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Online Chris Bergin

Roll-out to the Pad
« on: 03/31/2005 10:18 PM »
This thread will cover the latest news on the roll-out of STS-114 from the VAB to Pad B - expected Monday.

Updates to be posted here. Current status is the mating of Discovery to the ET and SRBs after she was hoisted up and lowered down on to the launch platform over night. Will aim to have a story up on this soon...suddenly finding a lot to write about, so bare with me as quiet a bit will go on here if time allows.

Offline gyro2020

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RE: Roll-out to the Pad
« Reply #1 on: 04/01/2005 12:37 AM »
I saw you mentioned they put new tracks on the crawlers that transport the Shuttle to the pad. Sounds like the tracks on a tank. I thought it was like giant wheels?

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RE: Roll-out to the Pad
« Reply #2 on: 04/01/2005 01:21 AM »
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gyro2020 - 1/4/2005  12:37 AM

I saw you mentioned they put new tracks on the crawlers that transport the Shuttle to the pad. Sounds like the tracks on a tank. I thought it was like giant wheels?

Not wheels, Gyro. There's two that NASA owns - and each consists of four double-tracked crawlers tracks. Each of the 8 tracks on a vehicle contains 57 shoes per track - each shoe weighs about a ton!

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RE: Roll-out to the Pad
« Reply #3 on: 04/01/2005 08:39 AM »
Roll out not before daybreak on Monday. Electrical testing now being worked on. The STS Stack is bolted together.

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RE: Roll-out to the Pad
« Reply #4 on: 04/01/2005 12:33 PM »
And it'll take a full day to move the whole thing to the pad itself. Can't believe we'll see a Shuttle, stacked on the pad by the end of Monday potentially.

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RE: Roll-out to the Pad
« Reply #5 on: 04/01/2005 03:26 PM »
True, all systems go now.

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RE: Roll-out to the Pad
« Reply #6 on: 04/01/2005 03:29 PM »
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gyro2020 - 1/4/2005  9:26 AM

True, all systems go now.

Long way to go yet. Tank Testing on April 14 is a major milestone to be passed.

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RE: Roll-out to the Pad
« Reply #7 on: 04/01/2005 04:07 PM »
What does Tank Testing involve?

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RE: Roll-out to the Pad
« Reply #8 on: 04/02/2005 07:01 PM »
Roll-out now delayed until early Tuesday morning due to work taking longer than expected in the VAB.
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RE: Roll-out to the Pad
« Reply #9 on: 04/02/2005 08:01 PM »
Nothing official yet - but Discovery's not going to the pad till Tuesday now at least.

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RE: Roll-out to the Pad
« Reply #10 on: 04/03/2005 09:37 AM »
Rollout no sooner than 3am Tuesday, slipping again :(

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RE: Roll-out to the Pad
« Reply #11 on: 04/04/2005 03:10 PM »
And again, now Wednesday morning, early hours. Story on front page.

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RE: Roll-out to the Pad
« Reply #12 on: 04/04/2005 03:42 PM »
DAMN!!

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RE: Roll-out to the Pad
« Reply #13 on: 04/05/2005 09:08 PM »
3am EST is the last I heard now.

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RE: Roll-out to the Pad
« Reply #14 on: 04/05/2005 09:19 PM »
Yeah, looks like it'll be the early hours for sure as the scaffolding is being moved away to clear the path to leave the giant door that it'll leave on the way to the causeway.

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RE: Roll-out to the Pad
« Reply #15 on: 04/05/2005 09:24 PM »
Works for me as it's pretty much going to be through morning and early afternoon UK time ;)

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RE: Roll-out to the Pad
« Reply #16 on: 04/05/2005 10:02 PM »
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Chris Bergin - 5/4/2005  4:24 PM

Works for me as it's pretty much going to be through morning and early afternoon UK time ;)

Is the web-based NASA TV web-cast going to give live coverage? If so that would be cool.

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RE: Roll-out to the Pad
« Reply #17 on: 04/05/2005 11:36 PM »
How long does the Shuttle take to get from the VAB to the pad?

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RE: Roll-out to the Pad
« Reply #18 on: 04/05/2005 11:40 PM »
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SRBseparama - 6/4/2005  12:36 AM

How long does the Shuttle take to get from the VAB to the pad?

5 and a half hours - and another 90 minutes before the MLP is 'highered down' (strange term I know) so the Crawler is no longer supporting the MLP. Could be longer with them being ultra careful for this launch.

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RE: Roll-out to the Pad
« Reply #19 on: 04/05/2005 11:43 PM »
Delayed again!

Now it's going to be 5pm UK time on Wednesday - noon EST.

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