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Posted: October 21, 2004T-00:00LiftoffThe Delta 2 rocket's main engine and twin vernier steering thrusters are started moments before launch. The six ground-start strap-on solid rocket motors are ignited at T-0 to begin the mission.T+01:03.1Ground SRM BurnoutThe six ground-start Alliant TechSystems-built solid rocket motors consume all their propellant and burn out.T+01:05.5Air-Lit SRM IgnitionThe three remaining solid rocket motors strapped to the Delta 2 rocket's first stage are ignited.T+01:06.0Jettison Ground SRMsThe six spent ground-started solid rocket boosters are jettisoned in sets of three to fall into the Atlantic Ocean.T+02:11.5Jettison Air-Lit SRMsHaving burned out, the three spent air-started solid rocket boosters are jettisoned toward the Atlantic Ocean.T+04:23.4Main Engine CutoffAfter consuming its RP-1 fuel and liquid oxygen, the Rocketdyne RS-27A first stage main engine is shut down. The vernier engines cut off moments later.T+04:31.4Stage SeparationThe Delta rocket's first stage is separated now, having completed its job. The spent stage will fall into the Atlantic Ocean.T+04:36.9Second Stage IgnitionWith the stage jettisoned, the rocket's second stage takes over. The Aerojet AJ118-K liquid-fueled engine ignites for the first of two firings needed to place the upper stage and GPS 2R-13 satellite into the proper orbit.T+04:58.0Jettison Payload FairingThe 9.5-foot diameter payload fairing that protected the GPS 2R-13 satellite atop the Delta 2 during the atmospheric ascent is jettisoned is two halves.T+10:53.9Second Stage Cutoff 1The second stage engine shuts down to complete its first firing of the launch. The rocket and attached GPS 2R-13 *****ecraft are now in a coast period before the second stage reignites. The orbit achieved should be 212 miles at apogee, 94 miles at perigee and inclined 36.90 degrees.T+19:55.5Second Stage RestartDelta's second stage engine reignites for a short firing to raise the orbit further.T+20:31.0Second Stage Cutoff 2The second stage shuts down after a 36-second burst. The orbit achieved should be 686 miles at apogee, 103 miles at perigee and inclined 37.21 degrees. Over the next minute, tiny thrusters on the side of the rocket will be fired to spin up the vehicle in preparation for stage separation.T+21:24.0Stage SeparationThe liquid-fueled second stage is jettisoned from the rest of the Delta 2 rocket.T+22:01.0Third Stage IgnitionThe Thiokol Star 48B solid-fueled third stage is then ignited to deliver the GPS 2R-13 satellite into its intended orbit around Earth.T+23:27.7Third Stage BurnoutHaving used up all its solid-propellant, the third stage burns out to completed the powered phase of the launch sequence for GPS 2R-12.T+25:21.0GPS 2R-13 SeparationThe U.S. Air Force's NAVSTAR Global Positioning System Block 2R-13 *****ecraft is released into *****e. The Delta should have placed the satellite into a transfer orbit with a high point of 10,998 nautical miles and low point of 101 nautical miles inclined 39.0 degrees. The satellite will circularize its orbit and raise inclination to 55 degrees for joining the GPS constellation.Data source: Boeing.An insider's view of how Apollo flight controllers operated and just what they faced when events were crucial. Choose your store: John Glenn Mission PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!The historic first orbital flight by an American is marked by this commemorative patch for John Glenn and Friendship 7.Final Shuttle Mission PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!The crew emblem for the final *****e shuttle mission is available in our store. Get this piece of history!Celebrate the shuttle programFree shipping to U.S. addresses!This special commemorative patch marks the retirement of NASA's Space Shuttle Program. Available in our store!Anniversary Shuttle PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!This embroidered patch commemorates the 30th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Program. The design features the *****e shuttle Columbia's historic maiden flight of April 12, 1981.Mercury anniversaryFree shipping to U.S. addresses!Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Alan Shephard's historic Mercury mission with this collectors' item, the official commemorative embroidered patch.Fallen Heroes Patch CollectionThe official patches from Apollo 1, the shuttle Challenger and Columbia crews are available in the store.Apollo CollageThis beautiful one piece set features the Apollo program emblem surrounded by the individual mission logos. | | | | 2014 Spaceflight Now Inc.GPS 2R-15 launch timelineSPACEFLIGHT NOW Air Max 2011
2014-10-06 01:47:14
Posted: December 6, 2010T-00:00LiftoffAfter the rocket's nine Merlin engines pass an automated health check, four hold-down clamps will release the Falcon 9 booster for liftoff from Complex 40.T+01:16Max QThe Falcon 9 rocket reaches Max Q, the point of maximum aerodynamic pressure.T+02:58MECOMoments after two of the Falcon 9's first stage engines shut down, the remaining seven Merlin engines cut off.T+03:02Stage 1 SeparationThe Falcon 9's first stage separates from the second stage four seconds after MECO.T+03:09Stage 2 IgnitionThe second stage Merlin vacuum engine ignites for a six-mintue burn to inject the Dragon payload into orbit.T+09:00SECOThe second stage Merlin vacuum engine shuts down after reaching a 186-mile-high orbit with an inclination of 34.5 degrees.T+09:35Dragon SeparationThe Dragon capsule separates from the second stage, leaving behind its unpressurized trunk section, which contains secondary CubeSat payloads.T+13:00Begin Orbital OperationsThe Dragon *****ecraft begins a regimented series of demonstrations in *****e lasting about three-and-a-half hours.Data source: SpaceXFinal Shuttle Mission PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!The crew emblem for the final *****e shuttle mission is now available in our store. Get this piece of history!STS-134 PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!The final planned flight of *****e shuttle Endeavour is symbolized in the official embroidered crew patch for STS-134. Available in our store!Ares 1-X PatchThe official embroidered patch for the Ares 1-X rocket test flight, is available for purchase.Apollo CollageThis beautiful one piece set features the Apollo program emblem surrounded by the individual mission logos.Project OrionThe Orion crew exploration vehicle is NASA's first new human *****ecraft developed since the *****e shuttle a quarter-century earlier. The capsule is one of the key elements of returning astronauts to the Moon.Fallen Heroes Patch CollectionThe official patches from Apollo 1, the shuttle Challenger and Columbia crews are available in the store. | | | | 2014 Spaceflight Now Inc.Falcon 9 launch timelineSPACEFLIGHT NOW Mochilas
2014-10-03 14:39:35
Posted: September 30, 2009T-00:00LiftoffThe Delta 2 rocket's main engine and twin vernier steering thrusters are started moments before launch. Six of the nine strap-on solid rocket motors are ignited at T-0 to begin the mission.T+01:04.0Ground SRB BurnoutThe six ground-start Alliant TechSystems-built solid rocket motors consume all their propellant and burn out.T+01:05.5Air-Lit SRM IgnitionThe three remaining solid rocket motors strapped to the Delta 2 rocket's first stage are ignited.T+01:26.0Jettison SRBsThe spent solid rocket boosters are jettisoned to fall into the Pacific Ocean. The spent casings remained attached until the vehicle passed into preset drop zone, clear of offs***** oil platforms.T+01:30.0Begin Dog-legAfter initially flying from Vandenberg along a 196-degree flight azimuth, the rocket begins steering itself to obtain the desired orbital inclination. This dog-leg maneuver continues for 52 seconds.T+02:11.5Jettison Air-Lit SRMsHaving burned out, the three spent air-started solid rocket boosters are jettisoned toward the Pacific Ocean.T+04:23.4Main Engine CutoffAfter consuming its RP-1 fuel and liquid oxygen, the Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne RS-27A first stage main engine is shut down. The vernier engines cut off moments later.T+04:31.4Stage SeparationThe Delta rocket's first stage is separated now, having completed its job. The spent stage will fall into the Pacific Ocean.T+04:36.9Second Stage IgnitionWith the stage jettisoned, the rocket's second stage takes over. The Aerojet AJ118-K liquid-fueled engine ignites for the first of two firings needed to place the WorldView 2 *****ecraft into the proper orbit.T+04:41.0Jettison Payload FairingThe 10-foot diameter payload fairing that protected the WorldView 2 cargo atop the Delta 2 during the atmospheric ascent is jettisoned is two halves.T+10:52.4Second Stage Cutoff 1The second stage engine shuts down to complete its first firing of the launch. The rocket and attached *****ecraft are now in a long coast period before the second stage reignites. The orbit achieved should be 435 nautical miles at apogee, 106 miles at perigee and inclined 98.6 degrees.T+53:34.0Second Stage RestartDelta's second stage engine reignites for a short firing to boost the elliptical orbit into a more circular one.T+53:56.4Second Stage Cutoff 2The second stage shuts down after a 22-second burn. The orbit achieved should be 419 nautical miles at apogee, 413 miles at perigee and inclined 98.6 degrees.T+60:30.0Initiate SpinThe second stage begins a nine-degree per second spin in preparation for releasing the WorldView 2 *****ecraft to fly on its own.T+61:40.0Payload SeparationThe WorldView 2 commercial Earth-imaging satellite is released from the Delta 2 rocket, completing the launch.Data source: ULA.STS-134 PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!The final planned flight of *****e shuttle Endeavour is symbolized in the official embroidered crew patch for STS-134. Available in our store!Final Shuttle Mission PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!The crew emblem for the final *****e shuttle mission is now available in our store. Get this piece of history!Apollo CollageThis beautiful one piece set features the Apollo program emblem surrounded by the individual mission logos.STS-133 PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!The final planned flight of *****e shuttle Discovery is symbolized in the official embroidered crew patch for STS-133. Available in our store!Anniversary Shuttle PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!This embroidered patch commemorates the 30th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Program. The design features the *****e shuttle Columbia's historic maiden flight of April 12, 1981.Mercury anniversaryFree shipping to U.S. addresses!Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Alan Shephard's historic Mercury mission with this collectors' item, the official commemorative embroidered patch. | | | | 2014 Spaceflight Now Inc.Delta 350 launch timelineSPACEFLIGHT NOW UGG Hannen
2014-10-01 05:20:21
The Atlas 5 will use a single-burn mission to deliver the DMSP F19 *****ecraft into a sun-synchronous polar orbit.The targeted orbit is:852.8 km (530 statute miles) x 852.8 km (530 statute miles) circular orbit at an inclination of 98.87 degrees.T-00:02.7...RD-180 Engine Ignition+00:01.1...LIFTOFF T+00:17.1...Begin Pitch/Yaw/Roll Maneuver T+01:25.7...Maximum Dynamic Pressure T+04:04.6...Atlas Booster Engine Cutoff (BECO)T+04:10.6...Atlas Booster/Centaur Separation T+04:20.4...Centaur First Main Engine Start (MES-1) T+04:28.6...Payload Fairing Jettison T+15:39.4...Centaur First Main Engine Cutoff (MECO-1)T+18:28.4...DMSP F19 SEPARATIONAtlas 5 FactsThis will be:Atlas/GPS 2F-4 launch timeline Posted: May 3, 2013 T-00:02.7Engine StartThe Russian-designed RD-180 main engine is ignited and undergoes checkout prior to launch.T+00:01.1LiftoffThe United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 vehicle, designated AV-039, lifts off and begins a vertical rise away from Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.T+01:18.4Mach 1 and Max QThe Atlas rocket achieves Mach 1 some 78 seconds into the flight, then passes through the region of maximum dynamic pressure at 91 seconds.T+04:04.4Main Engine CutoffThe RD-180 main engine completes its firing after consuming its kerosene and liquid oxygen fuel supply in the Atlas first stage.T+04:10.4Stage SeparationThe Common Core Booster first stage of the Atlas 5 rocket separates from the Centaur upper stage. Over the next few seconds, the Centaur engine liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen systems are readied for ignition.T+04:20.4Centaur Ignition 1The Centaur RL10 engine ignites for the longer of the two upper stage firings. This burn will inject the Centaur stage and GPS 2F-4 *****ecraft into a transfer orbit.T+04:28.4Nose Cone JettisonThe two-piece payload fairing that protected the GPS 2F-4 craft during the atmospheric ascent is separated to reveal the satellite to *****e.T+17:07.1Centaur Cutoff 1The Centaur engine shuts down after arriving in a planned elliptical transfer orbit. The vehicle enters a three-hour coast period before arriving at the required location in *****e for the second burn.T+3:17:37:8Centaur Ignition 2The Centaur re-ignites to circularize the orbit and enter the GPS satellite constellation.T+3:19:07.1Centaur Cutoff 2At the conclusion of its second firing, the Centaur will have delivered the GPS *****ecraft into the targeted circular orbit of 11,047 nautical miles, inclined 55 degrees to the equator.T+3:23:52.8Spacecraft SeparationThe Global Positioning System 2F-4 navigation satellite is released into orbit from the Centaur upper stage to complete the AV-039 launch.Data source: United Launch Alliance.Final Shuttle Mission PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!The crew emblem for the final *****e shuttle mission is now available in our store. Get this piece of history!STS-134 PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!The final planned flight of *****e shuttle Endeavour is symbolized in the official embroidered crew patch for STS-134. Available in our store!Ares 1-X PatchThe official embroidered patch for the Ares 1-X rocket test flight, is available for purchase.Apollo CollageThis beautiful one piece set features the Apollo program emblem surrounded by the individual mission logos.Project OrionThe Orion crew exploration vehicle is NASA's first new human *****ecraft developed since the *****e shuttle a quarter-century earlier. The capsule is one of the key elements of returning astronauts to the Moon.Fallen Heroes Patch CollectionThe official patches from Apollo 1, the shuttle Challenger and Columbia crews are available in the store. | | | | 2014 Spaceflight Now Inc.Atlas/Landsat launch timeline Posted: January 15, 2013 T-0:00:02.7Engine StartThe Russian-designed RD-180 main engine is ignited and undergoes checkout prior to launch.T+0:00:01.1LiftoffThe Atlas 5 vehicle, designated AV-035, lifts off and begins a vertical rise away from Space Launch Complex 3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.T+0:01:27MaxQThe rocket passes through the area of maximum aerodynamic pressure as it accelerates through the lower atmosphere.T+0:04:02Main Engine CutoffThe RD-180 main engine completes its firing after consuming its kerosene and liquid oxygen fuel supply in the Atlas first stage.T+0:04:08Stage SeparationThe Common Core Booster first stage of the Atlas 5 rocket separates from the Centaur upper stage. Over the next few seconds, the Centaur engine liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen systems are readied for ignition.T+0:04:18Centaur Ignition 1The Centaur RL10 engine ignites for the longer of the two upper stage firings. This burn will inject the Centaur stage and TDRS *****ecraft into a parking orbit.T+0:04:26Nose Cone JettisonThe payload fairing that protected the TDRS K *****ecraft during the climb through the atmosphere is no longer needed and is separated.T+0:15:23Centaur Cutoff 1The Centaur engine shuts down after arriving in a planned parking orbit. The vehicle enters a lengthy coast period lasting nearly 55 minutes before arriving at the required location in *****e for the second burn.T+1:10:34Centaur Ignition 2The Centaur re-ignites to propel the payload into the desired Sun-synchronous polar orbit from the parking achieved earlier in the launch sequence.T+1:12:20Centaur Cutoff 2At the conclusion of its second firing, the Centaur will have delivered the Landsat *****ecraft into the targeted orbit with an apogee of 421 statute miles, perigee of 410 statute miles and inclination of 98.2 degrees.T+1:18:21Spacecraft SeparationThe Landsat Data Continuity Mission *****ecraft in collaboration between NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey is released into orbit from the Centaur upper stage to complete the AV-035 launch.Data source: United Launch Alliance.STS-134 PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!The final planned flight of *****e shuttle Endeavour is symbolized in the official embroidered crew patch for STS-134. Available in our store!Final Shuttle Mission PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!The crew emblem for the final *****e shuttle mission is now available in our store. Get this piece of history!Apollo CollageThis beautiful one piece set features the Apollo program emblem surrounded by the individual mission logos.STS-133 PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!The final planned flight of *****e shuttle Discovery is symbolized in the official embroidered crew patch for STS-133. Available in our store!Anniversary Shuttle PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!This embroidered patch commemorates the 30th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Program. The design features the *****e shuttle Columbia's historic maiden flight of April 12, 1981.Mercury anniversaryFree shipping to U.S. addresses!Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Alan Shephard's historic Mercury mission with this collectors' item, the official commemorative embroidered patch. | | | | 2014 Spaceflight Now Inc.Atlas/MUOS 2 launch timeline Posted: July 8, 2013 T-00:02.7Engine StartThe Russian-designed RD-180 main engine is ignited and undergoes checkout prior to launch.T+00:01.1LiftoffThe five strap-on solid rocket boosters are lit as the Atlas 5 vehicle lifts off and begins a vertical rise away from Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.T+01:44.8Jettison SRBsHaving burned out of propellant approximately 15 seconds earlier, the spent solid rocket boosters are jettisoned to fall into the Atlantic Ocean. The separation event is staggered with two motors releasing first, then the others about 1.5 seconds later.T+03:11.5Nose Cone JettisonThe payload fairing that protected the MUOS 2 *****ecraft during launch is separated once heating levels drop to predetermined limits after passage through the atmosphere.T+03:16.5Forward Load Reactor JettisonThe Forward Load Reactor deck that supported the payload fairing's structure to Centaur upper stage is released five seconds after the shroud's jettison.T+04:21.0Main Engine CutoffThe RD-180 main engine completes its firing after consuming its kerosene and liquid oxygen fuel supply in the Atlas first stage.T+04:27.0Stage SeparationThe Common Core Booster first stage of the Atlas 5 rocket separates from the Centaur upper stage. Over the next few seconds, the Centaur engine liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen systems are readied for ignition.T+04:36.9Centaur Ignition 1The Centaur RL10 engine ignites for the first of three upper stage firings. This burn will inject the Centaur stage and MUOS *****ecraft into an initial parking orbit.T+12:23.8Centaur Cutoff 1The Centaur engine shuts down after arriving in a planned low-Earth parking orbit of 90 by 340 nautical miles at 28 degrees inclination. The vehicle enters an 8-minute coast period before arriving at the required location in *****e for the second burn.T+20:22.8Centaur Ignition 2The Centaur re-ignites to accelerate the payload into a highly elliptical transfer orbit from the parking altitude achieved earlier in the launch sequence.T+26:18.5Centaur Cutoff 2At the conclusion of its second firing, the Centaur will have ascending into a 105 by 18,600 nautical mile orbit inclined 26 degrees to begin a two-and-a-half-hour coast.T+2:48:54.6Centaur Ignition 3A final push by Centaur is ignited to raise the orbit's low point and reduce orbital inclination for the MUOS *****ecraft.T+2:49:53.7Centaur Cutoff 3The powered phase of flight is concluded as the Centaur reaches the planned geosynchronous transfer orbit of 2,053 by 19,323 nautical miles and 19.1 degrees inclination.T+2:53:32.7Spacecraft SeparationThe U.S. Navy's second Mobile User Objective System *****ecraft, MUOS 2, is released into orbit from the Centaur upper stage to complete the launch.Data source: United Launch Alliance.STS-134 PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!The final planned flight of *****e shuttle Endeavour is symbolized in the official embroidered crew patch for STS-134. Available in our store!Final Shuttle Mission PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!The crew emblem for the final *****e shuttle mission is now available in our store. Get this piece of history!Apollo CollageThis beautiful one piece set features the Apollo program emblem surrounded by the individual mission logos.STS-133 PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!The final planned flight of *****e shuttle Discovery is symbolized in the official embroidered crew patch for STS-133. Available in our store!Anniversary Shuttle PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!This embroidered patch commemorates the 30th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Program. The design features the *****e shuttle Columbia's historic maiden flight of April 12, 1981.Mercury anniversaryFree shipping to U.S. addresses!Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Alan Shephard's historic Mercury mission with this collectors' item, the official commemorative embroidered patch. | | | | 2014 Spaceflight Now Inc.Atlas/NROL-67 information sheet A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5-541 rocket (AV-045) will be used to launch the NROL-67 mission for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office, the agency that controls the country's fleet of spy satellites. The identity and purpose of the satellite being launched on the Atlas are classified. The vehicle will stand 19 stories tall and produce 2.1 million pounds of thrust at launch. The vehicle's performance is capable of delivering 7,800 pounds directly into geosynchronous orbit 22,300 miles above Earth or 38,000 pounds into low-Earth orbit.The launch time on April 10 is 1:45 p.m. EDT (1745 GMT). Camp Hoody
2014-09-25 08:23:55
STORY WRITTEN FOR & USED WITH PERMISSIONPosted: November 24, 2007Space station commander Peggy Whitson and flight engineer Dan Tani began repressurizing the Quest airlock module at 11:54 a.m. today, officially closing out a "hugely successful" seven-hour four-minute *****ewalk to finish connecting the new Harmony module to the lab's power and cooling systems. The work clears the way for launch of the shuttle Atlantis on Dec. 6 to deliver the European Space Agency's Columbus research module to the outpost.This was the third *****ewalk in 15 days for the Expedition 16 crew, the 22nd EVA so far this year and the 99th devoted to station assembly and maintenance since construction began in 1998.During today's *****ewalk, Whitson and Tani connected a second set of ammonia coolant supply and return lines to the new Harmony module; finished reconnecting the station-to-shuttle power transfer system that lets docked shuttles tap into the lab's solar power grid; and carried out a second inspection of the station's contaminated right-side solar array rotary joint.The astronauts also prepared the Harmony module's right side port for attachment of the Columbus research module next month while flight controllers at the Johnson Space Center in Houston worked through procedures to fully activate Harmony, checking out its electrical and cooling system connections. Activation had been planned for Sunday, but the work was moved up a day.Space station flight director Derek Hassmann described today's excursion as a "hugely successful *****ewalk.""We were able to connect the node 2/Harmony module to the other string of the permanent ammonia cooling system," he said. "And because the crew got out the door early today as they always do, we were able to move early our node 2 final activations. Both node 2 thermal cooling systems are up and running inside the Harmony module, both MDMs, or computers, are powered up and both strings of power systems are up and running. That was an activity that wasn't scheduled until tomorrow. So once again, the crew has enabled us to get ahead."Today's *****ewalk capped one of the busiest three weeks in station assembly.Harmony was launched to the station aboard the shuttle Discovery Oct. 23 and temporarily attached to the central Unity module's left-side port. After the shuttle departed, Whitson and flight engineer Yuri Malenchenko staged a *****ewalk Nov. 9 to prepare the shuttle docking port on the front of the Destiny module for attachment to Harmony.The docking port, known as pressurized mating adapter No. 2, was successfully moved to Harmony, using the station's robot arm, on Nov. 12. Two days later, the Harmony/PMA-2 "stack" was moved to the front of Destiny and robotically bolted in place. During a *****ewalk Tuesday, Whitson and Tani connected one of two ammonia coolant loops and, running ahead of schedule, completed all required electrical connections. They also hooked up part of the station-to-shuttle power transfer system that lets docked shuttles tap into the lab's power grid.During today's *****ewalk, they finished the job and carried out the solar alpha rotary joint inspection to help engineers figure out what might be needed to fix it."When you think about it, with our three *****ewalks, with our two significant robotics activities, what we've accomplished in the last 15 days is equivalent to a very ambitious shuttle assembly mission," Hassmann said. "What makes it special is we've accomplished everything I just described with just the three *****e station crew on board. ... So just an amazing accomplishment, it's a first for the international *****e station program."As for the starboard solar alpha rotary joint, or SARJ, Hassmann said "what they discovered was race ring damage and particulate that was consistent with the damage Dan Tani observed (late last month).""What I gathered from today, and of course the engineers are going to go off and talk about this in great detail, but basically the damage is significant and is widespread," Hassmann said. "I'm not qualified or ready to draw conclusions here today, but we know that the damage is consistent around the race ring. The crew did report the gear teeth themselves looked clean and did not appear to be damaged or rubbed in any off-nominal way, which I took to be good news."With Harmony now wired into the station's main power and cooling systems, NASA is clear to press ahead with launch of the shuttle Atlantis Dec. 6 on mission STS-122. Three *****ewalks are planned for that mission, but it's not yet clear whether any additional SARJ work can be crammed into the already busy mission."What we've done is put the program in a better position on STS-122 to understand what they need to do in terms of either sARJ cleaning or SARJ repairs, etc.," Hassmann said. "So we've gathered additional data, verified the extent of the damage and now the folks have some work to do to quantify and plan exactly what they're going to do to address the SARJ issues on their mission." STS-134 PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!The final planned flight of *****e shuttle Endeavour is symbolized in the official embroidered crew patch for STS-134. Available in our store!Final Shuttle Mission PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!The crew emblem for the final *****e shuttle mission is now available in our store. Get this piece of history!Apollo CollageThis beautiful one piece set features the Apollo program emblem surrounded by the individual mission logos.STS-133 PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!The final planned flight of *****e shuttle Discovery is symbolized in the official embroidered crew patch for STS-133. Available in our store!Anniversary Shuttle PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!This embroidered patch commemorates the 30th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Program. The design features the *****e shuttle Columbia's historic maiden flight of April 12, 1981.Mercury anniversaryFree shipping to U.S. addresses!Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Alan Shephard's historic Mercury mission with this collectors' item, the official commemorative embroidered patch. | | | | 2014 Spaceflight Now Inc.Sweden's first astronaut reflects on shuttle mission EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY NEWS RELEASEPosted: February 2, 2007 Credit: NASA"It was a wonderful flight, extremely exciting. I couldn't have asked for more." ESA astronaut Christer Fuglesang recently spoke about his Celsius Mission.On Friday 22 December 2006, Fuglesang, the first Swedish astronaut in *****e, returned to Earth with Space Shuttle Discovery with the rest of the STS-116 crew at the end of the 13-day mission to the International Space Station. During the STS-116 mission Fuglesang parti*****ted in three Extra Vehicular Activities (EVAs), or *****ewalks, to continue assembly work on the outside of the Station. "I enjoyed every minute of it. I am very grateful to everyone who helped me to get there. In particular everyone at ESA, there are a lot of people who have supported me for many years." What was it like to be inside the Shuttle for the launch?"The launch was a real highlight! I was never really nervous, which did kind of surprise me. I didn't really dare to believe that we were really going because of the weather. The launch can also be scrubbed just one second before take-off, because of some technical problem. Until the big solid boosters are lit and you start to move, you never know. Once we left, it was of course a wonderful feeling - 'Yes! We are really going!' When we got into *****e - everyone was shouting and laughing." What was it like to see the ISS for the first time?"First there was just a really big bright star - when it came closer and you could see the details, it was big and beautiful. When you get close to dock, it's really big!" What was it like when you first entered the Station?"You enter into the lab - it is such a big *****e that you can be in the middle and not be able to touch anything. You feel a bit dizzy for the first minutes, when you have been used to the Shuttle where there is less *****e." Can you describe what it was like when you first stepped out of the Airlock for the first *****ewalk?"It was different than planned! We had a very well c*****ographed plan for the way everything was supposed to be done. When Beamer [Robert Curbeam] egressed, he managed somehow to get a door open where the hand control of the SAFER [*****ewalk backpack] is. So suddenly we had a new problem that needed to be solved. I actually had to go out the Airlock to try to fix this - it wasn't something we had trained in the pool, so I wasn't sure that I would be able to. But it worked out, and it gave me self-confidence for the rest." "It is a wonderful view when you are out there, and you can see the Earth and see the big Station. Translating along the truss, I enjoyed that a lot. You can just give yourself a little push and you float a few metres without touching anything." How did you feel at the end of the second *****ewalk, when you had to return inside?"I felt a little bit sad. Particularly because we had resources to stay out for another hour and I was hoping they would come up with something else for us to do - but no one said anything. I tried to hang outside there for as long as I could before we had to go inside. I was very pleased when I got to do the third one!" You trained extensively for this mission, was there still anything that surprised you?"Something that was complicated was to go to the toilet... particularly what the Americans call 'number 2s'. Due to weightlessness the intestines are not the normal way, so you have to work really hard to get things going. It can get quite uncomfortable." Did you get much of an opportunity to look down at Earth, and what where the most impressive things that you saw?"I didn't have as much opportunity as I would have liked to, we were very, very busy. After undocking we started to get a bit more time. The orientation of the Shuttle meant we also got a better view. I was particularly please the first time I saw Sweden. We also saw the Aurora over Sweden - that was beautiful." "One of the best passes though was the very last day. It was night-time over Europe. We came in over Ireland, over England; I could see London. You could clearly see the Netherlands because there was so much light. Then I saw all of the Scandinavian countries, even the southern coast of Norway - I could see clouds covering Oslo which were lit up. I could see up to the middle of Sweden and Finland - Helsinki. On the opposite side of the gulf, Tallinn and St Petersburg. It is just like flying over a map. The light tells you where the cities are, and then just the complete darkness over the water - it was a beautiful pass." What have you been doing since the landing?"I had to go into NASA on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day for data taking for some of the experiments - and then on the 26th we had a big medical exam. On 27 December we started with meetings to prepare for the debriefings and the presentations which we have to start giving very soon. I had just four days off over the New Year. Since then we've been in daily debriefings. I've just come back from EAC [ESA's European Astronaut Centre, in Cologne, Germany] where we had debriefings."What kind of things do you report back on during the debriefings?"Anything from minor technical details which didn't work very well - for example, a camera that was lost during one of the EVAs because of a screw that wasn't really working properly. Through to the overall message for us - we thought there was excellent team work, which helped to make this mission such a success. There was a really good connection between us and the ground crew - they trusted us and we trusted them. It was like we were not only their prolonged arm, but also kind of a prolonged brain to help to give inputs." How was your re-adaptation to gravity when you came back?"My balance was very affected. It felt a bit like you had been drinking heavily. But it came back fairly quickly. On the second day it was barely noticeable, and by the third day it was completely back. The first time I went jogging, five days after we returned, I got a lot more muscle soreness than I would usually get for such a short run." When does your mission completely come to an end?"I will be on the road for at least for half of the time through to April. We are going to visit all the NASA centres with the crew. We are making a crew trip to Europe - the highlights being Scandinavia, EAC and to ESTEC. There are a few things still for the experiments - taking post-flight data - I will be finished with them in another couple of months." Did you expect that Sweden would be enthusiastic about your flight?"Two months before the launch I saw how it was building up, so I did expect some interest - but I never imagined that it would be to that extent. When we had an in-flight call and it was both the Crown Princess and the Deputy Prime Minister there, it was really nice!" Do you have any longer-term plans as an astronaut?"I will spend a couple of months in Europe this summer, partly working at EAC. Then I will be back here in Houston in the autumn and I hope to get another assignment with the Shuttle. I would like to do a long-duration mission." STS-134 PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!The final planned flight of *****e shuttle Endeavour is symbolized in the official embroidered crew patch for STS-134. Available in our store!Final Shuttle Mission PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!The crew emblem for the final *****e shuttle mission is now available in our store. 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Posted: August 11, 2014NOTE: GMT is +4 hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time.DockingAugust 12, 20140907 GMT....ISS maneuvers to docking attitude.0921 GMT....S-1/2 hold point. Distance: 24.2 miles (39 km) behind and 3.1 miles (5 km) below *****e station.1008 GMT....S1 hold point. Distance: 9.6 miles (15.5 km) behind and 3.1 miles (5 km) below *****e station.1054 GMT....S2 hold point arrival. Distance: 2.2 miles (3.5 km) behind *****e station. The ATV also reaches the same altitude as the *****e station.1054 - 1125 GMT....Turn on external lights; KURS activation; begin using relative GPS.1125 GMT....S2 hold point departure.1205 GMT....S3 hold point arrival. Distance: 817 feet (249 m) behind *****e station.1205 - 1242 GMT....Activate videometer and telegoniometer instruments; ATV-CC GO/NO-GO.1242 GMT....S3 hold point departure.1305 GMT....S4 hold point arrival. Distance: 62 feet (19 m) behind *****e station.1305 - 1318 GMT....Pointing maneuver; ATV-CC GO/NO-GO.1318 GMT....S4 hold point departure.1321 GMT....S41 hold point arrival. Distance: 36 feet (11 m) behind *****e station.1321 - 1326 GMT....ATV-CC GO/NO-GO.1326 GMT....S41 hold point departure.1330 GMT....CAPTURE. Georges Lemaitre's forward docking cone is captured by the aft port of the station's Zvezda service module.Data source: ESAFinal Shuttle Mission PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!The crew emblem for the final *****e shuttle mission is now available in our store. Get this piece of history!STS-134 PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!The final planned flight of *****e shuttle Endeavour is symbolized in the official embroidered crew patch for STS-134. Available in our store!Ares 1-X PatchThe official embroidered patch for the Ares 1-X rocket test flight, is available for purchase.Apollo CollageThis beautiful one piece set features the Apollo program emblem surrounded by the individual mission logos.Project OrionThe Orion crew exploration vehicle is NASA's first new human *****ecraft developed since the *****e shuttle a quarter-century earlier. The capsule is one of the key elements of returning astronauts to the Moon.Fallen Heroes Patch CollectionThe official patches from Apollo 1, the shuttle Challenger and Columbia crews are available in the store. | | | | 2014 Spaceflight Now Inc.ATV completes laser-guided dockingSPACEFLIGHT NOWPosted: August 13, 2014 Europe's Automated Transfer Vehicle made its final cargo delivery to the International Space Station on Tuesday, completing a smooth computer-controlled docking to resupply the orbiting laboratory with 7.3 tons of fuel, water, experiments and provisions.Fitted with distinctive X-shaped solar arrays, the European Space agency's ATV cargo craft appeared as an insect looming behind the *****e station, with live television views showing the *****eship firing off rocket thrusters to manage its approach.With a glacial closing rate of about 2 inches per second, the 20-ton supply ship linked up with the *****e station's Zvezda service module at 1330 GMT (9:30 a.m. EDT) as the *****ecraft sailed 260 miles over southern Kazakhstan at a velocity of more than 17,000 mph.Lasers and radars guided the ATV for the final phase of the rendezvous, which completed a two-week journey after the craft's July 29 launch aboard an Ariane 5 rocket from French Guiana.Spectacular photos from Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev, who runs a from the *****e station, show the *****ecraft's rendezvous and docking.See our for the latest news on the mission. Barbour Men Waterproof Jackets
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