Author Topic: Modules currently in SSPF / Webcam updates  (Read 75861 times)

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Re: Modules currently in SSPF / Webcam updates
« Reply #180 on: 04/23/2010 05:09 PM »
Great view of MPLM FM-3 "Donatello" with all its MMOD shielding removed.
Donatello's MMOD shielding is currently being strengthened so that it can be added to PMM "Leonardo".
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Re: Modules currently in SSPF / Webcam updates
« Reply #181 on: 04/26/2010 04:35 PM »
Looks like the payload canister containing the STS-131 payloads has returned to the SSPF from OPF-3!

You can see MPLM/PMM "Leonardo" in the top-right, and the old S1 ATA in the aft of the payload canister! It’s amazing to think that until last week, that ATA had been exposed to space since STS-112 in October 2002! :o
« Last Edit: 04/26/2010 05:03 PM by Space Pete »
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Re: Modules currently in SSPF / Webcam updates
« Reply #182 on: 04/27/2010 08:53 PM »
The aft endcone is being removed from MPLM FM-1/PMM "Leonardo". Once removed, the racks inside the MPLM will be removed with the Rack Insertion Device (RID), which can be seen at the top-left of the image.
« Last Edit: 04/27/2010 08:57 PM by Space Pete »
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Re: Modules currently in SSPF / Webcam updates
« Reply #183 on: 04/27/2010 10:22 PM »
The aft endcone is being removed from MPLM FM-1/PMM "Leonardo". Once removed, the racks inside the MPLM will be removed with the Rack Insertion Device (RID), which can be seen at the top-left of the image.
This belongs and is already being posted in the STS-133 thread.
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Re: Modules currently in SSPF / Webcam updates
« Reply #184 on: 04/28/2010 12:05 AM »
The aft endcone is being removed from MPLM FM-1/PMM "Leonardo". Once removed, the racks inside the MPLM will be removed with the Rack Insertion Device (RID), which can be seen at the top-left of the image.
This belongs and is already being posted in the STS-133 thread.

I didn't think STS-133 processing/PMM modifications officially began until Leonardo has been de-serviced from STS-131?

Fair enough though - I'll post in the STS-133 thread in future.
« Last Edit: 04/28/2010 03:15 PM by Space Pete »
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Re: Modules currently in SSPF / Webcam updates
« Reply #185 on: 05/11/2010 12:44 PM »
“BREAKING NEWS: The US space agency NASA have agreed to send a fourth Node to the ISS on an additional Shuttle mission, designated STS-135. This new Node, named Node 4, will be berthed to the zenith port of Node 2.”

Ha! I WISH! ;D
I’m just kidding. This is the Node 1 STA (Structural Test Article).
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Re: Modules currently in SSPF / Webcam updates
« Reply #186 on: 05/11/2010 12:45 PM »
This is the Node 1 STA (Structural Test Article).
Ah, so that's what they brought into the SSPF a few days back...

Edit: nope, looks like it came in a little while ago...
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Re: Modules currently in SSPF / Webcam updates
« Reply #187 on: 05/11/2010 01:13 PM »
This is the Node 1 STA (Structural Test Article).
Ah, so that's what they brought into the SSPF a few days back...

Edit: nope, looks like it came in a little while ago...


IIRC, it’s in there for cleaning.

I wonder if they’ll put it on eBay post-Shuttle? That’d go great on my front lawn! ;D
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Re: Modules currently in SSPF / Webcam updates
« Reply #188 on: 05/22/2010 02:49 AM »
For those interested, here's a picture I took from the observation area of the Space Station Processing Facility on the Leonardo MPLM, as it undergoes its transformation to a PMM.
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« Reply #189 on: 05/22/2010 11:35 AM »
For those interested, here's a picture I took from the observation area of the Space Station Processing Facility on the Leonardo MPLM, as it undergoes its transformation to a PMM.

Cool, thanks a lot! ;D
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Re: Modules currently in SSPF / Webcam updates
« Reply #190 on: 05/23/2010 02:49 AM »
“BREAKING NEWS: The US space agency NASA have agreed to send a fourth Node to the ISS on an additional Shuttle mission, designated STS-135. This new Node, named Node 4, will be berthed to the zenith port of Node 2.”

Ha! I WISH! ;D
I’m just kidding. This is the Node 1 STA (Structural Test Article).


You kid...but ask yourself: why is it out on the floor??  ;)
Phillip says cleaning...but why would you clean it in a clean room?
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Re: Modules currently in SSPF / Webcam updates
« Reply #191 on: 05/23/2010 02:56 AM »
“BREAKING NEWS: The US space agency NASA have agreed to send a fourth Node to the ISS on an additional Shuttle mission, designated STS-135. This new Node, named Node 4, will be berthed to the zenith port of Node 2.”

Ha! I WISH! ;D
I’m just kidding. This is the Node 1 STA (Structural Test Article).


You kid...but ask yourself: why is it out on the floor??  ;)
Phillip says cleaning...but why would you clean it in a clean room?
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Re: Modules currently in SSPF / Webcam updates
« Reply #192 on: 05/23/2010 12:59 PM »
“BREAKING NEWS: The US space agency NASA have agreed to send a fourth Node to the ISS on an additional Shuttle mission, designated STS-135. This new Node, named Node 4, will be berthed to the zenith port of Node 2.”

Ha! I WISH! ;D
I’m just kidding. This is the Node 1 STA (Structural Test Article).


You kid...but ask yourself: why is it out on the floor??  ;)
Phillip says cleaning...but why would you clean it in a clean room?

Good point!
If STS-135 were to fly (it would be June 2011 at the earliest), that would give NASA 1 year to outfit the Node 1 STA to flight readiness level. I should think a lot of work would be involved - at the moment it’s basically a hollow shell. All the CBM, electrical, command & control, ventilation, and closeout panel hardware would have to be installed. Plus I should think the ISS software would have to be updated to accommodate it. And what about berthing ports? Maybe Node 2 Nadir would be a good location, as that would provide increased MMOD protection over Node 2 Zenith. Node 4 Nadir could then become the primary VV port, if a PDGF were installed on Node 4 to accommodate the SSRMS.
Of course, this is all purely speculation – but can you think of a better reason for congress to approve STS-135 - adding a new module to allow for future expansion of the ISS by private industry? They wouldn't be able to argue that it goes against Obama's new vision, would they? ;D
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Re: Modules currently in SSPF / Webcam updates
« Reply #193 on: 05/23/2010 03:12 PM »

Of course, this is all purely speculation – but can you think of a better reason for congress to approve STS-135 - adding a new module to allow for future expansion of the ISS by private industry? They wouldn't be able to argue that it goes against Obama's new vision, would they? ;D

The lack of ports would seem a likely reason to bring it out and make it a candidate for some future mission. Perhaps not shuttle, but there is always hope. STS-135 would not be the likely flight: ISS re-supply is far more critical at the moment.
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Re: Modules currently in SSPF / Webcam updates
« Reply #194 on: 05/23/2010 09:12 PM »
Setting aside other hurdles (such as the cost), one year wouldn't be nearly enough lead time to (among other things) fabricate the parts, outfit the test article, integrate it into current station operations (probably breaking some existing procedures/protocols), and test it for flight in its current configuration.

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Re: Modules currently in SSPF / Webcam updates
« Reply #195 on: 05/24/2010 01:18 AM »
Setting aside other hurdles (such as the cost), one year wouldn't be nearly enough lead time to (among other things) fabricate the parts, outfit the test article, integrate it into current station operations (probably breaking some existing procedures/protocols), and test it for flight in its current configuration.

How long would it take to prepare it for duty as the first element of a BLEO station?
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Re: Modules currently in SSPF / Webcam updates
« Reply #196 on: 05/24/2010 02:26 AM »
Setting aside other hurdles (such as the cost), one year wouldn't be nearly enough lead time to (among other things) fabricate the parts, outfit the test article, integrate it into current station operations (probably breaking some existing procedures/protocols), and test it for flight in its current configuration.

How long would it take to prepare it for duty as the first element of a BLEO station?

I'd say impossible, but barring that: pointless. It wasn't designed for that environment, and there is simply no point in starting something along those lines at this point, especially with such a module. Better to start with a new design optimized for the intended launch vehicle (which won't be shuttle)
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Re: Modules currently in SSPF / Webcam updates
« Reply #197 on: 05/24/2010 02:32 AM »
How long would it take to prepare it for duty as the first element of a BLEO station?

[...] pointless. [...]  Better to start with a new design optimized for the intended launch vehicle

Maybe, but how different would a new design really be, if it were optimized for the ISPR and CBM standards?
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Re: Modules currently in SSPF / Webcam updates
« Reply #198 on: 06/11/2010 09:08 PM »
Here's a hi-res photo showing the Node 1 STA undergoing *ahem* cleaning. ;)
The 2009 ASCAN class are in the foreground.

Hi-res version: http://www-pao.ksc.nasa.gov/kscpao/images/large/2010-3787.jpg
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Re: Modules currently in SSPF / Webcam updates
« Reply #199 on: 08/15/2010 12:13 PM »
It would be great if this were to be sent up but I'm curious as to what specifically the structural design flaws are mentioned here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Node_4

Anyone know? They apparently can be repaired fairly easily? Thanks

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