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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #60 on: 11/23/2005 12:37 pm »
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Ben E - 23/11/2005  2:02 PM

Does that mean the Expedition 14 roster is Mike Lopez-Alegria (CDR), Mikhail Tyurin (FE) and Garrett Reisman (FE)?

Yeah, Ben E!... CDR Michael Lopez-Alegria - FE1 Mikhail Tyurin - FE2/SO Garrett Reisman...

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Ben E - 23/11/2005  2:02 PM

If so, what's happened to Clay Anderson and Sunita Williams?

Unfortunately, I dont know why Clayton Anderson is in the Expedition 15 prime crew now instead of the Expedition 14 prime crew and why Sunita Williams was removed from Expeditions crews... :(

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #61 on: 11/23/2005 06:49 pm »
Purely speculating here, but in view of the fact that Chief Astronauts generally get plum mission assignments, what mission do you think Kent Rominger will fly next?

After all, Young got STS-1, Brandenstein got Endeavour's maiden mission, Gibson got Shuttle-Mir and Cabana got the first ISS assembly mission.

I suppose the Columbus mission would be a lead contender, but I personally wouldn't be too surprised if he gets the command of the Hubble servicing mission.


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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #62 on: 11/24/2005 10:10 am »
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Ben E - 23/11/2005  8:49 PM

Purely speculating here, but in view of the fact that Chief Astronauts generally get plum mission assignments, what mission do you think Kent Rominger will fly next?
I don't know. With missions 73, 80, 85, 96 and 100 (if I'm not mistaken) he has already flown five times. With all that talk about four missions being the limit nowadays, I don't think he'll fly again.

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #63 on: 11/27/2005 03:07 am »
Also, isn't it now policy that the remaining flights of the Shuttle means they will be trying to give as many rookies a flight as possible, restricting the seasoned astronauts expect for in commander and pilot roles?

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #64 on: 12/06/2005 12:07 am »
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Super George - 26/11/2005  10:07 PM

Also, isn't it now policy that the remaining flights of the Shuttle means they will be trying to give as many rookies a flight as possible, restricting the seasoned astronauts expect for in commander and pilot roles?

I'm not so sure about rookies. I would be more inclined to stick with experienced commanders and pilots for the remaining missions and ensure all seasoned and well trained astronauts who are simply waiting in line to fly get their shot. If there's spare places at the end then at least those rookies will have matured into the experienced, well trained astronauts that went ahead of them. That seems only natural to me.

Maybe some more international partners, as token guestures, especially due to the way we appear to be heading with the ISS and our international partners.

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #65 on: 12/06/2005 12:04 pm »
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Super George - 26/11/2005  10:07 PM

Also, isn't it now policy that the remaining flights of the Shuttle means they will be trying to give as many rookies a flight as possible, restricting the seasoned astronauts expect for in commander and pilot roles?

I'm not so sure about rookies. I would be more inclined to stick with experienced commanders and pilots for the remaining missions and ensure all seasoned and well trained astronauts who are simply waiting in line to fly get their shot. If there's spare places at the end then at least those rookies will have matured into the experienced, well trained astronauts that went ahead of them. That seems only natural to me.

Maybe some more international partners, as token guestures, especially due to the way we appear to be heading with the ISS and our international partners.

That would be the correct way to carry out the assignments, imho.
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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #66 on: 12/08/2005 11:32 pm »
Yes, the "Deke Slayton approach", in which astronauts follow a rotation and anyone can fly any mission, is entirely logical and the best way to keep the corps' morale up. Attrition from the astronaut corps and the actual number of Shuttle flight seats available - 19 missions left x 6 crew members per mission = 114 slots - means that there is more than enough opportunity for the 95-odd astronauts who are currently listed as 'active' and not 'management'.

If it were up to me, a veteran Commander, rookie Pilot and one veteran and three rookie Mission Specialists per flight should provide more than enough opportunities to fly everyone from Groups 16, 17, 18 and even a few of 19 too.


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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #67 on: 12/09/2005 08:09 pm »
I heard that ISS Expedition 13 and 14 crews were confirmed on the Multilateral Crew Operations Panel (MCOP) meeting in December 2005...

Expedition 13 crews

Prime
CDR Pavel Vinogradov (launch on Soyuz TMA-8)
FE1/SO Jeffrey Williams (launch on Soyuz TMA-8)
FE2 Thomas Reiter (launch on Discovery [STS-121])

Backup
CDR/SO Michael Fincke
FE1 Fyodor Yurchikhin
FE2 Leopold Eyharts

Expedition 14 crews

Prime
CDR Michael Lopez-Alegria (launch on Soyuz TMA-9)
FE1 Mikhail Tyurin (launch on Soyuz TMA-9)
FE2/SO Sunita Williams (launch on Endeavour [STS-116])

Backup
CDR Peggy Whitson
FE1 Yury Malenchenko
FE2/SO TBD

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #68 on: 12/09/2005 09:32 pm »
If you are correct on the makeup of the Exp. crews, do we know the makeup of the shuttle crews after the next two?

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #69 on: 12/10/2005 08:39 am »
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do we know the makeup of the shuttle crews after the next two?

STS-116
CDR Mark Polansky
PLT William Oefelein
MS Christer Fuglesang (Sweden)
MS Robert Curbeam
MS Joan Higginbotham
MS Nicholas Patrick
MS5 [up] Sunita Williams
MS5 [down] Thomas Reiter (Germany)

STS-117
CDR Frederick Sturckow
PLT Lee Archambault
MS Steven Swanson
MS Richard Mastracchio
MS Patrick Forrester
MS James Reilly

STS-118
CDR Scott Kelly
PLT Charles Hobaugh
MS Scott Parazynski
MS Dafydd Williams (Canada)
MS Barbara Morgan
MS TBD
MS5 (up) TBD
MS5 (down) Sunita Williams

STS-119
CDR Pamela Melroy
PLT TBD
MS Michael Gernhardt
MS TBD
MS Tracy Caldwell
MS TBD

STS-120
CDR James Halsell
PLT Alan Poindexter
MS Michael Foreman
MS TBD
MS TBD
MS TBD

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #70 on: 12/11/2005 02:12 am »
Thank you for the update!!!  Please post any additions or corrections to ANY crew when you learn of them.  The information is quite useful.

Also, any changes to the make up of any astronaut, cosmonaut, etc. Corp, would be appreciated. :)

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #71 on: 12/11/2005 10:33 am »
So now Garrett Reisman has been dropped from Expedition 14.

Has he upset George Abbey or something?

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #72 on: 12/11/2005 04:55 pm »
I can't tell if you're joking, but Abbey retired about three years ago :-)

Ross and Chang-Diaz would never have had a chance of seven flights with him there.

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #73 on: 12/11/2005 05:16 pm »
Yes, I was semi-joking. I think I've read Brian Burrough's DRAGONFLY and taken it a little too seriously... ;-)

Doesn't look like Chang-Diaz will get an eighth flight, having retired in July this year. Jerry's still hanging in there, though.


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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #74 on: 12/11/2005 06:19 pm »
Dragonfly, while a good read, is full of things which are greatly exaggerated and even made up in some cases, unfortunately.  Whatever you can do for a best-seller!

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #75 on: 12/11/2005 11:07 pm »
Is there any news from the Multilateral Crew Operations Panel meeting on future ISS expeditions? I believe it was being held sometime last week.



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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #76 on: 12/13/2005 06:01 pm »
Does anyone know what has happened to Garrett Reisman's crew assignment?  Any other changes?

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #77 on: 12/16/2005 08:29 pm »
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Is there any news from the Multilateral Crew Operations Panel meeting on future ISS expeditions?

ISS Expedition 15-18 prime and backup crews will be confirmed on the MCOP meeting in the first half of 2006...

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #78 on: 12/17/2005 02:40 am »
You used the word "confirmed" in 2006.  Can you give us the "unconfirmed" crews?

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #79 on: 12/19/2005 09:18 pm »
ANIK

Did you see my last post? :(

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