Author Topic: NASA managers approve STS-135 mission planning for June 28, 2011 launch  (Read 123099 times)


Offline kraisee

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Good article Chris!   I think you're the first site to be confirming that.

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Good article Chris!   I think you're the first site to be confirming that.

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Yes indeed. Excellent news!
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Good article Chris!   I think you're the first site to be confirming that.

Ross.

There's some JSC people on twitter talking about dancing around (happy) about it.


and wow!

NASA and it's 500,000 followers:

"NASA @NASASpaceflight NASA has asked to move the STS-335 launch on need flight to June to streamline planning *IF* STS-135 becomes real."

PAO not too happy then. We did check the context and noted the funding element etc.

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That's grand.

So, does the failed PM get to come down on 135?

cheers, Martin

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That's grand.

So, does the failed PM get to come down on 135?

cheers, Martin

That appears to be part of the plan, based on comments I saw in the article.
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That's grand.

So, does the failed PM get to come down on 135?

cheers, Martin

That appears to be part of the plan, based on comments I saw in the article.

Yup. This is totaly awesome news: the failed PM has a chance to come back.

Oh, and STS-135...can't forget that  ;)  :)

I can't wait to see what goes up on the LMC, and in the MPLM. SO many choices, and best yet: the PMM will be in place and they can stuff it full if they need to.
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What is the purpose of staging an EVA using the station crew during STS-135? (Unless a shuttle crew member is involved)

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Have not read the article yet but from what I think they have to use ISS crew member because there are only 4 shuttle crew members for this mission and they will need an EVA for whatever they carry on the LMC thus needing the ISS crew members to perform an EVA
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Just as a note, ISS EVA crewmembers will likely be Ron Garan & Mike Fossum, as they will be the only US crewmembers on ISS during Expedition 28/STS-135. A bonus of using Garan & Fossum is that they both made EVAs together during STS-124 in June 2008! :)
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All right! Atlantis flies again. :)

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Does anyone know what the ISS assembly designation would be for STS-135?  ULF7 maybe?
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Just as a note, ISS EVA crewmembers will likely be Ron Garan & Mike Fossum, as they will be the only US crewmembers on ISS during Expedition 28/STS-135. A bonus of using Garan & Fossum is that they both made EVAs together during STS-124 in June 2008! :)

Still, two shuttle crew members will have to be trained for EVA in the event of a contingency spacewalk, as per normal procedure.

Something that occurred to me, what will the seating look like on launch and entry? Its been a long time since a four crew flight (STS-6!) Will they do it like STS-6 with all four on the flight deck, or STS-5, one MS on the flight deck and another on the mid-deck (done mainly due to Columbia's flight deck not being ready for a fourth seat....maybe done for STS-135 due to the hatch escape system on the mid-deck)?
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Just as a note, ISS EVA crewmembers will likely be Ron Garan & Mike Fossum, as they will be the only US crewmembers on ISS during Expedition 28/STS-135. A bonus of using Garan & Fossum is that they both made EVAs together during STS-124 in June 2008! :)

Still, two shuttle crew members will have to be trained for EVA in the event of a contingency spacewalk, as per normal procedure.

Something that occurred to me, what will the seating look like on launch and entry? Its been a long time since a four crew flight (STS-6!) Will they do it like STS-6 with all four on the flight deck, or STS-5, one MS on the flight deck and another on the mid-deck (done mainly due to Columbia's flight deck not being ready for a fourth seat....maybe done for STS-135 due to the hatch escape system on the mid-deck)?

They'll all be on the flight deck.  Remember that every flight's MS1 has to video the external tank as it falls away after MECO (although his/her duties might include still photos on STS-135 since he/she will be the only one documenting the discarded ET).
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Just as a note, ISS EVA crewmembers will likely be Ron Garan & Mike Fossum, as they will be the only US crewmembers on ISS during Expedition 28/STS-135. A bonus of using Garan & Fossum is that they both made EVAs together during STS-124 in June 2008! :)

Still, two shuttle crew members will have to be trained for EVA in the event of a contingency spacewalk, as per normal procedure.

Something that occurred to me, what will the seating look like on launch and entry? Its been a long time since a four crew flight (STS-6!) Will they do it like STS-6 with all four on the flight deck, or STS-5, one MS on the flight deck and another on the mid-deck (done mainly due to Columbia's flight deck not being ready for a fourth seat....maybe done for STS-135 due to the hatch escape system on the mid-deck)?

They'll all be on the flight deck.  Remember that every flight's MS1 has to video the external tank as it falls away after MECO (although his/her duties might include still photos on STS-135 since he/she will be the only one documenting the discarded ET).

I should imagine they'll pack the mid-deck with as much cargo as they possibly can.
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Great news but I wonder about the unlikely rescue plan.  Wouldn't it make more sense to wait til there was an ISS crew rotation?  only 3 on station when 135 docks - that way the next 3 coming up could step aside for a resuce mission?

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I should imagine they'll pack the mid-deck with as much cargo as they possibly can.

Any cargo would go in the mid-deck lockers or behind / under the trampoline as normal. They wouldn't block the escape pole, the hatch jetison panel on the port side or the cutaway area on the starboard side wall.

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Great news but I wonder about the unlikely rescue plan.  Wouldn't it make more sense to wait til there was an ISS crew rotation?  only 3 on station when 135 docks - that way the next 3 coming up could step aside for a resuce mission?

They will want as many hands a possible to unload the MPLM while everything else is going on.

Offline Chris Bergin

Working another article that has STS-135 relation. Someone asked the question about the tank designations....willl be on that, with relevance to STS-134, and also a section on ET-94.

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