Author Topic: LIVE: STS-134 Flight Day 3 - RNDZ, RPM, ISS Docking, ELC-3 Robotics  (Read 90932 times)

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ELC has been released

Next up the arm will be moved ready for tomorrow
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Crew have finished all there activities so ground is leaving them alone and there off to bed

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And this is a good reminder that just because one of your fellow space enthusiasts occasionally voices doubts about the SpaceX schedule announcements or is cautious about believing SpaceX has licked a problem before actually seeing proof that's true, it doesn't mean they hate SpaceX.

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Any Atomic Fireballs on the FDO console yet ? ;)

There are ALWAYS Atomic Fireballs on the FDO console!

It's part of the Lead FDO checklist...   ;D

And I'm only partially joking.   ;)
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Video file at the top of the hour. One hour to go until the post-MMT presser.

Presentations on L2.

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Good stuff.....enjoyed it !!
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I've written up the next article (mainly about the Focused Inspection meeting taking place - by the way, they have that meeting for every mission), but want to wait for the MMT presser for important context.

She has seven dings on her belly, most very small and cosmetic, one on her inboard elevon being the one of interest.

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10 minutes to the presser. By the way, her RCC has been cleared for entry :)
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Mr. Cain is in the building, but not in the briefing room yet, so may be a little late.

Edit: correction, in the room, probably a couple of minutes to set up.
« Last Edit: 05/18/2011 08:00 PM by psloss »

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Thanks Philip.

STS-134 are now about an hour into their sleep..........or they should be! I think it was Greg who just called down and got the "shouldn't you be asleep" response :)

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So I'll do notes. Aaron will be doing more on the transcribing side, so combined we don't miss anything.

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Mr Cain:

Another spectacular day for Endeavour and crew.

Things have gone very well so far. Endeavour performing very well.

All RPM photos on the ground. Good bit of that assessment to complete yet.

WLE IDS - no reportable items during monitoring periods. Will be active during Soyuz undock.

RCC cleared WLE.

Making good progress on the SRBs. Expect to get video tomorrow.

Ascent quick look - vehicle performance was very very good.

Few very minor system issues, no mission impact.

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DAT status: Yellow of greater interest.

Area 1:

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Area 2 and 3 (3 being the one I've talked about).

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And this is a good reminder that just because one of your fellow space enthusiasts occasionally voices doubts about the SpaceX schedule announcements or is cautious about believing SpaceX has licked a problem before actually seeing proof that's true, it doesn't mean they hate SpaceX.

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And this is a good reminder that just because one of your fellow space enthusiasts occasionally voices doubts about the SpaceX schedule announcements or is cautious about believing SpaceX has licked a problem before actually seeing proof that's true, it doesn't mean they hate SpaceX.

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More work will be required. We don't have any need for concerns or alarms. We have a FI placeholder on FD6, and we've taken it to the next level to not preclude being able to do that.

Overall the vehicle is very clean.

Will talk tomorrow about the Soyuz Flyabout. Shuttle MMT tomorrow afternoon will weigh in. Station MMT on Friday.

The team is doing great. Vehicle performance is very good.

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Awesome to see slides hours before the press events on L2 :)

More than those screenshots too.

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Awesome to see slides hours before the press events on L2 :)

More than those screenshots too.

Pay the man, Chris!  ;)

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Questions:

Philip on the TPS.

Mr Cain: The team is very good at this. We're very disiplined on the process so don't want to get ahead of ourselves. The three tiles are unique, different areas and specific function/capabilities.

Each damage areas is different and all play into the function of the tile. It gets pretty involved on their flows etc. Need to work on the depth and the thermal effects.

Until we do some more anaylsis, we may change our mind on which area is of greater interest.

Work will be done in the next 24/48 hours. 3D work, experts in photo lab will help us with dimensions. Thermal folk too.

Gina on historical database.

Mr Cain: We do have a large database. Heating is in the 1000s of degrees. We'll talk more about that at the meetings.

Claire on ET-122

Mr Cain: Not surprised ET-122 performed well. We knew what areas we could expect some foam losses from. Pretty much better than our expectations.

Bill on the TPS events.

Mr Cain: Not yet, not been able to map damage sites to ascent footage.

Bill on STS-118 event (Landing Gear door).

Mr Cain notes one of areas (not yellow) is the same tile (but a new tile) as previous damage area. More detail when they go forward.

Irene on change of command on ISS

Mr Cain: Question for Gerst.

On end of program:

Mr Cain: If you immersed yourself into the teams at Houston, you wouldn't know. During this entire process, they have maintained a very high level of dedication and integrity.

Notes how important this mission is. Dedicated and determined to finish strong. So far I think this mission is consistant with that.

On Mission Extension:

Mr Cain: Always a possibility. So far we're not looking at doing that, but we have a capability to do that.

Todd on TPS, "if it needs FI, repair or endanger the crew"

Mr Cain: Don't have enough data yet to know if we need a FI. This is not a cause for alarm. If we need more data, we have a plan and it's in the timeline to do that.

I don't want to speculate. I don't have any reason to do that at this time. Not fair on the team working on these assessments. I am not concerned and we're not alarmed. My confidence is in the very professional team, we've been through this before. We'll take it one day at a time.

I don't want to speculate on the other part of your question today (clearly did not like the crew endanger part of the question, Todd notes he understands).

Nice story about how many station elements were on the ground during RTF.

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