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Re: Soyuz TMA-16 relocation - January 21, 2010
« Reply #20 on: 01/21/2010 11:27 AM »
Yes, commander Maksim Suraev and flight-engineer Jeffrey Williams were onboard the Soyuz during the relocation.
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Re: Soyuz TMA-16 relocation - January 21, 2010
« Reply #21 on: 01/21/2010 12:53 PM »
Maybe a stupid question:
Are they actually inside Soyuz for relocating it or does that work remotely?

Of course they were inside.  Think of it this way: if something went wrong and the Soyuz couldn't re-dock to the station, there goes somebody's ride home!

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Re: Soyuz TMA-16 relocation - January 21, 2010
« Reply #22 on: 01/21/2010 01:04 PM »
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Re: Soyuz TMA-16 relocation - January 21, 2010
« Reply #23 on: 01/21/2010 01:06 PM »
Relocation part 1/3:


Relocation part 2/3:


Relocation part 2/3:
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Re: Soyuz TMA-16 relocation - January 21, 2010
« Reply #24 on: 01/21/2010 02:25 PM »
Do you know the exact time of undocking?

Soyuz TMA-16 has undocked at 10:03 UTC, and his relocation has lasted 21 minutes (as per MCC-M website).

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Re: Soyuz TMA-16 relocation - January 21, 2010
« Reply #25 on: 01/21/2010 02:39 PM »
A couple of historical notes here:

I believe that this is the first -R docking in LEO, ever.

Also, this is the first Soyuz relocation involving an occupied space station.

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Re: Soyuz TMA-16 relocation - January 21, 2010
« Reply #26 on: 01/21/2010 02:50 PM »
Also, this is the first Soyuz relocation involving an occupied space station

Not the first.

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Re: Soyuz TMA-16 relocation - January 21, 2010
« Reply #27 on: 01/21/2010 03:02 PM »
A couple of historical notes here:

I believe that this is the first -R docking in LEO, ever.

Also, this is the first Soyuz relocation involving an occupied space station.


What is a -R docking?
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Re: Soyuz TMA-16 relocation - January 21, 2010
« Reply #28 on: 01/21/2010 03:11 PM »
I believe that this is the first -R docking in LEO, ever.
The first would have been the docking of the Poisk module. But AFAIK the first manned docking, fair enough.

"-R" the radial vector from Earth to the station - minus symbolising the direction facing down. Not sure if any of the Mir berths qualified for this, don't have time to check.

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Re: Soyuz TMA-16 relocation - January 21, 2010
« Reply #29 on: 01/21/2010 03:19 PM »

"-R" the radial vector from Earth to the station - minus symbolising the direction facing down. Not sure if any of the Mir berths qualified for this, don't have time to check.

Then it wasn't an -R docking, because the space station aft end was pointed towards the Earth during the relocation. :)
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Re: Soyuz TMA-16 relocation - January 21, 2010
« Reply #30 on: 01/21/2010 03:45 PM »
Earlier this hour someone of ISS crew wanted to upload HD footage taken earlier today, but it was postponed until later.

He didn't mention what it footage was about, maybe of Soyuz relocation?
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Re: Soyuz TMA-16 relocation - January 21, 2010
« Reply #32 on: 01/21/2010 07:09 PM »
From ISS Daily Report for 21/1/10.

Soyuz TMA-16 (20S) relocation went smoothly.  After a brief ride in their crew return vehicle, FE-1 Maxim Suraev & CDR Jeff Williams docked at the MRM2 Poisk module, the first linkup on the new component, at ~5:25am EST, completing the spacecraft’s relocation from the SM aft port in just 22 minutes. [After undocking at 5:03am, Soyuz CDR Suraev backed away from the station 25-30 m, then translated the spacecraft to the left, slewing sidewise through 90 deg along the ISS toward the bow before rotating (“indexing”) the Soyuz around its longitudinal axis to align its periscope with the EVA-24-installed docking target on the MRM2, spending a short time in station-keeping mode. Final approach began at ~5:20am, with docking at ~5:25am. After hooks and latches were engaged, the crew conducted leak checks, opened hatches (~8:30am) and then reentered the station through the MRM2.]

For the relocation, crew wakeup was shifted earlier by 4h15m to 8:45pm last night. Sleep time begins early today at ~2:00am (until 1:00am tomorrow, returning to normal schedule).

While locked out in TMA-16, the two crewmembers donned their Sokol pressure suits and conducted Soyuz checkout operations.

Next, Maxim & Jeff conducted the standard fit check of the Kazbek couches, the contoured shock absorbing seats in the Soyuz Descent Module. [For the fit check, crew members removed their cabin suits and donned Sokol KV-2 suit and comm caps, getting into in their seats and assessing the degree of comfort and uniform body support provided by the seat liner. Using a ruler, they then measured the gap between the top of the head and the top edge of the structure facing the head crown. The results were reported to TsUP. Kazbek-UM couches are designed to withstand g-loads during launch and orbital insertion as well as during reentry and brake-rocket-assisted landing. Each seat has two positions: cocked (armed) and noncocked. In cocked position, they are raised to allow the shock absorbers to function during touchdown. The fit check assures that the crewmembers, whose bodies gain in length during longer-term stay in zero-G, will still be adequately protected by the seat liners for their touchdown in Kazakhstan, either emergency or regular return.]

RS (Russian Segment) thrusters were disabled at ~12:10am for the QD (quick disconnect, BZV) screw clamps removal and hook opening.

For the relocation, ISS attitude control authority was handed over to RS motion control at 4:10am. After relocation, control returned to US momentum management at ~6:55am.

After Soyuz docking, leak checking and Sokol suit & glove drying, the thrusters were again disabled at ~7:15am for the leak checking and post-docking clamp installation (~8:50am). TMA-16 deactivation began at about 9:50am.

Jeff Williams tore down & removed the RS video “scheme” which employs TV conversion to U.S. NTSC format and Ku-band of the RS video signal from the SONY HDV camera via MPEG-2 (Moving Pictures Expert Group 2) encoder from FGB & SM, in order to downlink “streaming video” packets via U.S. OpsLAN and Ku-band. [The associated conversion laptop, an A31p (SSC-1) in the FGB, on which Oleg monitored the video stream during the relocation, was configured and later shut down by FE-5 Noguchi.]

Other post-docking activities, performed by FE-4 Kotov, included –

    * Terminating the BRTK Ku-band video transmission,
    * Reconfiguring STTS station comm to nominal mode,
    * Reactivating the MRM2 MPI Multifunction Panel (which had been turned off before undock),
    * Switching the MRM2 PrK (Transfer Tunnel)-to-Soyuz PEV (Pressure Equalization Valve, Russian: KVD) manually to its Closed position, a standard post-undocking procedure,
    * Setting PEV to electrical control position, and
    * Conducting the periodic checkout & performance verification of IP-1 airflow sensors in the various RS hatchways [inspected IP-1s are in the passageways PrK (SM Transfer Tunnel)–RO (SM Working Compartment), PkhO (SM Transfer Compartment)–RO, PkhO–DC1, PkhO–FGB PGO, PkhO-MRM2, FGB PGO–FGB GA, and FGB GA–Node-1].
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Re: Soyuz TMA-16 relocation - January 21, 2010
« Reply #33 on: 01/21/2010 10:14 PM »

"-R" the radial vector from Earth to the station - minus symbolising the direction facing down. Not sure if any of the Mir berths qualified for this, don't have time to check.

Then it wasn't an -R docking, because the space station aft end was pointed towards the Earth during the relocation. :)

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Re: Soyuz TMA-16 relocation - January 21, 2010
« Reply #34 on: 01/21/2010 10:14 PM »
Also, this is the first Soyuz relocation involving an occupied space station

Not the first.

OK, what other time was a Soyuz relocation performed with an occupied space station?

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Re: Soyuz TMA-16 relocation - January 21, 2010
« Reply #35 on: 01/21/2010 10:34 PM »
Also, this is the first Soyuz relocation involving an occupied space station

Not the first.

OK, what other time was a Soyuz relocation performed with an occupied space station?


Soyuz TMA-14 was relocated from Zvezda aft to Pirs on 2 July last year (2009).
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Re: Soyuz TMA-16 relocation - January 21, 2010
« Reply #36 on: 01/22/2010 11:08 PM »
Some photos of the relocation are now up in the Expedition 22 Image Gallery (pages 37 - 38).
www.spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/images/station/crew-22/ndxpage37.html

The photo below is especially nice - ISS viewed from TMA-16! :D
Note the recently relocated ESP-3 at it’s new location on the lower S3 Truss.
Hi-res: www.spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/images/station/crew-22/hires/iss022e033320.jpg
« Last Edit: 01/22/2010 11:11 PM by Space Pete »
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Re: Soyuz TMA-16 relocation - January 21, 2010
« Reply #37 on: 01/23/2010 06:50 PM »
A couple of historical notes here:

I believe that this is the first -R docking in LEO, ever.


Might be the first Russian -R docking, but the US did it on STS-96, 101, 106, and 92 (ISS 2A.1, 2A.2a, 2A.2b, and 3A).
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Re: Soyuz TMA-16 relocation - January 21, 2010
« Reply #38 on: 01/23/2010 06:51 PM »

"-R" the radial vector from Earth to the station - minus symbolising the direction facing down. Not sure if any of the Mir berths qualified for this, don't have time to check.

Then it wasn't an -R docking, because the space station aft end was pointed towards the Earth during the relocation. :)

Ah, good point. So the four US -Rbar dockings are still the only ones.
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Re: Soyuz TMA-16 relocation - January 21, 2010
« Reply #39 on: 01/23/2010 11:04 PM »
Some photos of the relocation are now up in the Expedition 22 Image Gallery (pages 37 - 38).
www.spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/images/station/crew-22/ndxpage37.html

The photo below is especially nice - ISS viewed from TMA-16! :D
Note the recently relocated ESP-3 at itís new location on the lower S3 Truss.
Hi-res: www.spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/images/station/crew-22/hires/iss022e033320.jpg

Shame that we will never see one of these with a shuttle in the other end
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