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Post by nickyf1 on Wed 3 Nov 2010 - 16:48

This is a live stream of the STS-133 Launch. This is Space Shuttle Discovery's final mission. She is the most flown spacecraft in history. STS-133 will fly to the ISS and bring Leonardo, a PMM (Permentant Multipurpose Module) built in Italy, which will be berthed to the earth facing port of the Unity module on the ISS, ELC4 (Express Logistics Carrier 4), a pallete with stowed spare tools and Robonaut 2, a humanoid robot designed to work alongside the ISS crew.

CREW:
CDR - Steven W. Lindsey (5th Spaceflight) - Handed ''Chief of the Atronaut Office'' role to Peggy Whitson in order to train. Veteran of four previous shuttle missions, STS-87, STS-95, STS-104, STS-121, and a Colonel in the USAF.
PLT - Eric A. Boe (2nd Spaceflight) - PLT on STS-126, also a Colonel in the USAF
MS1 - Benjamin Alvin Drew jr. (2nd Spaceflight) - first of two spacewalkers, flew on STS-118, also a USAF Colonel.
MS2 - Timothy L. Kopra (2nd Spaceflight) - second of two spacewalkers and flight engineer, flew on Expedition 19 and 20 on the ISS for 60 days.
MS3 - Michael R. Barrat (2nd Spaceflight) - Doctor of Medecine and ex NASA Flight Surgeon, was a flight Engineer on Expedition 19 and 20, spending 7 months on board.
MS4 - Nicole Stott (2nd Spaceflight) - Engineer. Used to work in the Orbiter Processing Facility at KSC, spent 7 months onborad the ISS as part of Expedition 20 and 21.

EVA's
Two spacewalks will be carried out. EVA 1 will see a contingency power cable installed between Unity and Tranquility. Then the failed Ammonia Pump that caused an emergency situation in August and was subsequently replaced will be removed from a storage bracket to a new stowage location adjacent to the Quest airlock. They will install and move cameras and install a wire for a cart transport vehicle thingy.

EVA 2 will remove some thermal insulation, remove a stowage bracket, install a camera on the Dextre robotic arm and remove insulation from its electronics platform. A container will be ''filled'' with the vacuum of space for display at a japanese museum.

http://newsblogged.com/video-space-shuttle-discovery-launch-110310-live-streaming-sts-133-mission-nasa-tv-coverage-and-latest-news

Currently L minus 2 and a bit hours Smile

Enjoy! Go Discovery!

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Post by nickyf1 on Wed 3 Nov 2010 - 16:56

some diagrams and pictures of various things that will feature in the mission:

Payload Layout:


Robonaut 2:


A list with pictures of all the ISS modules: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISS#Pressurised_modules

STS-133 Mission patch:



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Post by nickyf1 on Wed 3 Nov 2010 - 17:00


Simulated Landing during training



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Post by nickyf1 on Wed 3 Nov 2010 - 18:00

Damn... Launch has been delayed AGAIN... It will launch tomorow due to SSME Avionics issues.

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Post by Radiation Louis on Wed 3 Nov 2010 - 18:16

nickyf1 wrote:
Simulated Landing during training




they actually do real life simulation on a modified C-130, (My dad works on the ladning systems out at the 3 mile long run way) god is it crazy to see that thing come in at the angels it does! even the shuttle because it flies like bricks dont! But yeah when the shuttle comes up i'll have a front row seat to it right in my front yard Very Happy



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Post by nickyf1 on Wed 3 Nov 2010 - 19:01

I have seen some videos of the C-130, very cool stuff! Those behind the scenes videos on NASA TV are excellent.

Must be very cool living in Cocoa Smile

More of these behind the scenes videos, they really are awesome!





And this video shows STS-131 I believe, shows what a dress rehearsal of a shuttle launch is like, Mass actually climbs aboard while the training is going on Smile


some of these videos will prove to be great historical documents about the people behind the Shuttle Program. Whatever will be next?..

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Post by nickyf1 on Wed 3 Nov 2010 - 23:53

This may sound extremely geeky, but I am practicing docking Discovery to the ISS on Orbiter Space Flight Simulator with the Shuttle Fleet and ISS mods Smile

Its about the only thing I can do on it, getting to Orbit manually is impossible, and re-entry would just kill the craft under my retro fire burns...

Trying to learn how to do it in Cockpit view looking out of the windows at the back of the flight deck using MFD/HUD displays only to dock it... very hard.

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Post by Radiation Louis on Thu 4 Nov 2010 - 3:55

Well theres a 20% chance it'll go tomorrow due to the 80% chance of bad weather tomorrow so looks for it to go up on Sunday.



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Post by nickyf1 on Thu 4 Nov 2010 - 16:19

another delay till Friday. Its reaching Polyphony levels of delay!

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Post by Radiation Louis on Thu 4 Nov 2010 - 19:23

nope it'll be delayed until sunday nicky that's the next best window, we got bad weather hanging around for a couple of days.



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Post by nickyf1 on Thu 4 Nov 2010 - 19:35

Ah, well it is in the interest of safety. Still a bummer though.

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Post by Radiation Louis on Thu 4 Nov 2010 - 21:01

indeed, but cant fly a shuttle in rain might get another Columbia if they do.



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Post by nickyf1 on Sat 6 Nov 2010 - 14:39

Three week delay now as this current leakage problem on the ground wont be fixed before this launch window closes. NASA is now aiming for a November 30th Launch.

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Post by Radiation Louis on Sat 6 Nov 2010 - 15:10

YIPPY!......... NOT!



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Post by nickyf1 on Thu 17 Feb 2011 - 23:42

STS-133 crew have entered quarantine at Johnson Space Centre in Houston today. Crew member Tim Kopra has been replaced by Steve Bowen as MS2.

Roscosmos has confirmed that they will fly the Soyuz TMA-01 spacecraft around the ISS in order to take pictures of Discovery, similar to this, taken by a Soyuz while an orbiter was docked to Mir in the 90's:



All set for a Feb. 25 at 4:24:37 EST launch, if all goes well with pad flow. Go Discovery!

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Post by nickyf1 on Wed 23 Feb 2011 - 19:42



fantastic video!

The crew of Discovery's final Mission are currently at KSC, the launch is now sheduled for February 24th at 4:50 p.m. EST, which is 9:50pm GMT for those watching in the UK.

Discovery is, and will remain the most flown Spacecraft in the history of Human Spaceflight with its current grand total of 38 flights; clocking 351 days, 17 hours, 50 minutes and 41 seconds in space, 5,628 orbits of Earth and 142,917,535 miles travelled.

I also want to take this opporunity to share this video of the ISS Expedition 24 crew. The video shows the crews experiences on board the ISS, including the effort to save the station when its cooling failed. ISS Commander Doug Wheelock and Flight Engineer Tracy Caldwel-Dyson had to mae several emergency spacewalks.


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Post by nickyf1 on Thu 24 Feb 2011 - 18:28

L minus 3 hours and 22 minutes till launch, closeout crew are preparing the flight and mid deck as the crew wait till ingress.

http://www.spacevidcast.com/ - live HQ stream.

If you have never watched a Shuttle Launch before, please, even if its just for five minutes, give it a little watch, its fascinating!

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Post by nickyf1 on Thu 24 Feb 2011 - 18:31

CDR Lindsey ingressing!

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Post by nickyf1 on Thu 24 Feb 2011 - 18:38

Lindsey being strapped in as Michael Barrat awaits in the white room.

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Post by nickyf1 on Thu 24 Feb 2011 - 18:55

Very Happy God yes!

And to asnwer Bobcats question in the Spacevidcast chat, its going to the International Space Station to carry out repairs, deliver a humanoid robot to the station and deliver a new module (a new part of the station for crew)

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Post by nickyf1 on Thu 24 Feb 2011 - 19:10

For those who are new to this, here is some basic information about whats happening with spaceflight currently.

International Space Station: A massive spacecraft in Low Earth Orbit that can house six crew members. At the moment there are three Russian Cosmonauts, two American Astronauts and one European Astronaut onboard. Basically, its split into two: The Russian bit, and the American bit. The Russian bit is maintained and worked in by Cosmonauts only. The American bit houses a Japanese and European lab, and outside maintenance (spacewalks) is done by Shuttle crews (unless there is an emergency)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Space_Station

Soyuz: The Russian Spacecraft that ferries crews to the ISS, it was developed in the 60's during the space race, as the Russian answer to Apollo, it first flew in 1967, but it has been extensively upgraded over the years, and it is now the only method of Crew Transport to the Station. After each mission, the Soyuz is discarded.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soyuz_(spacecraft)

Shuttle: Needs no introduction, its the big rig of Human Spaceflight, capable of carrying massive crews and massive amounts of Cargo into Low Earth Orbit. It was developed in the 70's and first flew in 1981. Ever since, its five Orbiters have flown 132 missions between them.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Shuttle

STS-133: The 133th Mission of the Space Shuttle programme, and Discovery's final flight, it will carry six crew members to the ISS to carry out two Spacewalks to maintain the station, and to deliver supplies to Station.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/STS-133

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Post by Bob Dixon 76 on Thu 24 Feb 2011 - 19:13

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Post by nickyf1 on Thu 24 Feb 2011 - 19:28

I'll post all the mission highlights up here as they happen, one of my favourite parts is when the ISS crew opens the hatch and greets the Shuttle crew in.

And for those wondering how the Shuttle gets to the ISS, its simple. The ISS is in orbit around Earth (goes round the world every 90 minutes). And for those who aren't quite sure of what an orbit is, basically, imagine throwing a ball so far it came round and hit you in the back! Basically, the rocket will ''throw'' the Shuttle to such a speed that the Shuttle will not fall back down, its falling all the time due to gravity, but its curve as it falls matches the curve of the Earth, so as it falls, the Earth curves away.

To get to the ISS, you need to get launched into the same orbital plane as the ISS. Once you are in orbit, Shuttle and ISS are both following each other around Earth. Then what happens is the Shuttle fires its engines again and makes its orbit bigger so that the ISS catches (imagine two cars at Brands Hatch, one car goes round the GP loop, and the other goes round the Indy shortcut, the Shuttle is basically doing the orbital GP circuit)

And after a period of waiting for the ISS to catch up, they both finally meet. The Shuttle has to dock. It does this by firing thrusters, located at the front and back of the Shuttle, there are thrusters pointing forward, left, right, up, down and back. Basically, to dock, you line up with the docking port and travel in straight lines and right angles to reach the docking port.

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Post by nickyf1 on Thu 24 Feb 2011 - 19:44

All six crew members have ingressed, I believe they are prepping for hatch closure and pressurisation at the moment.

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