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Re: Discovery STS 41-D / A new orbiter sets sail
« Reply #220 on: 01/04/2012 04:41 PM »
As a little additional treat  :)  here are pictures and a short “Today” excerpt reporting on the events of June 2, 1984 – the day Discovery shook the ground at KSC for the very first time – during her 18-second FRF:

The test-firing of Discovery's three main engines was declared the most successful of any shuttle, although an analysis of test results were not expected to be completed before June 4th. The 18-second test at launch pad 39-A took place at 11:01 a.m. EDT. Restrained by hold-down posts, the shuttle lifted slightly off the pad before dropping back in place. When the engines were cut, the Discovery rocked for about a minute, settling at a northward tilt of about 1 foot, said launch manager Robert Sieck. The tilt - known as the "twang effect" - normally follows initial engine thrust, and corrects itself, Sieck said. NASA spokesman Rocky Raab said launch managers planned to set a firm date for Discovery's maiden flight by the morning of June 5th.Thomas Utsman, director of shuttle management and operations, said preliminary data showed no leaks or equipment failures, and that the test countdown went smoothly. "I think it shows the maturity of the hardware," he said. (TODAY, Jun. 3, 1984.)



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Re: Discovery STS 41-D / A new orbiter sets sail
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Re: Discovery STS 41-D / A new orbiter sets sail
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Re: Discovery STS 41-D / A new orbiter sets sail
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Re: Discovery STS 41-D / A new orbiter sets sail
« Reply #224 on: 01/05/2012 01:24 AM »
Interesting related historical clip on YT: "Shuttle Discovery Nov 8 1983 at Carswell AFB, Ft. Worth, Texas"; this would be one of the stops on the original delivery ferry from Edwards AFB (Vandenberg AFB being the other).



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Re: Discovery STS 41-D / A new orbiter sets sail
« Reply #225 on: 01/16/2012 09:31 PM »
I just wanted to post a quick thanks to Ares67 for putting all this together.  I've had it open in a window for a week and have been going through it as I got time, and just finished.  Having the transcripts and Mullane quotes really made it great.

There it is! Success!

Take cover, Castro! Hank has done it again! ;D

(I won't get into details here, but those of you who have read Mike Mullane's "Riding Rockets" will know what I'm hinting at...)

And I'll echo what several have said already:  that Mike Mullane book is an absolute must-read for any space / shuttle fan.  He comes off as a real prick at first, but grows on you more and more by each page.  Incredible insight into what life is really like for astronauts.
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Re: Discovery STS 41-D / A new orbiter sets sail
« Reply #226 on: 01/17/2012 04:37 PM »
Thank you for these threads; most of these missions occurred when I was a wee lad. Despite living only a few miles from all the action, I don't remember the context or details.



These are my favorite shots of the orbiters.  They are at their most beautiful as they go into pre-flare and flare, right before the landing gear descend. 

The rational side of me recognizes that the Shuttle program had to end.  Regardless, I will miss these sights terribly.

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Re: Discovery STS 41-D / A new orbiter sets sail
« Reply #227 on: 05/22/2012 05:01 PM »
Thank you for these threads; most of these missions occurred when I was a wee lad. Despite living only a few miles from all the action, I don't remember the context or details.



These are my favorite shots of the orbiters.  They are at their most beautiful as they go into pre-flare and flare, right before the landing gear descend. 

The rational side of me recognizes that the Shuttle program had to end.  Regardless, I will miss these sights terribly.



I love these shots of the Orbiters too!
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Re: Discovery STS 41-D / A new orbiter sets sail
« Reply #228 on: 05/23/2012 08:46 AM »
Hi, Disco747, I think you - and many others - will love these photos, too... :)

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Re: Discovery STS 41-D / A new orbiter sets sail
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Re: Discovery STS 41-D / A new orbiter sets sail
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Re: Discovery STS 41-D / A new orbiter sets sail
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Re: Discovery STS 41-D / A new orbiter sets sail
« Reply #233 on: 05/23/2012 12:38 PM »
And while I'm at it - here is a "scary" story told by 41-D pilot Mike Coats.

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Re: Discovery STS 41-D / A new orbiter sets sail
« Reply #234 on: 08/23/2013 11:35 PM »
My favorite crew! Zoo crew! Great work Area67.. An added kudos for the hysterical article from Mike Coats that you ended with :)
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Re: Discovery STS 41-D / A new orbiter sets sail
« Reply #235 on: 08/24/2013 09:38 PM »
I notice they were very far from centerline after roll-out.. was there a some reason, such as no steering done (intentionally?) Usually they'd drift one way or another but would correct for centerline by the time they were stopped...


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« Reply #236 on: 08/24/2013 10:16 PM »
I notice they were very far from centerline after roll-out.. was there a some reason, such as no steering done (intentionally?) Usually they'd drift one way or another but would correct for centerline by the time they were stopped...
Leaking Schrader valve on the right main landing gear shock strut.  Elaboration in the Mission Report, In-Flight Anomaly List, and so on; the "executive summary" for the Mission Report was posted here at the end of 2006:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=2788.msg101361#msg101361

(The Mission Report used to be on NTRS; no idea if or when that might return.  There's a version of the IFA list on L2.)
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Re: Discovery STS 41-D / A new orbiter sets sail
« Reply #237 on: 09/11/2013 11:36 PM »
Thanks for posting these...the start of an icon! I just wish hi-def cameras were in use from the start of the programme...think how all these shots could be even better... :)
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