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Re: Challenger STS 51-B (Spacelab 3) / Monkey Business
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Re: Challenger STS 51-B (Spacelab 3) / Monkey Business
« Reply #21 on: 01/17/2012 09:13 PM »
Bob Overmyer gave an interesting detail about the shirts during the post-flight press conference: “The biggest trick about this was eating breakfast with those shirts on and then packing them up and getting them aboard the shuttle, so we could have them aboard for our crew picture.” – They obviously had only one set of those special shirts… So don’t spill your coffee or orange juice, guys!  :)

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Re: Challenger STS 51-B (Spacelab 3) / Monkey Business
« Reply #22 on: 01/17/2012 09:16 PM »

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Re: Challenger STS 51-B (Spacelab 3) / Monkey Business
« Reply #23 on: 01/17/2012 09:24 PM »
PAO: The crew is moving down the hallways at this point. The will get into the elevator that will take them down to the first floor. And from the first floor they will be exiting the building. And we see them now. Here is the mission 51-B flight crew, lead by Commander Bob Overmyer and Pilot Fred Gregory, Mission Specialist Don Lind, Taylor Wang and the rest of the crew… William Thornton, Norman Thagard and Lodewijk van den Berg.

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Re: Challenger STS 51-B (Spacelab 3) / Monkey Business
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Re: Challenger STS 51-B (Spacelab 3) / Monkey Business
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Re: Challenger STS 51-B (Spacelab 3) / Monkey Business
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Re: Challenger STS 51-B (Spacelab 3) / Monkey Business
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Re: Challenger STS 51-B (Spacelab 3) / Monkey Business
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Re: Challenger STS 51-B (Spacelab 3) / Monkey Business
« Reply #29 on: 01/17/2012 09:42 PM »
PAO: T-9 minutes and counting…. Mission Control in Houston has now turned on the auxiliary data system at T-8 minutes 30 seconds… T-8 minutes 20 seconds and counting… T-8 minutes and counting, the Orbiter Test Conductor Roger Gillette has requested that Houston sends the stored program commands, which is the final update on the antenna management based on the lift-off time. It also sets the system which makes the orbiter compatible with the downrange tracking stations. T-7 minutes 40 seconds and counting… few seconds now from the retraction of the orbiter access arm… T-7 minutes 30 seconds, and we are go for orbiter access arm retract. The ground launch sequencer has now started retracting that access arm, that’s the walkway used by the astronauts to climb into the vehicle. Should an emergency require the re-extension of that arm, the arm can be put back in about 15 to 20 seconds… T-7 minutes and counting, 7 minutes from the launch of Challenger on the Spacelab 3 mission…. T-6 minutes 30 seconds and counting… T-6 minutes and 15 seconds and counting… T-6 minutes and counting, the Orbiter Test Conductor has given pilot Gregory a go to perform the Auxiliary Power Unit prestart. Fred Gregory will configure the switches in the cockpit to put those APUs into ready-to-start configuration… T-5 minutes 40 seconds… T-5 minutes 30 seconds, pilot Gregory reports that APU prestart is complete. Mission Control has transmitted the signal and the onboard flight recorders are running, T-5 minutes 5 seconds and counting…
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Re: Challenger STS 51-B (Spacelab 3) / Monkey Business
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Re: Challenger STS 51-B (Spacelab 3) / Monkey Business
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Re: Challenger STS 51-B (Spacelab 3) / Monkey Business
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Re: Challenger STS 51-B (Spacelab 3) / Monkey Business
« Reply #33 on: 01/17/2012 09:52 PM »
PAO: T-5 minutes and counting we have a go for APU start… and we have a request over the net to hold the countdown at T-4 minutes. The reason for the hold is that the LOX replenish termination was not accomplished; LOX drain back has not been started… T-4 minutes 10 seconds… T-4 minutes and holding, we are holding at this point because of the failure to initiate LOX drain back and LOX replenish. Workers are talking the situation over on the net…  I’m repeating, we are holding at T-4 minutes and we have a recommendation from the LOX console that the LOX drain back be started manually from the console and that the countdown start 55 seconds after that. We’ll stand by on when that countdown will start. Still holding at T-4 minutes… Pilot Gregory reports that all three APUs are up and running and all indications are normal… LOX console reports that the LOX replenish and drain back has been initiated. We are standing by to resume the countdown, and that will occur in about 30 seconds… SRO reporting that we have a final clear to launch when we resume the countdown.

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Re: Challenger STS 51-B (Spacelab 3) / Monkey Business
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Re: Challenger STS 51-B (Spacelab 3) / Monkey Business
« Reply #35 on: 01/17/2012 10:03 PM »
PAO: 3… 2... 1… mark, we are at T-4 minutes and counting… flight crew has been ordered to close their visors, the count has resumed. We are counting at 3 minutes 48 seconds and counting… total time in that hold was about 2 minutes 30 seconds, we will launch 2 minutes 30 seconds approximately after straight up noon. T-3 minutes 30 seconds and counting… T-3 minutes 15 seconds and counting… next major event in the countdown will be at 2 minutes 30 seconds, when the pilot Fred Gregory will clear the caution and memory system, T-3 minutes and counting… we are go for liquid oxygen pressurization of the external tank, T-2 minutes 45 seconds… T-2 minutes 30 seconds and counting, pilot Gregory now being told to clear the caution and memory system, and he is clearing as we speak – and no unexpected errors reported. T-2 minutes 15 seconds and counting… Liquid oxygen tank should now be approaching flight pressure… T-2 minutes and counting… the beanie cap has been removed from the external tank top and is now being cleared back on its umbilical arm. That arm will be clear in time for launch. T-1 hour… one minute 45 seconds and counting… The liquid oxygen tank is pressurized, liquid hydrogen tank now pressurizing… T-90 seconds mark… liquid hydrogen tank has pressurized and the range is ready… T-1 minute 10 seconds and counting… next major milestone occurs at T-31 seconds with the go for auto sequence start… mark, T-1 minute, 60 seconds and counting to the launch of Challenger and Spacelab 3… T-45 seconds mark, standing by now for the T-31 seconds auto sequence start… T-35 seconds… T-30 seconds and counting, we are now on auto sequence start, Challenger’s four computers now controlling the critical vehicle functions from now through lift-off.
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Re: Challenger STS 51-B (Spacelab 3) / Monkey Business
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« Reply #38 on: 01/17/2012 10:27 PM »
PAO: T-20 seconds and counting… T-18 seconds and the SR… T-15… 13… 12… 11… 10… 9… 8… 7… go for main engine start, 6… we have main engine start, all three engines up and running… 3… 2… 1… 0… SRB ignition and Challenger and Spacelab 3 is airborne and has cleared the tower.

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