STS-122 Updates (part two)

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CalliArcale

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Here's the old thread, closed due to length: click here. <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p> </p><p><font color="#666699"><em>"People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint it's more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly . . . timey wimey . . . stuff."</em>  -- The Tenth Doctor, "Blink"</font></p> </div>
 
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MeteorWayne

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Upcoming this afternoon is FRR News Conference.<br />I missed the time, I though it was NET 3:30 but don't know if that was EST or CDT.<br /><br />When they announce it again, I'll update. <br /><br />Or s_g will pop up with the answer <img src="/images/icons/smile.gif" /> <br /><br />Edit<br />Currently says FRR news conference is "coming up next" <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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MeteorWayne

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Yeah, that makes sense.<br /><br />I'm just gonna leave the sound up loud, and go about my business <img src="/images/icons/smile.gif" /> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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MeteorWayne

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FRR News Conference underway now.... <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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MeteorWayne

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Not exactly, they are still working on that.<br /><br />It's not the first such hose this has happened to, some have flown like that on several flights.<br /><br />They are only 24 hours since it was brought up so are in analysis phase.<br /><br />Expect a better understanding by Saturday. <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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bobblebob

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"During an inspection of Atlantis Tuesday, one of four hoses that carry Freon to the shuttle radiators in the payload bay was found bent and not properly retracted in its storage box"<br /><br />Are all 4 used together, or are some redundant? Could they 'turn off" the bent hose?
 
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MeteorWayne

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Yes, there are reduntant coolant systems.<br /><br />They like to have the extra capacity to manage peak heating loads using both, but could do without it.<br /><br />Of course, they would not launch without the expectation that both systems will operate flawlessly.<br /><br />(BTW, I'm repeating what Wayne Hale is telling me.<br />I trust what he says WAY more than any politician I have ever seen, in fact more than almost any person I know)<br /><br />MW <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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bobblebob

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Yeah Wayne Hale tells it like it is. Great to listen to him although missed the conference today
 
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Testing

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So this kink has been seen once before. I would think this is a risk to the mission, not the vehicle. And so take the time to send up as perfect a vehicle as possible. <br /><br />Getting thirsty out here. <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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erioladastra

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"I finally got to see most of the news conference. They appear to be very confident that we will go for a launch on the 7th. "<br /><br />Told ya <img src="/images/icons/smile.gif" />
 
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halman

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shuttle_guy,<br /><br />Does using power from the International Space Station reduce the load on the cooling system while on orbit? Or is that load pretty much fixed, irregardless of power consumption? <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> The secret to peace of mind is a short attention span. </div>
 
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halman

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shuttle_guy,<br /><br />So these radiators are dissipating the heat generated by human bodies and equipment in operation, not the generation of power? Do you have any idea how much heat that typically is? (In watts, calories, or BTU's?) Does solar radiation also contribute to this heat load?<br /><br />Many people don't realize that most of the drawings of space craft that they see are lacking a vital component: large radiators to get rid of heat from drive units, life support, avionics, etcetera. This was a criticism that Arthur C. Clarke had about the 'Discovery' craft in "2001: A Space Odyssey". But Stanley Kubrick felt that it made the ship look too much like "a windjammer sailing vessel", or words to that effect.<br /><br />The lack of atmosphere complicates the simplest of tasks, such as getting rid of waste heat. Radiation is the only method which works. <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> The secret to peace of mind is a short attention span. </div>
 
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halman

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Thank you, shuttle_guy!<br /><br />How are the attempts to correct the problem with the flex hose coming along? <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> The secret to peace of mind is a short attention span. </div>
 
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bobw

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Will the pole be used from outside the bay or from the airlock? <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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summoner

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Cool, one of the most complex machines on Earth and they use a shuffleboard cue to stuff the guts in. <img src="/images/icons/wink.gif" /> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> <br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="width:271px;background-color:#FFF;border:1pxsolid#999"><tr><td colspan="2"><div style="height:35px"><img src="http://banners.wunderground.com/weathersticker/htmlSticker1/language/www/US/MT/Three_Forks.gif" alt="" height="35" width="271" style="border:0px" /></div>
 
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MeteorWayne

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Whatever works <img src="/images/icons/laugh.gif" /> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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bobblebob

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Have you seen whats holding the damaged solar array together? <img src="/images/icons/laugh.gif" />
 
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erioladastra

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"Does using power from the International Space Station reduce the load on the cooling system while on orbit?"<br /><br />S_G already answered generally, but note that this mission does not use Station power (i.e., this is not a SSPTS flight).
 
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MeteorWayne

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Any word if there will be a NASA TV News conference or teleconference after todays FRR?<br /><br />I haven't seen any announcement yet. <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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MeteorWayne

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Feb 1 2008<br />STATUS REPORT : S-020108 <br />NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report <br /><br />Mission: STS-122 - 24th International Space Station Flight - Columbus laboratory <br />Vehicle: Atlantis (OV-104) <br />Location: Launch Pad 39A <br />Launch Date: Feb. 7 <br />Crew: Frick, Poindexter, Schlegel, Eyharts, Love, Melvin, Walheim <br />Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles <br /><br />Launch Pad 39A<br />- Launch countdown preparations continue.<br /> - Call to stations is scheduled for Feb. 4 at 4:30 p.m.<br />- Payload bay door radiator retract hose issue fix under way<br /> - Hose located on starboard aft<br /> - X-rays show hose is in good condition and no leaks were detected<br /> - Engineers designed tool to guide flex hose back into storage box<br /> - Technician performing work tested the method Thursday with success<br /> - Payload bay doors scheduled to close using method on Sunday<br />- Orbiter aft closeout was completed Thursday<br />- Leak check was performed at the purge port of fuel cell No. 2, where no leaks were detected<br />- Flight crew stow operations were conducted <br /><br /><br /> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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MeteorWayne

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From spaceflightnow:<br />"As it turns out, engineers discovered a similar kink in a hose aboard Discovery late last year. That hose was removed and subjected to the sort of flexing it could expect to see over about a dozen door opening-closing cycles. A NASA spokesman said the hose continue to work normally with no signs of any internal damage. <br /><br />As a result, NASA managers called off plans for a Saturday engineering meeting and decided to press ahead with launch preparations. When Atlantis's payload bay doors are closed overnight Sunday, engineers will manually guide the kinked line into its storage container, using an improvised tool when the right-side door closes far enough to limit access. "<br /><br /> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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bobblebob

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Im getting excited now, so so long since a launch <img src="/images/icons/laugh.gif" />
 
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earth_bound_misfit

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Awesome SG! Sounds like the guys at KSC have a lot of work to do then.<br /><br />I'm really looking forward to the launch! <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p> </p><p> </p><p>----------------------------------------------------------------- </p><p>Wanna see this site looking like the old SDC uplink?</p><p>Go here to see how: <strong>SDC Eye saver </strong>  </p> </div>
 
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