Author Topic: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates  (Read 295170 times)

Online Chris Bergin

Coverage of Atlantis post flight and T&R processing - as much as she and Endeavour remain under a "do no harm" order based on ensuring they are not processed outside of a norminal flow. I have a major interview in work on this subject.

Main links of use:

Atlantis' forum section for other threads:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?board=3.0


L2 Members:
STS-135 Special Section:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?action=tags&tags=STS-135

Change the URL tag to =STS-XXX (enter mission) for other missions.

All STS-135 News Articles can be found on this link:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/tag/sts-135/

Change URL to /sts-xxx/ (enter mission) for other missions.

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/tag/t&r/ - for retirement specific articles.

Atlantis' entire service history:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=25785.0

Latest post mission articles:

Atlantis arrives home to Kennedy – An emotional finale for Shuttle:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2011/07/atlantis-kennedy-an-emotional-finale-for-shuttle/


Atlantis into down processing after MER review notes flawless return:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2011/07/atlantis-down-processing-mer-review-notes-flawless-return/


Director Cabana makes emotional tribute to the Kennedy workforce:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2011/07/director-cabana-emotional-tribute-workforce/

Keep the faith.

Online Chris Bergin

Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #1 on: 07/26/2011 05:44 AM »
And she's still providing more items to add to her legacy:

Atlantis gifts TriDAR to Orbital’s Cygnus for ISS rendezvous and docking:

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2011/07/atlantis-gifts-tridar-orbitals-cygnus-iss-rendezvous-docking/

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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #2 on: 07/27/2011 02:14 PM »


Here is a link to the article on msnbc.com about the plaque which was left over the cockpit screen by the crew.
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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #4 on: 07/27/2011 02:30 PM »
Thanks, sorry I meant to put the link to the MSNC article, I didnt realize I forgot to do it.
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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #5 on: 08/03/2011 07:11 AM »
The Raffaello MPLM, plus the LMC carrier with pump module, have been removed from the cargobay of Atlantis, and placed inside the transport canister.
Pictures available at the SpaceflightNow website. http://www.spaceflightnow.com/shuttle/sts135/payloadremoval/index2.html
I guess they will show up shortly on the KSC gallery page.

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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #6 on: 08/11/2011 11:14 AM »
FRCS has been removed, SSME's removed next week

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Atlantis Techs removed the forward reaction control system on the shuttle's nose. Engines are expected to be removed next week.

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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #8 on: 08/16/2011 06:29 PM »
Pix of FRCS removal last week are up; T&R "activities" section for all three orbiters:
http://mediaarchive.ksc.nasa.gov/search.cfm?cat=231

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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #9 on: 08/17/2011 11:25 AM »
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Techs will finish up preparations today in order to remove #shuttle Atlantis' main engines. Removal is expected to begin Thursday.

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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #10 on: 08/18/2011 10:42 PM »
Chris, are there any updates on the order to do no harm to Atlantis and Endeavour? Has it now been removed ?

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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #11 on: 08/19/2011 11:01 PM »
Two engines have been removed

http://mediaarchive.ksc.nasa.gov/
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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #12 on: 08/22/2011 12:41 PM »
Today, the last ever SSME will be removed from an orbiter. :(

"Techs will remove shuttle Atlantis' final main engine today and transport it to Kennedy's engine shop. Engines 2&3 were removed last week."

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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #13 on: 08/22/2011 01:06 PM »
Chris, are there any updates on the order to do no harm to Atlantis and Endeavour? Has it now been removed ?
Based on this, probably:
http://www.cbsnews.com/network/news/space/home/spacenews/files/4d41c74e138f2b8c372a9d1d9bb4601c-322.html

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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #14 on: 08/23/2011 03:17 PM »
The last engine was removed yesterday ;-(
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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #15 on: 08/23/2011 11:30 PM »
And images of the final SSME removal:

http://mediaarchive.ksc.nasa.gov/search.cfm?cat=4

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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #16 on: 08/24/2011 01:55 PM »
Regarding the latest article that Atlantis and Endeavour can technically fly two flights per year:

Can some one elaborate more on how United Space Alliance can do this? (technically).

1. Even for STS-135, there is a debate that Discovery will be used instead of Atlantis citing Atlantis was due for an OMDP etc. So how can Atlantis can continue flying without a significant gap according to the current situation?

2. Where will the boosters and ETs come from? (and on what time frames?)

3. Atlantis does not have a SSTPS capability as such it cant do a mission of no more than 12 days. This limitation was also seen on STS-135 where only a single day was added. If Atlantis is going to be fitted with SSTPS, how long will it take ?





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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #17 on: 08/24/2011 02:36 PM »

1. Even for STS-135, there is a debate that Discovery will be used instead of Atlantis citing Atlantis was due for an OMDP etc. So how can Atlantis can continue flying without a significant gap according to the current situation?


I forgot where I learned this, but based from it, they did Atlantis' OMDP on her OPF in increments (?) while Discovery and Endeavour were prepping for their final (still hoping for a miracle that it wont be, at least for Endeavour) flights...

please correct me if I'm wrong guys... thanks
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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #18 on: 08/24/2011 02:43 PM »
Regarding the latest article that Atlantis and Endeavour can technically fly two flights per year:

Can some one elaborate more on how United Space Alliance can do this? (technically).
Discussed at length here:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=24010.0

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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #19 on: 08/29/2011 02:23 PM »
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Techs conduct "power up" testing on Atlantis today. They'll also continue orbital maneuvering & reaction control systems venting

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