NASA TV. It seems they have a problem with a computer?
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Thu Feb 24, 2011 9:34 pm

Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 33):
Watching live on NASA TV. It seems they have a problem with a computer?

Range safety systems seem to be experiencing a problem. They are currently no-go status.
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Thu Feb 24, 2011 9:44 pm

Looks like its going to me!
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Thu Feb 24, 2011 9:45 pm

Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 34):
Range safety systems seem to be experiencing a problem

Thanks.

It looks fixed now as they seem to have the go?
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Thu Feb 24, 2011 9:46 pm

Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 36):
It looks fixed now as they seem to have the go?

Its going, 5 minutes.
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Thu Feb 24, 2011 9:48 pm

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.

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Thu Feb 24, 2011 9:51 pm

Quoting HaveBlue (Reply 37):
Its going, 5 minutes.

Indeed! Go Discovery!
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Thu Feb 24, 2011 9:51 pm

APUs are good, control checks complete. She looks good to go in a couple of minutes  
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RE: STS-133 Shuttle Launch - Discovery's Last

Thu Feb 24, 2011 10:23 pm

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 firing room for that one.

Nice job to the launch team.

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Thu Feb 24, 2011 10:33 pm

Quoting Mir (Reply 41):
Oh, to be a fly on the wall in the firing room for that one.

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 antsy body language from all involved. I'd have launch-itis too after a several month wait  
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Thu Feb 24, 2011 10:42 pm

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 my breath when the man says "Go for throttle up..."
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Thu Feb 24, 2011 10:50 pm

Launch was uncertain until very last moment and then they cleared.

Got some really nice screen capture pictures of various phases during the launch.

  
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Fri Feb 25, 2011 3:24 am

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 the rest of my life. Ty NASA!!!
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Fri Feb 25, 2011 4:55 am

Godspeed, Discovery!!! This is my favorite orbiter, no clue why.

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Fri Feb 25, 2011 6:28 am

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 my life, and I prayed for the safety of the crew and for Discoveries last mission into space, I reflected a lot about its first maiden flight I think in 1985 or 1986, and how it launched Hubble and other scientific important missions of the past. Two more launches, and its over for the space shuttle program! So long STS!  
 
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Fri Feb 25, 2011 12:45 pm

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 and contributed a lot to the space industry. Without them, we probably wouldn't be where we are now in the space industry.

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RE: STS-133 Shuttle Launch - Discovery's Last

Sun Feb 27, 2011 9:27 am

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 Shuttle Launch: Viewed From an Airplane

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GE_USPTmYXM&feature=player_embedded

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