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Re: Challenger STS 41-C / Ace Satellite Repair Company
« Reply #140 on: 01/03/2012 11:39 PM »
PAO: Altitude 75,000 feet. Dryden’s long range tracker now has a visual of the Challenger.

CapCom: … new altimeter 3004.

PAO: 66,000 feet.

Crippen: … 3004, go ahead.

PAO: Air speed 1237 miles per hour, altitude 55,000… Air speed down to 920 miles per hour, 46,000 feet… 800 knots, 35,000 feet… 690 knots, 26,000 feet… 600 knots, 20,000…

Chase: Hello, Crip, Chase is aboard.

Crippen: Well, hello Chase.

PAO: 600 knots, 14,000 feet.

CapCom: Challenger, Houston, looking good on final, winds are calm.

Crippen: That’s my kind of winds.

PAO: 6600 feet, 3000 feet…

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Re: Challenger STS 41-C / Ace Satellite Repair Company
« Reply #141 on: 01/03/2012 11:42 PM »

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Re: Challenger STS 41-C / Ace Satellite Repair Company
« Reply #142 on: 01/03/2012 11:52 PM »

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Re: Challenger STS 41-C / Ace Satellite Repair Company
« Reply #143 on: 01/03/2012 11:58 PM »
Crippen: Houston, Challenger is wheel stop.

CapCom: Roger, welcome back on Friday the 13th, 41 Charlie…   And Challenger, Houston, I’m sure you remember the good news, bad news that Brian O’Connor gave you a while back on flight 7…

Crippen: I’ll bet I’ve still got some buddies out here.

PAO: Unofficial touchdown time 7:38:05, wheels stop 7:38:54 Central Time.

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Re: Challenger STS 41-C / Ace Satellite Repair Company
« Reply #144 on: 01/04/2012 12:00 AM »

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Re: Challenger STS 41-C / Ace Satellite Repair Company
« Reply #145 on: 01/04/2012 12:04 AM »

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Re: Challenger STS 41-C / Ace Satellite Repair Company
« Reply #146 on: 01/04/2012 12:08 AM »
And there is a nice collection of additional 41-C high-resolution pics at L2 ;):

http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=13678.0

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Re: Challenger STS 41-C / Ace Satellite Repair Company
« Reply #147 on: 01/04/2012 04:35 AM »
     Can't help but laugh - not in a happy way - at that 'end of the era of throw-away spacecraft' comment.  Oh, really.  Should it ever be launched, let's pray JWST doesn't conk out the moment it reaches orbit.

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Re: Challenger STS 41-C / Ace Satellite Repair Company
« Reply #148 on: 01/04/2012 06:10 AM »
     Can't help but laugh - not in a happy way - at that 'end of the era of throw-away spacecraft' comment.  Oh, really.  Should it ever be launched, let's pray JWST doesn't conk out the moment it reaches orbit.
Amen!
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Re: Challenger STS 41-C / Ace Satellite Repair Company
« Reply #149 on: 01/04/2012 09:06 AM »
Crippen: Well, we’re going to do our best to repair it tomorrow, Sir. And, if for some reason that is unsuccessful, which we don’t think it will be, we will be able to return it.

Out of interest, if the repair was indeed unsuccessful, how were the crew planning to return the satellite? It doesn't appear to be fitted with any trunnion pins? ???

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Re: Challenger STS 41-C / Ace Satellite Repair Company
« Reply #150 on: 01/04/2012 04:35 PM »
Crippen: Well, we’re going to do our best to repair it tomorrow, Sir. And, if for some reason that is unsuccessful, which we don’t think it will be, we will be able to return it.

Out of interest, if the repair was indeed unsuccessful, how were the crew planning to return the satellite? It doesn't appear to be fitted with any trunnion pins? ???

"If the satellite cannot be repaired, the FSS provides the structural retention that will allow Challenger to return Solar Max to Earth."

This is what the 41-C press kit says - without any further details.

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Re: Challenger STS 41-C / Ace Satellite Repair Company
« Reply #151 on: 01/06/2012 07:23 PM »
Another bit of history, the FSS used on this flight, the first satellite servicing mission, was used on Atlantis during the last satellite servicing mission, STS-125.
<----First launch of DISCOVERY, STS-41D!!!!

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