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Title: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: Chris Bergin on 04/15/2016 04:44 pm
Live coverage thread for Saturday's live coverage of the BEAM installation, following arrival inside the CRS-8 Dragon's trunk.

Article:
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2016/04/beam-iss-installation-dragon-handover/

CRS-8 Articles:
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/?s=CRS-8

CRS-8 Specific Threads:
https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?board=55.0

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This thread will be used for the installation and its test period while at the ISS.
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: starhawk92 on 04/15/2016 06:31 pm
Will NASA TV be covering this?  Anyone know?
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: Cherokee43v6 on 04/15/2016 06:37 pm
Will NASA TV be covering this?  Anyone know?

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/schedule.html

Quote
5:30 a.m., Saturday, April 16 - Coverage of the Installation of the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) to the ISS (all channels)
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: Nomadd on 04/15/2016 06:40 pm
 Is there anything in all these threads about why they're taking so long to inflate this thing?
Title: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 04/15/2016 06:46 pm
Note that the NASA TV time is 5:30am Eastern, so 9:30am UTC.
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: Cherokee43v6 on 04/15/2016 06:55 pm
Is there anything in all these threads about why they're taking so long to inflate this thing?

Inflation's not scheduled until sometime in May.  Probably want to have all the VVs out of the way in case the pimple goes pop.  After-all, zits are part of being a teenager.
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: Elladan on 04/15/2016 07:24 pm
They're waiting for a lull in station operations when it won't interfere with all the other work so much. Lots of vehicles to unload right now etc.

There will be high sun angle in May as I understand it causing a lull.
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: Endeavour_01 on 04/15/2016 08:07 pm
Been looking forward to seeing this for a while and its happening just in time for my space exploration lecture! :)

Inflation's not scheduled until sometime in May.  Probably want to have all the VVs out of the way in case the pimple goes pop.  After-all, zits are part of being a teenager.

I wonder how much of a debris problem that would cause. It could be very bad but I doubt it will happen. NASA and Bigelow have thought this through very well.

It does raise a question though about whether the B330 that BA wants to put on ISS would be inflated first and then attached or vice versa. I'll take that question to a more relevant thread.
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: Sam Ho on 04/15/2016 09:34 pm
I wonder how much of a debris problem that would cause. It could be very bad but I doubt it will happen. NASA and Bigelow have thought this through very well.

It does raise a question though about whether the B330 that BA wants to put on ISS would be inflated first and then attached or vice versa. I'll take that question to a more relevant thread.
Fabric has a really low ballistic coefficient.  Any fragments would drop out of orbit quickly.
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: Space Pete on 04/15/2016 10:19 pm
From the ISS stream - Petals being opened on the Node 3 Aft CBM hatch, and a view of some alignment guides and hook.

Credit to @Ian_Benecken on Twitter, and posted with his permission.
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: axmor61 on 04/16/2016 12:25 am
No LIVE stream of the BEAM removal?
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: DaveS on 04/16/2016 12:29 am
No LIVE stream of the BEAM removal?
That will happen much later, time I have seen is around 2am EDT (0600 UTC).
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: Targeteer on 04/16/2016 01:18 am
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/live-iss-stream  If you want to watch live :)
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: Chris Bergin on 04/16/2016 01:54 am
If you guys could cover the first part, I'll be up for the second part (my timezone).

Article for the event:

https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2016/04/beam-iss-installation-dragon-handover/

And of course, amazing Nathan L2 renders! :)
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: psloss on 04/16/2016 02:10 am
From the ISS stream - Petals being opened on the Node 3 Aft CBM hatch, and a view of some alignment guides and hook.

Credit to @Ian_Benecken on Twitter, and posted with his permission.
Live stream archived OK; attached that sped-up sequence (petal opening, inspection).
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: Flying Beaver on 04/16/2016 02:29 am
Canadarm moving in to grapple BEAM right now.
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: Flying Beaver on 04/16/2016 02:35 am
In position to grapple.
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: Borklund on 04/16/2016 02:48 am
Is there a fixed timeline for any of this, or is it all depending on how each step goes?
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: Flying Beaver on 04/16/2016 03:11 am
LOS currently.
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: psloss on 04/16/2016 03:37 am
Short bit of the pre-grapple sequence, sped-up.
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: Flying Beaver on 04/16/2016 04:17 am
Out of LOS it seems.
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: Flying Beaver on 04/16/2016 04:47 am
Closer...
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: northenarc on 04/16/2016 05:48 am
 Nice view
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: Celebrimbor on 04/16/2016 06:21 am
BEAM appears to have been completely  freed from the trunk
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: NovaSilisko on 04/16/2016 06:21 am
Out it comes. I saw some lightning on the stream just a minute ago, which was neat too.
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: NovaSilisko on 04/16/2016 06:28 am
Watching the work on CRS-8's core has steeled me for the slowness of the extraction of BEAM.
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: fredinno on 04/16/2016 06:35 am
From the ISS stream - Petals being opened on the Node 3 Aft CBM hatch, and a view of some alignment guides and hook.

Credit to @Ian_Benecken on Twitter, and posted with his permission.

I know this is off-topic, but is the former location of PMA-3 on Node 3 of the ISS planning to be used by anything in the future?
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/6f/ISS_configuration_2011-05_en.svg/2000px-ISS_configuration_2011-05_en.svg.png
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: glanmor05 on 04/16/2016 06:39 am
Can I ask where you are grabbing these screen shot from? Can I watch live somewhere?
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: NovaSilisko on 04/16/2016 06:41 am
Can I ask where you are grabbing these screen shot from? Can I watch live somewhere?

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/live-iss-stream


Starting to rotate. Something bright enough to show up on the camera passing beneath as the station went over the southern tip of South America.
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: NovaSilisko on 04/16/2016 06:45 am
Bring it around... easy... easy...

And here comes the sun.

The solar arrays are moving, too, back to a position to better catch sunlight after being positioned in low-drag mode when in Earth's shadow.

(They do that, right?)
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: NovaSilisko on 04/16/2016 06:52 am
Wonderful view once again. Cygnus and Dragon frame the shot nicely.

Coming up on the horn of Africa.
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: NovaSilisko on 04/16/2016 06:58 am
I wonder if they'll be pushing live attachment coverage forward, or if they'll hold til the scheduled time so the crew can be awake for it? Presumably the latter.
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: NovaSilisko on 04/16/2016 07:08 am
And away from the cameras for a little while.
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: NovaSilisko on 04/16/2016 07:23 am
Pictures return. BEAM hasn't moved much.

I think this will be it for me. The transfer seems to be paused for now, the mesmerizing view of the Earth rolling by is a bit too relaxing, and it's late at night.
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: okan170 on 04/16/2016 07:44 am
Reaching around the back of Node 3...
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: okan170 on 04/16/2016 07:46 am
Orbital sunset
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: NovaSilisko on 04/16/2016 07:51 am
Some comm chatter, didn't catch much of it but I heard mention of cable swaps. Jeff Williams and MCC, I think.

MCC: "I like your vantage point better."
Williams: "We're trying to share it with you."

(nope, I'm still not in bed...)
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: okan170 on 04/16/2016 07:52 am
Sounds like a reboot was done and they're waiting for things to finish to start up.  Astros went over to look at BEAM, PCBM inspection completed with no issues and they're heading to Node 3 aft.

And I've got to head off too, I'll leave you with a quick reoriented and undistorted frame from earlier!
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: Solar_OPS on 04/16/2016 08:11 am
Pictures return. BEAM hasn't moved much.

There has been a image survey of the BEAM the berthing port (PCBM) first.
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: Solar_OPS on 04/16/2016 08:14 am
In position to grapple.

Has this been the first ever FRGF grapple from ground? Looks like it. Great job ROBO!
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: Solar_OPS on 04/16/2016 08:25 am
BEAM coming into view of the Node 3 CBM centre line camera.
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: Solar_OPS on 04/16/2016 08:39 am
BEAM aligned and closing in on the berthing port.
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: Chris Bergin on 04/16/2016 09:04 am
Great work with the overnight guys!

NASA TV (Public) live in 30 mins, but the ISS channel has kept us informed it would appear!
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: Chris Bergin on 04/16/2016 09:09 am
I tell a lie, they've just gone live now.
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: Chris Bergin on 04/16/2016 09:12 am
Arm in motion.
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: Chris Bergin on 04/16/2016 09:14 am
ROBO screen
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: Chris Bergin on 04/16/2016 09:16 am
Orbital sunset - which isn't great timing.
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: Chris Bergin on 04/16/2016 09:21 am
RTL complete. Go for first stage capture.
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: Chris Bergin on 04/16/2016 09:25 am
SSRMS to limp. Go for second stage capture.
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: Chris Bergin on 04/16/2016 09:26 am
15 mins ahead of schedule. Orbital night, so no views.
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: Chris Bergin on 04/16/2016 09:29 am
Jeff Williams having a bit of an issue hitting "yes" on a command.
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: Chris Bergin on 04/16/2016 09:37 am
Second stage capture complete - installed!

Updated article:
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2016/04/beam-iss-installation-dragon-handover/
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: Chris Bergin on 04/16/2016 09:39 am
Tim Kopra photo....
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: Chris Bergin on 04/16/2016 09:46 am
NASA TV hanging around for daylight for some images.
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: Chris Bergin on 04/16/2016 09:48 am
"The first human rated expandable module to be flown in space, now attached to a big vehicle with humans on board" :)
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: Chris Bergin on 04/16/2016 09:52 am
Well one view:

NASA TV ending coverage.
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: Mapperuo on 04/16/2016 10:34 am
https://youtu.be/a8Q49Mss9iw
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: John44 on 04/16/2016 12:22 pm
Expedition 47 - Installation of the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM)
http://www.space-multimedia.nl.eu.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9820
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: yg1968 on 04/16/2016 02:54 pm
Archived video of NASA TV coverage (starts at 2h58m of the first video and continues at the beginning of the second one):

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/85706953
http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/85710521
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: yg1968 on 04/16/2016 03:21 pm
The archived Live ISS videos go further back in the timeline (starts at 30 minutes of the first video):

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/85706410

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/85709861
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: axmor61 on 04/16/2016 08:33 pm
Is there any image survey of the Dragon's trunk planned soon? I think we all would like to see the inside of the trunk showing the hardware interface that held the BEAM.  I'd like to see it, for sure.
During the Shuttle program we were all acostumed to getting these well detailed hardware documentation, but with SpaceX it's a different story.  Too bad.
Any diagrams out there at least?
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: yg1968 on 04/16/2016 08:42 pm
Archived video of NASA TV coverage (starts at 2h58m of the first video and continues at the beginning of the second one):

linkhttp://www.ustream.tv/recorded/85706953
linkhttp://www.ustream.tv/recorded/85710521

Now on YouTube (full webcast, almost an hour):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhuYBxaQxPA
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: yg1968 on 04/16/2016 11:17 pm
The archived Live ISS videos go further back in the timeline (starts at 30 minutes of the first video):

linkhttp://www.ustream.tv/recorded/85706410
linkhttp://www.ustream.tv/recorded/85709861

Now on YouTube (Live ISS channel, 6 hours):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJgvJGpq1iQ
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: yg1968 on 04/16/2016 11:46 pm
Is there any image survey of the Dragon's trunk planned soon? I think we all would like to see the inside of the trunk showing the hardware interface that held the BEAM.  I'd like to see it, for sure.
During the Shuttle program we were all acostumed to getting these well detailed hardware documentation, but with SpaceX it's a different story.  Too bad.
Any diagrams out there at least?

You can see some of the inside of the trunk prior to the installation of BEAM:
http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/85702188
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: russianhalo117 on 04/17/2016 12:13 am
Is there any image survey of the Dragon's trunk planned soon? I think we all would like to see the inside of the trunk showing the hardware interface that held the BEAM.  I'd like to see it, for sure.
During the Shuttle program we were all acostumed to getting these well detailed hardware documentation, but with SpaceX it's a different story.  Too bad.
Any diagrams out there at least?

you see part of it here:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=40060.msg1519517#msg1519517

then go to the CRS-8 threads and find the Processing and integration images that show it on its processing stand and the images showing it being installed inside dragon. You'll find that it uses the Titan/Shuttle style Trunnion pin design, albeit slightly modified. the IDA's use a similar system for attachment in the trunk
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: Dalhousie on 04/17/2016 06:00 am
What the pre-inflation volume of BEAM?
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: ISP on 04/17/2016 06:16 am
BEAM's volume is 3.6 m3 pre-inflation, 16 m3 once inflated. There's an infographic but can't attach it at the moment.
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: sanman on 04/17/2016 08:04 am
I was searching Youtube for clips of the actual inflation of BEAM, but can't find that part yet. Is that something that's not yet already happened?
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: QuantumG on 04/17/2016 08:37 am
Hasn't happen yet. Won't for months.
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: the_other_Doug on 04/17/2016 03:39 pm
Hasn't happen yet. Won't for months.

Well -- inflation is scheduled for mid to late May.  That's four to six weeks.

Last I checked, you need at least two of something to refer to it in the plural... ;)
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: Space Pete on 04/17/2016 04:20 pm
Pleased to see this went well. So cool to finally have a new module on ISS after over half a decade without one.

Trivia: More CBMs are now in use on ISS than ever before (only the Node 2 Zenith and Node 3 Zenith CBMs are currently unoccupied - and N3Z doesn't really count as it's not a usable CBM anyway).

Attached in a graphic of what BEAM currently looks like in it's "deflated" configuration.

I know this is off-topic, but is the former location of PMA-3 on Node 3 of the ISS planning to be used by anything in the future?
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/6f/ISS_configuration_2011-05_en.svg/2000px-ISS_configuration_2011-05_en.svg.png

I assume you're referring to Node 3 Port, which is PMA-3's current location, but will be unoccupied once PMA-3 is relocated to Node 2 Zenith?

If so, then there is a proposal to put a small NanoRacks experiment airlock on that port - see this thread:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=36955.0
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: Johnnyhinbos on 04/17/2016 06:38 pm

Hasn't happen yet. Won't for months.

Well -- inflation is scheduled for mid to late May.  That's four to six weeks.

Last I checked, you need at least two of something to refer to it in the plural... ;)
Not if you're a space geek like me. Months...
Next SpaceX launch is like years away, and don't even ask about how long it's until Musk reveals his MCT plans in September - that's decades...
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: russianhalo117 on 04/17/2016 06:43 pm
Pleased to see this went well. So cool to finally have a new module on ISS after over half a decade without one.

Trivia: More CBMs are now in use on ISS than ever before (only the Node 2 Zenith and Node 3 Zenith CBMs are currently unoccupied - and N3Z doesn't really count as it's not a usable CBM anyway).

Attached in a graphic of what BEAM currently looks like in it's "deflated" configuration.

I know this is off-topic, but is the former location of PMA-3 on Node 3 of the ISS planning to be used by anything in the future?
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/6f/ISS_configuration_2011-05_en.svg/2000px-ISS_configuration_2011-05_en.svg.png

I assume you're referring to Node 3 Port, which is PMA-3's current location, but will be unoccupied once PMA-3 is relocated to Node 2 Zenith?

If so, then there is a proposal to put a small NanoRacks experiment airlock on that port - see this thread:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=36955.0
That NanoRacks Airlock proposal was recently given the green light to proceed to CDR, but approval to fly and live ISS was deferred to a later date as early as this summer or fall so that manufacturing and parts procurement can start and ramp up for the test articles (ETA and STA).

There is also talk of reviving NanoRacks LUNA module to take the place of BEAM when its done on N3 Aft as some hardware has already been built before the project was frozen to allow BEAM to fly first..
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: QuantumG on 04/17/2016 09:12 pm
Hasn't happen yet. Won't for months.

Well -- inflation is scheduled for mid to late May.  That's four to six weeks.

Last I checked, you need at least two of something to refer to it in the plural... ;)

The NASA website says early to late June.

Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: yg1968 on 04/17/2016 11:29 pm
From the ISS stream - Petals being opened on the Node 3 Aft CBM hatch, and a view of some alignment guides and hook.

Credit to @Ian_Benecken on Twitter, and posted with his permission.

Uploaded the opening of the petals on YouTube (34 minutes, prior to installation and grapple):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HADUW9KK7To
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: yg1968 on 04/18/2016 12:27 am
Uploaded the grappling of BEAM (prior to installation, 2h20m):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOW8z54Ou1I
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: ChrisC on 04/20/2016 04:26 am
Now on YouTube (full webcast, almost an hour):

Thank for posting this.  It's disappointing that NASA didn't post it on their own Youtube channel.
Title: Re: LIVE: BEAM Installation on ISS
Post by: jacqmans on 04/20/2016 10:18 am