Author Topic: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)  (Read 49284 times)

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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #122 on: 11/17/2011 05:10 PM »
New photo of an old cosmonaut pre-launch tradition [I don't recognize the crew]:
http://image.newsru.com/pict/id/large/1424224_20111111131623.gif

This is Soyuz TM-3.

Are you sure? Because there were three crewmembers on Soyuz TM-3.

Obviously, the third one is not on the picture. But you can clearly identify Muhammed Faris.
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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #123 on: 11/17/2011 05:11 PM »
From ISS Status Report of 16th november 2011 :

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When the spacecraft’s BZV quick disconnect screw clamps of the SSVP (Docking & Internal Transfer Mechanism) were closed for rigidizing the joint, TsUP Flight Controllers and Shkaplerov ran a performance test of the MRM2 ASP (Passive Docking Assembly). The test showed that previous repair on the MRM2 hatch by Sergey had been successful. Afterwards, Volkov installed the pressurized cover of the ASP MGK pressurized hatch sealing drive. [Purpose was a remote test of the UK Contact Device on the ASP hatch cover which Sergey had installed and adjusted on 10/10. Since the test showed that Sergey had adjusted UK correctly, the device now enables hook opening with MRM2 & Soyuz hatches plus PEV (Pressure Equalization Valves, KVDs) closed, and Soyuz on standalone power. For testing the repair, the MRM2 ASP hooks were remotely commanded to close, then to be opened from by Anton from the Soyuz 28S InPU panel and again to be closed from the ground. If the test results had been negative (i.e., hooks opening from Soyuz failed), Sergey was to have disconnected the UK device from the onboard cable network and cap the latter’s connector.]

Do we know more about this UK device ?
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From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 17/11/2011.

ISS Reboost:
A one-burn reboost of the ISS will be performed tomorrow morning at 4:07 AM GMT using the two KD engines of the SM's ODU (Integrated Propulsion System) for a burn duration of 3m 37s and a planned Delta-V of 3.42 m/s, increasing mean altitude by 5.95 km. The purpose of the reboost is to set up phasing for Soyuz TMA-02M/27S landing.
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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #125 on: 11/18/2011 10:28 AM »
The reboost was successfully performed today.

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From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 18/11/2011.

At ~8:10 AM GMT, Sergey Volkov & Satoshi Furukawa spent ~2h on a teleconference with ground specialists to discuss the upcoming Soyuz TMA-02M/27S descent procedures and changes to the previous procedures, covering an update test of the RO DK (manual attitude control by digital loop) mode after undocking, and responding to the performance anomaly of DPO-B rendezvous & docking thruster #14 observed during the descent of Soyuz TMA-01M/24S (the first digital spacecraft version). [(1) An update/repeat of the RO DK test is necessitated by the fact that Soyuz 24S (#701) undocked from MRM-2, while 27S (#702, the 2nd digital version of the spacecraft), will be undocking from MRM-1. This requires a 40-deg roll maneuver during the test after initiation of stationkeeping at 50 m.  (2) The off-nominal performance of thruster #14 on 24S during descent on 03/16/11 on orbit 17, a thrust underperformance of 40-60% nominal, had no impact on the nominal descent which uses the SKD main engine. Updates were now introduced in the control system for the event of an SKD failure during the execution of the de-orbit burn.]
Pete's note: Interesting that another post-undock test maneuver will be performed by Soyuz TMA-02M, as happened with Soyuz TMA-01M.

ISS Reboost Update:
This morning's ISS reboost by the two KD engines of the SM's ODU (Integrated Propulsion System) was performed on time (4:07 AM GMT) with a burn duration of 3 min 37 sec, yielding a delta-V of 3.55 m/s (planned: 3.40 m/s, i.e., a slight overburn but still within the tolerance range of +/- 5% of delta-V. The amount of propellant used was 468.6 kg. Mean altitude gain: 6.22 km (planned: 5.95 km). Afterwards, ISS was at a mean altitude of 392.6 km, with 418.8 km apogee & 366.4 km perigee height. Purpose of the reboost was to set up phasing for Soyuz TMA-02M/27S landing.
« Last Edit: 11/18/2011 09:14 PM by Space Pete »
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The ISS change of command ceremony between Mike Fossum and Dan Burbank will occur today at 8:45 PM GMT (~3 hours from time of post).
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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #129 on: 11/20/2011 10:05 PM »
The ISS change of command ceremony between Mike Fossum and Dan Burbank will occur today at 8:45 PM GMT (~3 hours from time of post).

Any video from this yet?
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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #130 on: 11/21/2011 01:50 PM »
The ISS change of command ceremony between Mike Fossum and Dan Burbank will occur today at 8:45 PM GMT (~3 hours from time of post).

Any video from this yet?


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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #131 on: 11/21/2011 02:44 PM »
I noticed the Expedition 30-31 Press Kit has been released.  The previous one was for Expedition 27-28.  What happened to the Press Kit for Expedition 29?

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I noticed the Expedition 30-31 Press Kit has been released.  The previous one was for Expedition 27-28.  What happened to the Press Kit for Expedition 29?

Press Kit for Expedition 29 was never released.

Probably because there wasn't really much to write about - apart from the scientific program that runs through all increments, Expedition 29 wasn't particularly notable due to only 3 crew, no Shuttle missions, no VVs, no EVAs, etc. Also all the uncertainty about decrewing would've made a Press Kit hard to write. In the end, NASA probably thought it didn't warrant a Press Kit.
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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #133 on: 11/21/2011 03:35 PM »
Expedition 29 wasn't particularly notable due to only 3 crew, no Shuttle missions, no VVs

One VV : Progress M-13M !  ;)
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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #134 on: 11/21/2011 06:52 PM »
Exp 29 hatch closure / pre-undocking coverage is now on live NASA TV. Hatches closed.

edit:
~3 hours from undock, leak checks under way.
« Last Edit: 11/21/2011 07:01 PM by hop »

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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #135 on: 11/21/2011 07:35 PM »
No audio at work, is that Mark or Scott Kelly on the NASA TV feed?
Best quote heard during an inspection, "I was unaware that I was the only one who was aware."

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No audio at work, is that Mark or Scott Kelly on the NASA TV feed?

I guess it's Scott, since Mark is retired.

Edit: Confirmed as Scott - no moustache! :D
« Last Edit: 11/21/2011 07:42 PM by Space Pete »
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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #137 on: 11/21/2011 07:43 PM »
No audio at work, is that Mark or Scott Kelly on the NASA TV feed?
Not sure whats showing now, live coverage is over for the moment. Undock coverage begins at 5:30 PM EST. (22:30 GMT)

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We'll create a sep live thread for undocking and landing....Pete's article going on shortly to lead it.


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