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STS-134 Shuttle Mission to the International Space Station Launches Monday 16th @ 13:56 BST

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Cosimo, 17 Apr 2011.

  1. Cosimo

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    Ok, the last blasts from the past. STS-88 in the VAB:


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    and launch on the first shuttle mission to the ISS in December 1988:

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    Back to the present.

    Very little to add this morning apart from the news that the Mission Management Team has given a unanimous "Go" for launch on Friday. There are no significant issues and the forecast remains at 80% favourable conditions for launch.
     
  2. Metalface Mark

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    SM - do you know when the shuttles are moving to their new homes? Im going to LA end of June, Endevour is going to the science centre there, im going to go anyway as they have the Apollo-Soyuz command module and Pete Conrad and Dick Gordon's Gemini capsule (11 i think), but it would be fantastic for the shuttle to be there (albeit i think it will come too soon :( )
     
  3. Khrest

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    It is taking at least a year to decommission each Orbiter, so you won't be in with a chance sadly.
     
  4. Khrest

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    I did wonder about that today. It may be that the previous ISS pass which would be in daylight is the one the Shuttle is 'catching up to'. Orbital mechanics make my head hurt, but in the past, if there is an ISS pass around about launch time, it usually means Shuttle would also be visible.

    All that said, it will probably be cloudy anyway.
     
  5. Khrest

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  6. Cosimo

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    There are no firm dates but I have seen reports that the shuttles will be ready for shipment to their display sites by mid-2012. So you are going to be out of luck. :(
     
  7. Spook187

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    Looking forward to this;) thanks for the links simulatorman;)
     
  8. Ice On Fire

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    Shame I won't be able to watch it live. Thanks for the info though. :cool:
     
  9. Cosimo

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    Endeavour on the pad last night as a storm passed by:

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    Tanking is now underway and the forecast is at 70% favourable conditions for launch today.
     
  10. Metalface Mark

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    Going back the following year anyway :p
     
  11. trigger-happy

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    when is the launch in GMT time zone?
     
  12. Embed

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    8:47pm gmt ;)
     
  13. Hurlbag

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    Is nobody else concerned that John Locke in the middle here is going to murder the entire crew mid-flight in the name of Jacob?
     
  14. DefiantAsh

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    Hopefully a Tornado doesnt strike the launch zone, would be catastrophic.

    900 Tornadoes since beginning of April apparantly, looks like the same storm.

    Will watch this stream on my netbook tonight :)

    Cheers
     
  15. Spook187

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    loool class;)
     
  16. Combat squirrel

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    Thats awesome, it just show how hard it is to leave earth orbit from a direct launch vehicle, how much power and tech that is required, moon and beyond I think will clearly be met by many smaller rockets launching and then assembily at the ISS (in a perfect world)
     
  17. Merlin5

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    Excellent, we've had the support act (wedding) now for the main show:D
     
  18. PermaBanned

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    Unless it launched from the eye of the storm... that would just be orgasmic ;)
     
  19. Cosimo

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    An OMS pressure issue has been resolved, tanking is complete and we are now into “T-3 hours and holding”.
     
  20. Berserker

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    Going to miss almost all of this mission which is :(, but I need the break. Been a very stressful few months.

    Will certainly be looking for lots of highlights when I get to catch up.