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Re: STS-126 Processing Latest
« Reply #1060 on: 11/13/2008 07:34 pm »
Ahead of RSS retract. About 22:00 to 23:00 local. (RSS retract is 23:30).
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Re: STS-126 Processing Latest
« Reply #1061 on: 11/13/2008 08:47 pm »
Just for anyone wondering, as there wasn't a post about it..

We are at T-11 hours and HOLDING for 13 hours, 30 minutes.  We're about 1 hour and 45 minutes through this hold. 

Some things going on include:

* Activate the orbiter's communications systems
* Move Rotating Service Structure to the park position (11:30 p.m.)
* Perform ascent switch list
* Fuel cell flow-through purge complete

For you L2 users out there, there is a S0007 Bar Chart for what is exactly happening, and when it happens.

For everyone else, you can look here (click) for the general activities ongoing.

As per norm, I'll be providing screenshots of tonight's RSS Retraction.  Should NASA TV be playing it, I will be providing a small video of the retraction as well.
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Re: STS-126 Processing Latest
« Reply #1062 on: 11/13/2008 08:54 pm »
Good man, I'll watch it in the morning.
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Re: STS-126 Processing Latest
« Reply #1063 on: 11/13/2008 08:57 pm »
The STS-126 Flight Data Files are finally available at:


http://www.nasa.gov/centers/johnson/news/flightdatafiles/index.html 

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Re: STS-126 Processing Latest
« Reply #1064 on: 11/13/2008 09:44 pm »
Glad to see countdown going smoothly. This will liven up my friday night after 6 months of no launches! ;)

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Re: STS-126 Processing Latest
« Reply #1065 on: 11/13/2008 11:30 pm »
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Re: STS-126 Processing Latest
« Reply #1066 on: 11/13/2008 11:39 pm »
I spy an engine bell:


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Re: STS-126 Processing Latest
« Reply #1067 on: 11/13/2008 11:10 pm »
ready for RSS retract in a few hours:

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Re: STS-126 Processing Latest
« Reply #1068 on: 11/14/2008 02:00 am »
Currently weather isn't an issue for RSS Rotation coming up in 90 minutes. Latest observation from the SLF is this:

KTTS 140155Z 15007KT 10SM SKC 24/23 A2997 RMK SLP149
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Re: STS-126 Processing Latest
« Reply #1069 on: 11/14/2008 02:03 am »
We're into the FD1 thread everyone:

http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=14927.0

Thanks to whoever separated our off-topic digression as well. :)
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Re: STS-126 Processing Latest
« Reply #1070 on: 11/14/2008 02:23 am »
Why have the stadium lights turned off?
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Re: STS-126 Processing Latest
« Reply #1071 on: 11/14/2008 02:32 am »
Why have the stadium lights turned off?
They are on! What you saw earlier was the high-power Xenon lights.
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Re: STS-126 Processing Latest
« Reply #1072 on: 11/14/2008 02:39 am »
Why are they off?
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Re: STS-126 Processing Latest
« Reply #1073 on: 11/14/2008 02:41 am »
Why are they off?
Probably they tested them or needed them for some operation. Now that has been done, they have been powerd off and probably won't come back on again until after RSS Rotation.
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Re: STS-126 Processing Latest
« Reply #1074 on: 11/14/2008 02:47 am »
Why are they off?

Schedule indicates Deactivate Xenon Lights: 2200-2230, Refuel Xenon Light Generators: 2230-2330, Activate Xenon Light Source: 0030-0400.

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Re: STS-126 Processing Latest
« Reply #1075 on: 11/14/2008 03:16 am »
Ok, let's lock this one and go to the launch day thread as we wait on RSS retract news.
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