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STS-115 Photography

Thu Aug 24, 2006 5:32 am

We are looking go to go for sunday or monday or ... Smile. I know some folks are trying to "catch" the launch. Here is some relevant NASA status reports for those people which can help plan ahead. Good luck!  Smile

-----------------------STATUS REPORT: S-082206 ----------------------
NASA'S SPACE SHUTTLE PROCESSING STATUS REPORT

Mission: STS-115 - 19th International Space Station Flight (12A) -
P3/P4 Truss Segment and Solar Arrays
Vehicle: Atlantis (OV-104)
Location: Launch Pad 39B
Launch Date: Aug. 27, 2006, 4:30 p.m. EDT
Crew: Jett, Ferguson, Tanner, Burbank, MacLean and Stefanyshyn-Piper
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

At Launch Pad 39B, closeout of the orbiter's aft compartments
continues, and pressurization of the orbiter's maneuvering system,
reaction control system and main propulsion system is under way.
Stowage of flight crew equipment in the crew module is ongoing.
Payload bay preparations will resume Wednesday. Final closeouts on
the solid rocket boosters and the external fuel tank will be
completed today.

In Houston, the STS-115 crew is conducting the final ascent simulation
today. The crew will arrive at Kennedy Space Center on Thursday.

-------------------RELEASE: 53-06--------------------------------------

AIRSPACE, BRIDGES AND WATERWAY RESTRICTIONS IN EFFECT FOR STS-115

For the STS-115 launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis, NASA managers are
urging all aircraft pilots and boaters to fully comply with the
airspace, bridges and waterway restrictions imposed around Kennedy
Space Center prior to and during shuttle launches and landings.

"As always, we are coordinating with officials from the U.S. Air Force
Eastern Range, Federal Aviation Administration and the U.S. Coast
Guard to help provide a safe launch environment for the shuttle crew
and for interested spectators," said KSC Launch Director Mike
Leinbach. "Violating these restrictions is not only unsafe for the
astronauts and support crews, it's unsafe for the violator."

The first launch opportunity is Sunday, Aug. 27, with liftoff targeted
for 4:30 p.m. EDT. This launch time is approximately in the middle of
a 10-minute launch window. At NASA's request, Air Force and Coast
Guard surveillance aircraft will patrol KSC's airspace boundaries on
launch day. Violators will be intercepted by patrol forces,
thoroughly investigated and subject to FAA enforcement action. A
number of restrictions remain in effect around KSC during the hours
immediately following the launch of a space shuttle.

The following are restrictions that apply to pilots, boaters and motor
vehicle operators using the airspace, waterways, or roads and bridges
that lead to KSC.

KSC AREA AVIATION RESTRICTIONS

For the launch of Atlantis on mission STS-115, all restricted areas
surrounding KSC will be active and the area covered by flight
restrictions has once again been expanded for this launch. The length
of time the restrictions will be in effect prior to launch has also
been extended.

Due to international terrorist activities, heightened security is
essential to protect the space shuttle as a national asset. An
inadvertent unauthorized incursion into the area of the Cape
Canaveral Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) could cause a scrub in
the launch of Atlantis, the activation of airspace defenses and an
FAA enforcement action. Local pilots are asked to help NASA by
respecting these temporary but necessary restrictions so the launch
can occur on time and without incident.

The Eastern Range restricted airspace for KSC and Cape Canaveral Air
Force Station is in effect on a continuous basis and is off limits to
general aviation pilots. Access is limited to official aircraft only.
The restricted airspace normally covers the area bounded by the
Indian River to the west, Port Canaveral to the south, the city of
Oak Hill to the north, and three miles over the Atlantic Ocean to the
east.

On launch day, these restricted areas will be expanded by the TFR and
will be activated at approximately launch minus 7 hours. It will
continue in effect until approximately 20 minutes after launch, after
which the standard restricted areas for KSC and Cape Canaveral Air
Force Station will be in effect. On Aug. 27, the TFR will be
activated at 9:24 a.m. EDT. The launch is targeted to occur at 4:30
p.m. EDT. Should the launch be scrubbed during the terminal
countdown, the TFR will remain in effect until 5:54 p.m. For the next
launch attempt, pilots should check NOTAMS for the hours the TFR will
be in effect.

General aviation and VFR operations are prohibited within a
30-nautical-mile radius of Launch Pad 39-B from the surface to (but
not including) 18,000 feet (located on the Melbourne VOR/DME
004-degree radial at 30.6 nautical miles). Among the public-use
general aviation airports affected within this area are Space Coast
Regional Airport in Titusville, Arthur Dunn Airpark in Titusville,
Merritt Island Airport on Merritt Island and Massey Ranch in
Edgewater.

Within an airspace radius between 30 and 40 nautical miles of Pad
39-B, a discrete transponder code must be obtained and clearance
granted from air traffic control before entering this airspace.
Continuous radio communications must be maintained.

Before flight, pilots should contact the St. Petersburg FAA Flight
Service Station at 1-800/WxBrief (1-800/992-7433) for details of the
restrictions contained in the NOTAMS. In flight, outside Orlando
Class B airspace, pilots should contact Orlando Approach control on
134.95. In the Melbourne area, contact Orlando Approach control on
132.65. In the New Smyrna Beach area, contact Orlando Approach
control on 125.35. Flight Service can also be reached locally by
radio on the Titusville RCO at 123.6 or the Melbourne RCO on 122.6.
Advisories will also be available from the control tower at Space
Coast Regional Airport in Titusville at 118.9 megahertz.

Among the public-use airports affected within the 30- to
40-nautical-mile radius in which flight is permitted but under
positive air traffic control are Orlando International Airport,
Orlando Executive Airport, Orlando-Sanford International Airport, the
New Smyrna Beach Municipal Airport, Melbourne International Airport
and Valkaria airport. Pilots are encouraged to consult the most
recent FAA aeronautical chart for Orlando Class B airspace dated Feb.
16.

BRIDGES AND ACCESS HIGHWAYS CONTROLLED FOR LAUNCH

The opening and closing of bridges over waterways surrounding KSC will
be strictly controlled during the hours immediately before and after
the launch period for each space shuttle mission.

Bridges affected by the launch include:

* Port Canaveral Barge Canal (State Road 401);

* Indian River/NASA Causeway West (Intracoastal Waterway);

* Merritt Island Barge Canal (Merritt Island State Road 3);

* Haulover Canal Bridge (State Road 3, north of KSC).

Restraints on bridge openings for boat traffic begin three hours
before launch. The bridges may be opened for five minutes at the
following points in the launch countdown: T-180 minutes, T-150
minutes, T-120 minutes, T-90 minutes and T-65 minutes. Adding 20
minutes to these times and subtracting that amount from the opening
of the launch window (4:24 p.m.) will result in an approximate time
of openings.

Bridges will remain closed to boat traffic until 90 minutes after
liftoff (T+90). They may then open for five minutes at T+90, T+120
minutes and T+150 minutes. Bridge operations will return to normal
three hours after launch (T+180 minutes).

Should the shuttle be required to perform a return-to-launch-site
landing at KSC, all bridges would remain closed to boat traffic from
45 minutes before landing until at least one hour after landing.

State Road 3 from the Gate 2 Pass and Identification Building to State
Road 405 (NASA Causeway) via Space Commerce Way will be closed on
launch day, Aug. 27, beginning at 8:30 a.m. NASA Causeway between the
KSC Visitor Complex and the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame will also be
closed starting at that time. Only badged employees and guests with
passes will be permitted access. These roads will reopen
approximately two hours after launch.

On the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge, State Road 406 and County Road
402 leading to Titusville, as well as State Road 3 south of the
Haulover Canal bridge, will close at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 23,
and reopen approximately two hours after launch.

KSC AREA BOATING RESTRICTIONS

Waterways and boating near KSC will be strictly controlled prior to
and during the launch of Atlantis on STS-115.

Safety and security requirements, including Air Force range safety
impact limit lines, will go into effect as early as three days before
launch. Other requirements will be phased into effect through sunset
the night before launch. A general description of the area follows:

ATLANTIC OCEAN: Beginning on L-3 days (Thursday, Aug. 24, at 8 a.m.)
and continuing through launch, a general exclusion zone will be in
effect three miles offshore from the Haulover Canal, near the north
end of KSC, and southward to Port Canaveral. Four hours prior to
launch, all ocean-going traffic will be restricted from entering an
area measured from nine miles north and south of the launch pad and
extending 64 miles east into the ocean. An additional three-mile-wide
exclusion zone will be extended eastward along the flight path of the
space shuttle.

INDIAN RIVER: Restrictions apply from the NASA Causeway north to the
Haulover Canal and east of the Indian River's main channel.
Restrictions begin on L-3 days (Aug. 24).

MOSQUITO LAGOON: This area south of the Haulover Canal in the Mosquito
Lagoon is off limits to all boats beginning the day before launch
(L-1 day).

BANANA RIVER: Security limits begin at the Banana River Barge Canal
south of KSC at the State Road 528 crossing and extend north. This
restriction is effective 16 hours prior to launch.

All boating restrictions will be lifted approximately one hour after
launch.

Boating interests should monitor Coast Guard Channel 16 broadcasting
from Port Canaveral. The Coast Guard, the Fish and Wildlife Service,
and KSC security forces share responsibility for enforcing the
boating guidelines.
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RE: STS-115 Photography

Thu Aug 24, 2006 6:47 am

Great information Suresh cheers.
I was always interested in shuttle launches but never understood why it takes so long to get the show back on the road when a launch gets cancelled if you can assist in this quick question it would be appreciated.
Cheers
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Thu Aug 24, 2006 7:13 am

Excellent news, I look forward to seeing some pictures from this one! I'm a quiet lover of Space Travel, it amazes me everytime! I'll never forget my STS-77 launch in 1996!  Smile

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Thu Aug 24, 2006 7:54 am

I'm hoping to make it out as well, lived here all my live and haven't gone to the coast for a launch!  sigh 
 
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RE: STS-115 Photography

Thu Aug 24, 2006 7:55 am

Quoting JumboJim747 (Reply 1):
Great information Suresh cheers.
I was always interested in shuttle launches but never understood why it takes so long to get the show back on the road when a launch gets cancelled if you can assist in this quick question it would be appreciated.
Cheers

Glad this stuff helps.

To answer your question, it depends principally on the reason for the scrub. Sometimes it is simple issues otherwise it can take weeks i.e. fuel sensor issue on ST-114 last year.

Once a non technical scrub happens (e.g. weather- the launch criteria is pretty strict for lightning,clouds etc in the approx. 30 miles radius, or an errant boater in the safety zone, errant GA pilot etc). The next launch window comes into play. Could be the next day or anything after. The fuel tank needs to be drained and refueled. Sometimes a half de-tanking happens. But there a series of safety proceedures that kick on all systems. If any one of these is out of spec, then the techical and flight team need to evaluate and overide or fix it.

Also, launches can be very work intensive in terms of support staff. Back up landing sites in Spain and North Africa have to staffed and the weather needs to be good there. If the Orbiter can't make orbit and she is beyond returning to KSC, she will land in Spain or North Africa (i think it is Morocco (sp?))

So a lot of things come into play. A proceedure of 3 days ON with a stand down day followed by another 2 day ON sequence kicks in if a sequential window of multiple days exists (i.e. 2 weeks of consecutive launch windows)
Some of this has to do with making sure support staff get rest. Flying the shuttle calls upon alot of work which involves 24 hour work by the staff.

Hope this makes sense.
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Thu Aug 24, 2006 8:06 am

Quoting Eksath (Reply 4):
Hope this makes sense.

Are you kidding me ?
That makes a hell of a lot of seance and i really appreciate you taking the time for such a detailed response to my question.
I really appreciate it thank you.
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Fri Aug 25, 2006 12:52 am

I myself am looking forward to seeing some typically killer shots, especially from the new 600mm monster

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Fri Aug 25, 2006 4:54 am

Guys...

THE COUNTDOWN HAS STARTED!  Smile

Here is the official sequence of events. Hope this helps.



COUNTDOWN MILESTONES
*all times are Eastern

Launch-3 Days (Thursday, Aug. 24)

Prepare for the start of the STS-115 launch countdown
Perform the call to stations (11:30 a.m.)
Countdown begins at the T-43 hour mark (noon)
Begin final vehicle and facility closeouts for launch
Check out backup flight systems
Review flight software stored in mass memory units and display systems

Load backup flight system software into Atlantis' general purpose
computers
Remove flight-deck platforms (8:30 p.m.)
Complete preparation to load power reactant storage and distribution
system (11 p.m.)

Launch-2 Days (Friday, Aug. 25)

Activate and test navigational systems (1 a.m.)
Flight deck preliminary inspections complete (4 a.m.)

Enter first built-in hold at T-27 hours for duration of 4 hours (4
a.m.)

Clear launch pad of all non-essential personnel
Perform test of the vehicle's pyrotechnic initiator controllers

Resume countdown (8 a.m.)

Begin operations to load cryogenic reactants into Atlantis' fuel cell
storage tanks (8 a.m.)

Enter 10-hour built-in hold at T-19 hours (4 p.m.)

Demate orbiter mid-body umbilical unit (4:30 p.m.)
Resume orbiter and ground support equipment closeouts

Launch-1 Day (Saturday, Aug. 26)

Resume countdown (2 a.m.)

Final preparations of the shuttle's three main engines for main
propellant tanking (2 a.m.)
Begin filling pad sound suppression system water tank (4 a.m.)
Pad sound suppression system water tank filling complete (7 a.m.)
Close out the tail service masts on the mobile launcher platform
Begin star tracker functional checks (9:50 a.m.)

Enter planned hold at T-11 hours for 13 hours, 34 minutes (10 a.m.)

Activate orbiter's inertial measurement units
Activate the orbiter's communications systems
Install film in numerous cameras on the launch pad (10:55 a.m.)
Flight crew equipment late stow (3:10 p.m.)
Move Rotating Service Structure to the park position (7 p.m.)
Perform ascent switch list
Fuel cell flow-through purge complete

Resume countdown at T-11 hours (11:34 p.m.)

Launch Day (Sunday, Aug. 27)

Activate the orbiter's fuel cells (12:45 a.m.)
Clear the blast danger area of all non-essential personnel
Switch Atlantis' purge air to gaseous nitrogen (1:20 a.m.)

Enter planned 2-hour built-in hold at the T-6 hour mark (4:34 a.m.)

Launch team verifies no violations of launch commit criteria prior to
cryogenic loading of the external tank
Clear pad of all personnel

Resume countdown (6:34 a.m.)

Chilldown of propellant transfer lines (6:34 a.m.)
Begin loading the external tank with about 500,000 gallons of
cryogenic propellants (about 6:44 a.m.)
Complete filling the external tank with its flight load of liquid
hydrogen and liquid oxygen propellants (about 9:34 a.m.)
Final Inspection Team proceeds to launch pad

Enter planned 3-hour built-in hold at T-3 hours (9:34 a.m.)

Perform inertial measurement unit preflight calibration
Align Merritt Island Launch Area tracking antennas
Perform open loop test with Eastern Range

Resume countdown at T-3 hours (12:34 p.m.)

Crew departs Operations and Checkout Building for the pad (12:40 p.m.)

Complete closeout preparations in the White Room
Check cockpit switch configurations
Flight crew begins entry into the orbiter (about 1:10 p.m.)
Astronauts perform air-to-ground voice checks with Launch and Mission
Control
Begin to close Atlantis' crew hatch (about 2 p.m.)
Begin Eastern Range final network open loop command checks
Perform hatch seal and cabin leak checks
Complete White Room closeout
Closeout crew moves to fallback area
Primary ascent guidance data is transferred to the backup flight
system

Enter planned 10-minute hold at T-20 minutes (3:14 p.m.)

NASA test director conducts final launch team briefings
Complete inertial measurement unit preflight alignments

Resume countdown at T-20 minutes (3:24 p.m.)

Transition the orbiter's onboard computers to launch configuration
Start fuel cell thermal conditioning
Close orbiter cabin vent valves
Transition backup flight system to launch configuration

Enter estimated 40-minute hold at T-9 minutes (3:35 p.m.)

Launch director, Mission Management Team and NASA test director
conduct final polls for "go/no go" to launch

Resume countdown at T-9 minutes (about 4:21 p.m.)

Start automatic ground launch sequencer (T-9 minutes)
Retract orbiter crew access arm (T-7:30)
Start mission recorders (T-6:15)
Start Auxiliary Power Units (T-5)
Arm solid rocket booster and external tank range safety safe and arm
devices (T-5)
Start liquid oxygen drainback (T-4:55)
Start orbiter aerosurface profile test (T-3:55)
Start main engine gimbal profile test (T-3:30)
Pressurize liquid oxygen tank (T-2:55)
Begin retraction of the gaseous oxygen vent arm (T-2:55)
Fuel cells to internal reactants (T-2:35)
Pressurize liquid hydrogen tank (T-1:57)
Deactivate bi-pod heaters (T-1:52)
Deactivate solid rocket booster joint heaters (T-1)
Orbiter transfers from ground to internal power (T-0:50 seconds)
Ground Launch Sequencer go for auto sequence start (T-0:31 seconds)
Booster gimbal profile (T-0:21 seconds)
Ignition of three space shuttle main engines (T-6.6 seconds)
Booster ignition and liftoff (T-0)

CREW FOR MISSION STS-115
Commander: Brent Jett
Pilot: Chris Ferguson
Payload Commander (MS1): Joe Tanner
Mission Specialist (MS2): Dan Burbank
Mission Specialist (MS3): Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper
Mission Specialist (MS4): Steve MacLean

SUMMARY OF STS-115 LAUNCH DAY CREW ACTIVITIES

Sunday, Aug. 27
6:30 a.m. -- Crew wakes up
7 a.m. -- Breakfast
*10:55 a.m. -- Television coverage from crew quarters
Noon -- Weather briefing
*12:10 p.m. -- Don flight suits
*12:40 p.m. -- Depart for launch pad
*1:10 p.m. -- Arrive at White Room and begin ingress
*2:25 p.m.-- Close crew hatch
*4:30 p.m. -- Launch
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Sat Aug 26, 2006 5:39 am

When is this baby due back???

Im gonna come out to Orlando maybe in a few days and im gonna book my tkt to try and coincide with seeing this one! Ive always wanted to see it!

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Sat Aug 26, 2006 7:29 am

Quoting Chris78cpr (Reply 8):
When is this baby due back???

If it launches on 8/27 then return is on 9/7 at 1204H (landing at KSC). This is the current estimate. A day may get added depending on operational conditions and the alternate is Edwards AFB.
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Sun Aug 27, 2006 6:08 am

Hey guys,

Yesterday's lightning strike on the pad seems to be worse than expected. We are no go for rollback of structure hence the countdown is stopped. Partial transcprit is below:

Photography wise...Monday at 4:04pm will be the next attempt if everything is up to spec.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 26, 2006
1923 GMT (3:23 p.m. EDT)

Technicians performing launch pad inspections this morning reported smelling a charred odor near the liquid hydrogen vent arm that extends from the service tower to the backside of the external tank. Engineers will be inspecting all of the wiring and circuitry to verify the pyrotechnics that fire at liftoff to separate the arm from the shuttle weren't harmed in the lightning strike.

1920 GMT (3:20 p.m. EDT)

In addition to the data reviews, engineers will be looking at one of Atlantis' power buses that had a voltage shift during the lightning strike and the various orbiter systems that feed off that power bus.

1910 GMT (3:10 p.m. EDT)

Yesterday's lightning strike appears to be the most powerful to ever hit a space shuttle launch pad. Mission managers opted to delay launch of Atlantis until no earlier than Monday so engineers could continue gathering data about the health of shuttle and ground systems -- from electronics to pyrotecnics -- and ensure all equipment survived the lightning event without damage.

Engineers have noted a couple of indications of the strike on one of the shuttle's power bus systems and on the launch pad hydrogen vent arm. But thus far they don't have enough information yet to know if there are any problems.

The mission management team will meet at 10 a.m. Sunday to review the progress of the engineering work.
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Sun Aug 27, 2006 9:12 am

Hi All,

Quoting Eksath (Reply 4):
Back up landing sites in Spain and North Africa have to staffed and the weather needs to be good there

Lajes AB in Azores is also one of the qualified runways for STS missions, altough it is only for emergengy landings. And there are more, here is the complete listing.

http://www.globalsecurity.org/space/facility/sts-els.htm

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Sun Aug 27, 2006 12:49 pm

Quoting Fleitao (Reply 11):
ajes AB in Azores is also one of the qualified runways for STS missions, altough it is only for emergengy landings. And there are more, here is the complete listing.

Given the 51.6 degree inclination launch angle to make the ISS orbit, the following are the abort sites for STS-115.

Return-to-launch site (RTLS)
Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Facility
TransAtlantic abort landing (TAL)
Primary – Zaragoza (Spain);
alternates Moron (Spain) and Istres (France)
Abort-to-orbit (ATO)

Upon return
Landing
Primary – Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Facility;
alternate White Sands Space Harbor (Texas)
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Sun Aug 27, 2006 11:46 pm

Heads up. This candle is not going to be lit till tuesday..maybe. Smile

Hurrican Ernesto may cause the rollback to VAB if tuesday or wednesday launch is not made.

here is the statement:

Atlantis won't launch until at least Tuesday.

NASA decided sometime overnight to expand its postponement from 24 to 48 hours to allow more time for evaluation of potential damage from a lightning strike at the pad on Friday.

That means Atlantis is now reset for launch no earlier than 3:36 p.m. on Tuesday. The countdown remains in a hold at T-minus 11 hours.
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Mon Aug 28, 2006 6:27 am

Great info Suresh!
Thanks for keeping us posted. Hopefully it will go up before Hurricane Ernesto passes!
 
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Mon Aug 28, 2006 6:28 am

It's cool having our very own rocket scientist keeping us posted on things! Thanks for the info Suresh!
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Mon Aug 28, 2006 10:57 pm

Thanks guys for the feedback. It is great for the ego  

Sorry,guys...forget about shooting STS 115 launch shots..for now..
This candle is not going to be lit anytime soon.

Lightning strike on friday pushed back launch and now Ernesto.
The problem is winds speeds > 45MPH requires that the Stack be inside the VAB. The move from the pad to the VAB takes about 6-8 hours from first motion. So while there is the possibility of a launch tomorrow, a scrub will make it precarious in getting in back to the VAB before the strom hits on wednesday.

Workers are working on getting it back to the VAB now. First motion is currently set for tuesday 1315 H EST. The plan is to get it back out on Friday. Spend 8 days getting it ready to launch and make the end of the window. But, this is cutting it very very close....

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/storm_graphics/AT05/refresh/AL0506W+gif/115600W_sm.gif

[Edited 2006-08-28 16:03:22]
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Wed Aug 30, 2006 4:10 am

This is unprecendented! The crawler is heading BACK to the pad...the return of Atlantis to the VAB was stopped! We are reversing (well, the crawler can travel forward in both ways)! 7 days approx. to launch if this gamble works! I guess the Russians refused to give up the end of the window!

This decision definitely is quite bold.....this could make or break the program!

I hate to see the end of the STS program because a freakng hurricane wiped out an orbiter on the pad. We are rolling the dice against Mother Nature this time.

here is the live webcam shots. You can clearly see the Stack on the crawler. it moves quite slow (1 MPH). This picture will switch to another view once the Stack is out of the picture. It should be about 5 hours to get back to the pad (est)

http://science.ksc.nasa.gov/shuttle/countdown/video/chan2large.jpg


http://science.ksc.nasa.gov/shuttle/countdown/video/chan3large.jpg

[Edited 2006-08-29 21:25:17]

[Edited 2006-08-29 21:27:53]
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Fri Sep 01, 2006 10:18 pm

The info Below is from the NASA Shuttle site.

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

New Launch Date Set for STS-115
As launch preparations resumed at NASA's Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39B on Thursday, mission managers set Sept. 6 as the new date for the launch of Atlantis on Mission STS-115 to the International Space Station. Liftoff time would be 12:29 p.m. EDT.

It would appear that Atlantis is going up after all!
 
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Sat Sep 02, 2006 10:46 am

Ok..here is the tentative schedule of events... Smile

STS-115 BRIEFING & EVENTS SCHEDULE
(All time are Eastern)

All briefings are held inside the Kennedy Press Site auditorium and
will be carried live on NASA TV unless otherwise noted. Questions
will only be taken from media at Kennedy.

L-4 Days - Saturday, Sept. 2

10:30 a.m. - STS-115 crew arrival at Shuttle Landing Facility

L-3 Days - Sunday, Sept. 3

8 a.m. - Launch countdown officially begins (Not on NASA TV)

L-2 Days - Monday, Sept. 4

10 a.m. - Countdown Status Briefing
- Jeff Spaulding, NASA test director
- Robbie Ashley, STS-115 payload manager
- Kathy Winters, shuttle weather officer

4 p.m. (No Earlier Than) - STS-115 Launch Readiness News Conference
- LeRoy Cain, launch integration manager; Space Shuttle Program
- Mike Leinbach, NASA launch director
- U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Kaleb Nordgren, 45th Weather Squadron

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Wed Sep 06, 2006 6:55 am

ok. the ball is rolling. the orbiter rollback just took plance. I will upload thosse pics soon. In the meantime, here is the launch clock homding at t-11:00Hrs.

he famous clock. Pad 39 A is behind the flag (the shuttle is on Pad 39B).
http://www.iloveplanets.com/STS115/Snapshot%202006-09-05%2004-08-58.jpg

the famous VAB building which is the hanger for the shuttle
http://www.iloveplanets.com/STS115/Snapshot%202006-09-05%2004-12-16.jpg

pad 39B with the shuttle is on the left and pad 39A is on right with clock and flag.
http://www.iloveplanets.com/STS115/Snapshot%202006-09-05%2004-17-13.jpg
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Wed Sep 06, 2006 6:59 am

Just out of interest, why is the flag at half mast? Sept 11?
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Wed Sep 06, 2006 12:24 pm

Quoting Airplanepics (Reply 21):
Just out of interest, why is the flag at half mast? Sept 11?

nope. NASA employee.
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Wed Sep 06, 2006 2:08 pm

Thanks again for keeping us posted! I have my fingers crossed for a successful launch. All prepared to skip class tomorrow  Wink
 
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Wed Sep 06, 2006 6:31 pm

 headache  better safe than sorry

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Wed Sep 06, 2006 6:58 pm

Wonder what else can happen? Ya know, I had a car that got struck, and I had to change all of the relays and fuses...

Bit of trivia, did you know that the Endeavor has a diffrernt thrust structure than the earlier orbiters? On the older ones beams of titanium are bonded together, while OV-105 was milled from a solid billet of titanium.

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Wed Sep 06, 2006 9:22 pm

Here is more. i took these last evening. we scrubbed today because of a voltage spike in fuel cell #1. hopefully we make the rest of the window. 2 days to go. 2 small windows on thursday and friday afternoon. Not looking good.





http://www.iloveplanets.com/STS115/Snapshot%202006-09-05%2019-51-13.jpg



http://www.iloveplanets.com/STS115/Snapshot%202006-09-05%2020-03-01.jpg
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Thu Sep 07, 2006 3:04 am

Breaking news. Mission is on hold. Rollback of the Stack into VAB is being planned right now. The fuel cell problem seems more problematic that swapping. There goes the current window. I guess late Sept/October is the next attempt
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Thu Sep 07, 2006 8:27 am

Quoting Eksath (Reply 27):
Breaking news. Mission is on hold. Rollback of the Stack into VAB is being planned right now. The fuel cell problem seems more problematic that swapping. There goes the current window. I guess late Sept/October is the next attempt

Suresh,

I was in FL last week, had tickets for the visitor's centre viewing site, and was thoroughly upset about not seeing a launch.. ONE of those things on my lifetime goal list..

When I took the Max-Access tour on Monday, the tour guide was fantastic. I pulled him aside, and spoke privately about the mission, and how it was looking etc, and he said that if you can imagine a fan like myself, and how I feel.. imagine how the workers who work with it day in and day out feel. Put it into perspective for me.

Thanks for the update -- it's better to be safe, than sorry.

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Thu Sep 07, 2006 10:09 am

thanks for the info and updates Suresh...i wouldn't go anywhere in that thing for all the money in the world!
 
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Thu Sep 07, 2006 1:48 pm

Quoting QANTAS077 (Reply 29):
thanks for the info and updates Suresh

Same here mate thanks a lot for the info.

Quoting QANTAS077 (Reply 29):
...i wouldn't go anywhere in that thing for all the money in the world!

Why not.?
I would go and for nothing i would even pay if its possible . Smile
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Thu Sep 07, 2006 10:02 pm

thanks guys.


here is more.

I took this on thursday as sunset approached. we are in a mission hold. The go-no go decision will be made tonight.

Orbiter sits on Pad 39B


Sunset shot
http://www.iloveplanets.com/STS115/Snapshot%202006-09-06%2020-26-03.jpg



this one is a little bit different. As i got ready at 4am to go in, i could help notice how good the Mercury/Redstone rocket that was on display in our parking lot. So i took a couple of shots there. The stuff on the ground is my equipment. i was hoping to get some star trails in the picture but I didnt have enough time to plan the shot. yeah..I see the lens falre. I will loose that on my next attempt  Smile

http://www.iloveplanets.com/STS115/Snapshot%202006-09-06%2020-37-13.jpg
tried the same thing with my car lights on.
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Fri Sep 08, 2006 3:30 am

someones stolen your registration plate
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Fri Sep 08, 2006 6:44 am

Quoting Gary2880 (Reply 32):
someones stolen your registration plate

Good eyes but it is not stolen. Florida does not require a front plate. I just have BMW M logo there.  Smile

A guy in my car club (www.bimmerfest.com) created this today after seeing the above picture. Thought it was an interesting take...

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Breaking news:

2201 GMT (6:01 p.m. EDT)

Shuttle program manager Wayne Hale says "cloud over fuel cell No. 1" has lifted and the device should be safe to launch as-is without repairs. But that decision was not fully unanimous. A final piece of analysis will be reviewed at the next management team meeting prior to fueling overnight.

2139 GMT (5:39 p.m. EDT)

GO FOR LAUNCH. Space shuttle Atlantis has been given approval to proceed toward launch Friday morning at 11:41 a.m.
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Fri Sep 08, 2006 10:50 pm

ok..the hatch is closed...

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Fri Sep 08, 2006 11:38 pm

mission management team is still briefing on the failed ET sensor.

Sensor failure should result in a scrub. They may decide to keep going however.

Should have answer soon.

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Sat Sep 09, 2006 12:10 am

Quoting Eksath (Reply 35):

one of your nicest.

getting pleanty of chances to photograph it this time anyway!
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Sat Sep 09, 2006 1:23 am

Quoting Gary2880 (Reply 37):
one of your nicest.

NOA_Level??  Big grin
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Enjoy guys..more will follow..
I used a 600mm with a 2x converter for this. I just did a screen grab for this upload here. hence the sensor dust and low res.  Smile

lift off
http://www.iloveplanets.com/STS115/Snapshot%202006-09-08%2011-46-56.jpg
Roll sequence starts

Booster seperation

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Sun Sep 10, 2006 1:29 am

Absolutely fantastic images Suresh, thank you! Big grin

I watched on Fox News the launch and was absolutely extatic to see there were no hitches and that everything so far is good.

Space launches get me soo excited! Fond childhood memories come flooding back! I would love to see another one someday soon, so I envy you Suresh!  Wink

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Sun Sep 10, 2006 6:35 am

Quoting Jkw777 (Reply 40):
Absolutely fantastic images Suresh, thank you!

 checkmark   checkmark   checkmark 

... and I have already problems with fast aircraft  Smile and for Suresh photographing a spacecraft seems so easy...

Quoting Eksath (Reply 39):
I used a 600mm with a 2x converter for this.

that combo reminds me of the Saturn V

Thanks again for sharing, it is like sitting in the front row! I keep dreaming to be there, to watch it from "close-by"...

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Sun Sep 10, 2006 7:59 am

How high was the Shuttle by the time the Booster Separation took place?
I am guessing it was somewhere in the Stratosphere over the 100,000' mark.

Also, Bravo with those awesome pictures!! I love em. Finally someone involved with NASA in our aviation community to give us some heads up with what is happening over there. I also won't forget that pict of the beauty pagent.

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Sun Sep 10, 2006 9:26 am

Great work Atapattu!! Thanks for sharing your valuable photos and the time spent.

Quoting Eksath (Reply 39):
I just did a screen grab for this upload here

A quick question: Do you mean you took a printscreen of the visible area of your photo?

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Sun Sep 10, 2006 10:21 am

Thanks guys...Am glad to share it with you. I obviously have more and will upoad as i get time to process them. I probably shot 2-300 hundred views of the shuttle over the last few days/  

Quoting BO__einG (Reply 42):
How high was the Shuttle by the time the Booster Separation took place?
I am guessing it was somewhere in the Stratosphere over the 100,000' mark.

According to actual data packet from the STS-115 downlink:
SRB seperation was at T+2:05 minutes.
155,952 feet altitude (29.5 stature miles)
2,980 miles per hour.

Quoting BO__einG (Reply 42):
Also, Bravo with those awesome pictures!! I love em. Finally someone involved with NASA in our aviation community to give us some heads up with what is happening over there. I also won't forget that pict of the beauty pagent.

you mean this? another type of heavenly body besides the Orbiters? 

http://www.airliners.net/uf/view.fil...5538&filename=1153011771TRzNy4.jpg


Quoting VasanthD (Reply 43):
A quick question: Do you mean you took a printscreen of the visible area of your photo?

I use a Powerbook to store pictures when i am away from my desk so I used Apple's Preview program to open the image at a certain acceptable screen size and then obtain screenshots using the "screen grab" tool. It is quite nice and user friendly. I have been too cheap to by PS for Mac since i already bought it for my PC.   . I have wireless access at the launch site so i uploaded the shots directly from there hence i needed a quick,easy solution.

[Edited 2006-09-10 03:23:27]
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Sun Sep 10, 2006 4:01 pm

Wow Suresh,
Awesome info!
Despite how close I was in Daytona, I wasn't able to make it out to see the launch, but I look very forward to seeing your shots! (Probably cooler than any other shots of the launch that I'll ever see) And thanks for sharing the photos and info that you have already posted - so cool to hear this from someone who actually gets to make all of this happen. I guess the next launch is scheduled for December? Looking forward to then!
 
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Sun Sep 10, 2006 9:33 pm

Ok..guys...here is the launch sequence as i shot it..About 1/3 of th eway into the Roll sequence, the bird disappeared into a cloud. So here is my shot sequence from water nozzles on to 1/3 of roll seq. Enjoy. Again, these are all screen grabs so the quality is low.

http://www.iloveplanets.com/STS115/Snapshot%202006-09-09%2006-51-46.jpg

http://www.iloveplanets.com/STS115/Snapshot%202006-09-09%2006-56-43.jpg
http://www.iloveplanets.com/STS115/Snapshot%202006-09-09%2007-02-19.jpg
http://www.iloveplanets.com/STS115/Snapshot%202006-09-09%2007-03-57.jpg
http://www.iloveplanets.com/STS115/Snapshot%202006-09-09%2007-08-22.jpg
http://www.iloveplanets.com/STS115/Snapshot%202006-09-09%2007-10-25.jpg
http://www.iloveplanets.com/STS115/Snapshot%202006-09-09%2007-13-27.jpg
http://www.iloveplanets.com/STS115/Snapshot%202006-09-09%2007-14-53.jpg
http://www.iloveplanets.com/STS115/Snapshot%202006-09-09%2007-16-44.jpg
http://www.iloveplanets.com/STS115/Snapshot%202006-09-09%2007-19-12.jpg





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Sun Sep 10, 2006 11:54 pm

Thank you so much for sharing those. It must be amazing to witness up close. The only time I have seen the shuttle was about 18 years ago from the back yard of my cousins house in Stuart, FL you could just barely make it out.

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Wed Sep 13, 2006 9:51 pm

Ok..first one in database. Thank you screeners for the quicker queue these days and the hard work.


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