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Donger
04-20-2011, 11:05 AM
http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/generic/story_channel.jsp?channel=space&id=news/asd/2011/04/20/12.xml&headline=NASA%20Clears%20Final%20Endeavour%20Flight

HOUSTON ó Shuttle Endeavourís final flight ó the STS-134 mission to equip the International Space Station with the $2 billion Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) and stage external spare parts ó is now formally set for an April 29 liftoff following a Flight Readiness Review at Kennedy Space Center on April 19.

Endeavourís launch from Kennedyís Launch Pad 39A is set for 3:47 p.m. EDT. The demanding mission, which will include four spacewalks, is set for a baseline duration of 14 days, but the shuttleís Mission Management Team will consider a pair of one-day extensions once Endeavourís six astronauts are docked to the station. At 14 days, Endeavour would touch down at Kennedyís Shuttle Landing Facility on May 13 at 9:28 a.m. EDT, completing her 25th mission since 1992.

Plans for a complex photo shoot of the winged orbiter while it is docked to the station have been taken off the STS-134 flight plan. The space station portrait, initially planned for Discoveryís STS-133 mission in March, could be rescheduled for the final shuttle mission, STS-135. The photography would be carried out by three camera-toting cosmonauts and astronauts seated in a Soyuz during a brief undocking, fly around and redocking with the station.

STS-135, a 12-day station supply flight aboard Atlantis that will be the last space shuttle mission, is tentatively set for a June 28 launch.

Veteran shuttle commander Mark Kelly leads Endeavourís six-member U.S. and European crew. Italian astronaut Roberto Vittori is the final European Space Agency shuttle crewmember. In all, European astronauts have participated in 26 flights aboard the winged orbiters, dating back to 1981.

Endeavourís primary payload is the 15,200-lb. AMS, a particle detector under development for 16 years by the U.S. Energy Department and experts from 15 other nations. The detector will be mounted on the third segment of the stationís starboard solar power truss for studies of cosmic rays, dark matter and primordial antimatter. Scientists expect their observations over the next decade will better characterize the sub-atomic nature of the cosmic fabric.

Endeavour also will deliver the Express Logistics Module-3, an external platform with spare communications antennas, thermal control system coolant and replacement parts for Canadaís Dextre robotic hand.

Four spacewalks

The shuttle astronauts plan four spacewalks to retrieve and install external science experiments, route backup electrical power from the U.S. to the Russian segment of the outpost, and lubricate the stationís port-side Solar Alpha Rotary Joint.

Endeavourís crew also plans to demonstrate the autonomous rendezvous and docking sensors developed by the NASA/Lockheed Martin-led Orion team in an exercise called the Sensor Test for Orion Relative Navigation Risk Mitigation (Storrm). The flash lidar and high-definition camera sensors will shadow Endeavourís initial station rendezvous activities to permit the first inflight calibrations.

After undocking, Endeavourís crew will carry out a traditional fly-around of the station before activating the Storrm sensors. The shuttle astronauts will separate to a distance of 28,000 ft. and initiate a second rendezvous that will bring Endeavour to a distance of just more than 1,000 ft. below the orbiting laboratory and 300 ft. behind.

Kellyís wife, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), who was gravely wounded during a shooting spree at a Tucson political event in early January, is recovering at the Texas Medical Center in Houston. Giffordsí staff is making plans for the lawmaker to attend Endeavourís launch.

MIAdragon
04-20-2011, 11:33 AM
I'll be there if anyone wants to have a beer or two before the launch.

BigMeatballDave
04-20-2011, 11:53 AM
Fuck NASA!

Dave Lane
04-20-2011, 11:54 AM
**** NASA!

Brilliant post.

mlyonsd
04-20-2011, 11:55 AM
I feel really stupid I never made arrangements to go see one take off. My daughter can see them from her back yard on a nice day.

BigMeatballDave
04-20-2011, 11:59 AM
Brilliant post.:thumb:


My disdain is of a recent and personal nature.

Endeavour was supposed to be placed on display at the Air Force museum here at Wright-Patterson AFB.

Instead, some fucking Science center in LA gets it.

Alton deFlat
04-20-2011, 12:25 PM
I'll be there to see the launch. We have our tickets, and can't wait. We're being picked up in Orlando at about 5 a.m., next Friday morning, to go to the causeway.

I've followed the space program since the early days of Apollo, and have always wanted to see a launch. I have visited KSC several times. Last time I was there, Columbia was sitting on the launch pad, prior to it's last flight. I have also been on a behind the scenes tour of NASA in Houston, with a group of college students a few years ago. Got to see the underwater training facility, and got to go inside Mission Control Center.

mlyonsd
04-20-2011, 01:15 PM
I'll be there to see the launch. We have our tickets, and can't wait. We're being picked up in Orlando at about 5 a.m., next Friday morning, to go to the causeway.

I've followed the space program since the early days of Apollo, and have always wanted to see a launch. I have visited KSC several times. Last time I was there, Columbia was sitting on the launch pad, prior to it's last flight. I have also been on a behind the scenes tour of NASA in Houston, with a group of college students a few years ago. Got to see the underwater training facility, and got to go inside Mission Control Center.Glad it worked out.

Alton deFlat
04-20-2011, 01:21 PM
Glad it worked out.

Yea, me too. Had to shell out some extra bucks to change our reservations, but it'll be worth it.

Thanks!

Alton deFlat
04-20-2011, 02:17 PM
Apparently, Obama has announced he will attend the launch. That'll make things a little crazier around there.

Donger
04-20-2011, 02:19 PM
Apparently, Obama has announced he will attend the launch. That'll make things a little crazier around there.

Will he be wearing a nice "Go Soyuz!" patch on his flight jacket?

Alton deFlat
04-20-2011, 03:12 PM
Will he be wearing a nice "Go Soyuz!" patch on his flight jacket?

IDK, I'll let you know. ;):hmmm:

MIAdragon
04-20-2011, 07:37 PM
Apparently, Obama has announced he will attend the launch. That'll make things a little crazier around there.

JFC. :banghead:

Marcellus
04-20-2011, 09:25 PM
I have watched a shuttle launch, very badass.


An end to time for those of us that remember the first and will see the last shuttle launch. (not necessarily in person).

Donger
04-26-2011, 10:27 AM
The crew has arrived at KSC and the weather is looking very good for Friday's launch. Sounds like Commander Kelly's wife will be attending in person, too. That's awesome.

Alton deFlat
04-26-2011, 11:57 AM
The crew has arrived at KSC and the weather is looking very good for Friday's launch. Sounds like Commander Kelly's wife will be attending in person, too. That's awesome.

I leave Thursday afternoon, and can't wait. I've been avoiding any packing, as not to jinx it. You're right, the weather looks good.

mlyonsd
04-26-2011, 12:42 PM
I have watched a shuttle launch, very badass.


An end to time for those of us that remember the first and will see the last shuttle launch. (not necessarily in person).

I skipped my morning college classes to watch Columbia's first launch.

mikey23545
04-26-2011, 01:34 PM
I watched Apollo 11 lift off from my backyard... :)

Alton deFlat
04-27-2011, 11:38 AM
Hopefully, I get some good pictures of the launch. I don't have a real good digital camera, that has much of a zoom, but we do have a nice SLR that has several good lenses.

Donger
04-29-2011, 07:39 AM
Mom giving Endeavour a light show before her last launch:

http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/541035main_image_1932_946-710.jpg

Donger
04-29-2011, 09:17 AM
T-4:30 and counting.

NASA TV live stream here: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html

mlyonsd
04-29-2011, 10:34 AM
Flight scrubbed for 24 hours due to a mechanical problem.

Hope that doesn't screw up Alton.

Donger
04-29-2011, 11:01 AM
Flight scrubbed for 24 hours due to a mechanical problem.

Hope that doesn't screw up Alton.

Oh well. Next earliest launch window is Sunday (May 1) at 2:59 p.m. EDT

Alton deFlat
05-05-2011, 08:20 AM
Dangit! Yea, it screwed me up. The bus picked us up as scheduled, and took us to Kennedy Space Center. The weather was kinda cloudy, and there was an occasional shower. I really thought that might cause a delay. The clouds started to break, as we were loading on the bus at KSC, to go to the causeway. We sat there in the bus for about 1Ĺ hours, before the buses started to pull out of the parking lot. All 40-50 buses tried to leave at the same time, with each driver determined to be the first out of the lot. Big CF! It was at that time that someone on the bus announced it had been scrubbed. The tickets we bought are still good. They were purchased for a specific launch, but I seriously doubt we'll be able to make it back. We did have a good time though. The beaches were great!

mlyonsd
05-05-2011, 08:59 AM
Dangit! Yea, it screwed me up. The bus picked us up as scheduled, and took us to Kennedy Space Center. The weather was kinda cloudy, and there was an occasional shower. I really thought that might cause a delay. The clouds started to break, as we were loading on the bus at KSC, to go to the causeway. We sat there in the bus for about 1Ĺ hours, before the buses started to pull out of the parking lot. All 40-50 buses tried to leave at the same time, with each driver determined to be the first out of the lot. Big CF! It was at that time that someone on the bus announced it had been scrubbed. The tickets we bought are still good. They were purchased for a specific launch, but I seriously doubt we'll be able to make it back. We did have a good time though. The beaches were great!

Sorry to hear that. Glad you made the most of it though.

Donger
05-13-2011, 02:20 PM
New launch date and time: Monday, May 16 at 8:56am EDT.

Alton deFlat
05-13-2011, 02:39 PM
Wish I could be there, but I hope all goes well. Godspeed to the crew of Endeavor.

http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/nasa_2157_18975958

redsurfer11
05-13-2011, 06:05 PM
I'll have to watch this one through my office window.

Okie_Apparition
05-13-2011, 06:37 PM
I would like to craft a joke about the missing skull fragment & missing tiles.
1) it may be too soon 2) I don't have the skill 3) I'm not sure I know what I'm talking about

Guru
05-13-2011, 06:43 PM
New launch date and time: Monday, May 16 at 8:56am EDT.

I am hoping for one more delay to push it to my trip later this month.

Donger
05-16-2011, 06:09 AM
T - 9:00 and holding

Donger
05-16-2011, 06:47 AM
T-9:00 and counting

Donger
05-16-2011, 06:48 AM
http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html

Donger
05-16-2011, 06:49 AM
Access arm retract. T-7:00

Donger
05-16-2011, 06:51 AM
T-5:30

Donger
05-16-2011, 06:53 AM
T-3:30

Donger
05-16-2011, 06:54 AM
Beanie cap retract

Donger
05-16-2011, 06:54 AM
Close and lock visors, T-2:00

Donger
05-16-2011, 06:55 AM
T-1:30

Donger
05-16-2011, 06:55 AM
T-1:00

Donger
05-16-2011, 06:56 AM
Endeavour on internals

Donger
05-16-2011, 06:56 AM
Main engine start

Donger
05-16-2011, 06:56 AM
Lift off!

Donger
05-16-2011, 06:57 AM
Roll complete. Throttling down.

Donger
05-16-2011, 06:57 AM
Max Q

Donger
05-16-2011, 06:58 AM
Throttle up

Donger
05-16-2011, 06:58 AM
1,300 mph at 11 miles

Donger
05-16-2011, 06:58 AM
SRB sep

Donger
05-16-2011, 06:59 AM
3,200 mph 37 miles up

Donger
05-16-2011, 07:00 AM
Negative return

Donger
05-16-2011, 07:01 AM
5,500 mph 63 miles

Donger
05-16-2011, 07:01 AM
Press to ATO

Donger
05-16-2011, 07:02 AM
Single engine ops 3

Dave Lane
05-16-2011, 07:02 AM
Made it with 30 seconds to spare. Nice to watch

Donger
05-16-2011, 07:03 AM
Endeavor rolling to heads up, press to MECO

Donger
05-16-2011, 07:04 AM
Single engine press 104

Donger
05-16-2011, 07:04 AM
13,500 mph

Donger
05-16-2011, 07:05 AM
MECO!

Donger
05-16-2011, 07:05 AM
Tank sep

Dave Lane
05-16-2011, 07:05 AM
Main engines off

Donger
05-16-2011, 07:05 AM
She's in orbit.

Donger
05-16-2011, 07:06 AM
Nominal MECO and OMs not required.

Guru
05-16-2011, 07:11 AM
Damn. She was supposed to get delayed until May 26th.

blaise
05-16-2011, 09:46 AM
Some guy I follow retweeted this- some girl took a photo of it from her plane. She said NASA contacted her about the photo.

http://twitpic.com/4yg6hs

BigMeatballDave
05-16-2011, 12:40 PM
The final Shuttle mission is next month, right?

mlyonsd
05-16-2011, 01:11 PM
The final Shuttle mission is next month, right?
Date: Early July +
Mission: STS-135
Launch Vehicle: Space Shuttle Atlantis (http://www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/shuttleoperations/orbiters/atlantis-info.html)
Launch Site: Kennedy Space Center - (http://www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/home/index.html) Launch Pad 39A
<!--Launch Time: 3:40 p.m. EDT
-->Description: Space shuttle Atlantis will carry the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module to deliver supplies, logistics and spare parts to the International Space Station. Atlantis also will fly a system to investigate the potential for robotically refueling existing spacecraft and return a failed ammonia pump module.

http://www.nasa.gov/missions/highlights/schedule.html

BigMeatballDave
05-16-2011, 01:39 PM
Date: Early July +
Mission: STS-135
Launch Vehicle: Space Shuttle Atlantis (http://www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/shuttleoperations/orbiters/atlantis-info.html)
Launch Site: Kennedy Space Center - (http://www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/home/index.html) Launch Pad 39A
<!--Launch Time: 3:40 p.m. EDT
-->Description: Space shuttle Atlantis will carry the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module to deliver supplies, logistics and spare parts to the International Space Station. Atlantis also will fly a system to investigate the potential for robotically refueling existing spacecraft and return a failed ammonia pump module.

http://www.nasa.gov/missions/highlights/schedule.htmlThanks. I knew it was coming. Thought it was sooner. The Endeavour delay probably pushed it back.

Alton deFlat
05-16-2011, 01:48 PM
Thanks. I knew it was coming. Thought it was sooner. The Endeavour delay probably pushed it back.

Yea, it was originally scheduled to launch in June.

mlyonsd
05-16-2011, 01:49 PM
Thanks. I knew it was coming. Thought it was sooner. The Endeavour delay probably pushed it back.

I'll be in Florida for a week in June so I was hoping Endeavour's lauch today would get scrubbed. I know, bad karma.

MahiMike
05-16-2011, 02:10 PM
My kid watched it this morning from the front yard. Pretty cool that he got to see it. Also pretty cool that they're shutting down that big waste of money, IMO.

BigMeatballDave
05-16-2011, 04:16 PM
Also pretty cool that they're shutting down that big waste of money, IMO.:spock: They'll just find some far less interesting way to spend that money.