Author Topic: LIVE: STS-119 Flight Day 13 - EOM-1 - FCS Checkout, RCS Hot Fire  (Read 24643 times)

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Who's the "Special Visitor" CAPCOM George Z just pre-empted?
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Water dump


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Shelton family are the special guests, they are the flower people
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Online Chris Bergin

I wonder what the hourglass is related to?

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Shelton family are the special guests, they are the flower people
A little background from nasa.gov:
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/behindscenes/sheltons.html

The flowers are something that is mentioned on most or all missions in recent memory by a PAO on shift.

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A touching story.  I missed the coverage though.
Everyman is my superior in that I may learn from him.  Albert Einstein

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MIssion Status Briefing at the top of the hour.  Here's a look at the Freon cooling loops that we've had trouble with on a few past missions:

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MCC wants IMU 1 and 2 aligned at the proper time.  RCC has been cleared for re-entry.

"Discovery to MCC, please pass along our words for them and the quick turnaround time on the late inspection call." - Archambault
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More freon tubes:

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Discovery moving towards her SIMPLEX burn attitude:
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MSB up next.  I'll transcribe anything important:
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Richard Jones joining us today.

"Mission has been exceptionally clean, crew has been flawless.  I can't say enough about that.  One of my duties is to write the MMT summaries, and that gets uplinked to the crew.  Over the mission, it's been getting shorter and shorter, so they have certainly done a good job and made my job a lot easier.  As I left console, we got word that the RCC is clean and cleared for re-entry.  We did accomplish several things today.  Nominal FCS checkout where we looked at all the RCS jets and all the other systems, went just about flawlessly.  The only thing we saw that a small radar altimeter bias.  Not going to be an issue at all.  Later today, we're doing another OMS burn, 22fps retrograde, to phase Discovery out infront and beneath the ISS so she'll be out infront for clearance of the Soyuz docking.  They'll dock just about the time the crew to start the Deorbit prep.  In terms of an entry strategy, we have a lot of consumables.  We have plenty of capability to go to EOM+3, Tuesday, which we hopefully won't need.  With that capability with us tomorrow, we'll be able to look at KSC tomorrow as well as Sunday, exclusively, and we won't call up any other days until Monday, if we can't land this weekend.  We'll re-evaluate that day to day to make sure the weather is staying.  From a weather standpoint, we were talking with Brent Jett who will be giving us STA landing readings, and it is matching exactly as forcasted.  Cloud deck at 5k feet, looking to stay within limits, but will be something we are looking.  Only two KSC opps tomorrow [pictures below for that].  There is one thing we will be investigating tomorrow, which is the Boundary Layer Transition DTO, which is the protuberance tile that will purposefully trip the boundary layer a little earlier so we can get some good aero-heating data.  It's just going to trip the layer so we can get better heating data, as the Shuttle is one of a kind.  Behind the tile (green cone) is where we will see the extra heating.  We'll have a plane which will run the HYTHERM (?) data for us.  This will help us a lot, especially with gap-fillers, as we've had astronauts go ahead and pull them out.  There are a lot of interested people that want to see this data."

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