STS-130 Pre Launch Discussion

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EarthlingX

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I'm gonna see this one live, even if i have to clone myself ..
 
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MeteorWayne

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LOL, I'm searching the hidden corners of the house for a backup alarm clock :)
 
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Zipi

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MeteorWayne":3awvglmd said:
LOL, I'm searching the hidden corners of the house for a backup alarm clock :)
Luckily this is almost perfect time to watch the launch for me. It is 11:39 Finnish time when Enveavour should go up.
 
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MeteorWayne

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Unfortunately, I'm up this morning watching a snowstorm, which means I'll be exhausted in 24 hours, so will need help :)
 
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EarthlingX

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MeteorWayne":3bganmnz said:
Unfortunately, I'm up this morning watching a snowstorm, which means I'll be exhausted in 24 hours, so will need help :)
Can i do anything ?

btw, nice snow show round here too :)
 
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MeteorWayne

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Naah, but thanx. I'll set the alarm on my cellphone, it should do the job :)

Not a lot of snow expected here (6 in, 15 cm), but at my elderly mom's, the total could exceed a meter! So I'm monitoring her location as well for morning advice.

Ironically, she moved south for 2 reasons...less snow (her total will now be > 50 inches for the season vs 20 here) and lower (i.e. MUCH) lower taxes.

Win some, lose some.

At least the weather at KSC should still be very good tomorrow morning...

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.ph ... it=0&lg=en

"Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 43. West northwest wind between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 60. North northwest wind around 10 mph. "

While the winds should be high in the evening, they should diminish into the acceptable range by early morning...
 
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EarthlingX

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NASA Administrator to Hold News Briefing at Kennedy Space Center
Date Released: Friday, February 5, 2010
WASHINGTON -- NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will meet with reporters covering the launch of space shuttle Endeavour at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The news briefing will be held at Kennedy's press site at 10 a.m. EST, Saturday, Feb. 6.
I just noticed it, but you probably know that.


STS-130, February 5, 2010, UTC 14:50 (+/-)

captured on NASA TV

Space.com article:
NASA to Launch Space Shuttle on Super Bowl Sunday
posted: 06 February 2010
05:52 am ET
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NASA is about to launch the mother of all Super Bowl pregame shows with the space shuttle Endeavour, which is poised to blast off before dawn on Sunday morning.
 
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Zipi

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Timelapse from RSS move:
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTxkk2JjZX4[/youtube]
 
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EarthlingX

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This is exactly the moment i managed to miss (was reading news and they silently sneaked it open) and not record.
(slaps himself with a trout)
Thank you Zipi.
 
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MeteorWayne

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The forecast is a bit better, with less gustiness to the winds overnight:

Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 44. West northwest wind between 10 and 15 mph.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 61. North northwest wind around 10 mph.
 
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EarthlingX

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T - 5h 37 min:

T- 5h 35 min

T- 5h 26 min
Start of fueling
 
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MeteorWayne

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From SDC:

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – A ground equipment glitch has slightly delayed the planned start of fueling operations for the space shuttle Endeavour as NASA counts down toward a predawn Sunday launch at 4:39 a.m. EST (0939 GMT). You can watch the action live on NASA TV.

A problem with a cabin pressure regulator on the gantry structure at Endeavour’s seaside Launch Pad 39A forced NASA to send a repair team out to the launch-ready shuttle. The team has already performed the fix and is returning to the Launch Control Center here at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

The glitch has delayed Endeavour’s fueling operations by about 45 minutes or so, NASA launch commentator George Diller said.
 
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3488

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I have just captured these from NASA TV.







It is still looking quite gusty at Canaveral.

Andrew Brown.
 
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3488

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Thanks EarthlingX.

Hope it does calm down.

Just announced the start of the slow fill of LOX.

Another nice view just captured.


Andrew Brown.
 
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3488

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I'm off to sleep now, hope to be up in time for the launch.

Good night everyone.

Andrew Brown.
 
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EarthlingX

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3488":x06ynz1j said:
Thanks EarthlingX.

Hope it does calm down.
Usually, sea in the morning is calm, flat. I think it has something to do with the heat exchange between the sea and land.

3488":x06ynz1j said:
I'm off to sleep now, hope to be up in time for the launch.

Good night everyone.

Andrew Brown.
nite :)
 
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MeteorWayne

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3488":vcgv1mqs said:
I'm off to sleep now, hope to be up in time for the launch.

Good night everyone.

Andrew Brown.
See you in a few hours, buddy!!

:mrgreen:
 
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EarthlingX

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T-4h:28min


T-4h:18min



T-3h:53min
.. fueling going smoothly ..
.. 20% violation ...
... wind in limits ...
still targeting 4:00 am launch
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MeteorWayne

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Now the evening forcecast is worse, windy speaking:

Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 44. Northwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 61. North northwest wind between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
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EarthlingX

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T-3h48
..wind as forecast .. w ...
.. velocity coming down as expected ..
.. forecasts holding ..
.. thick coulds up to the N ..
.. moving towards the S .. scattering on the go ..
.. scattered at this area at the launch time in the morning ..
.. does bear watching...
.. forecast unchanged ..
.. consistent overcast N .. gradually moving towards the S ..
T-3h46 and counting ..




T-3:27min
refueling going well ..
.. final inspection team going to the pad ...
..hope overcast scattering as it gets down, or be thin ..
.. winds are dying down as forecast ..
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T-3h25min


T-3h17min
.. test of pirotechnic circuts ..
.. verify to be safe for team ...
.. standard test ..
.. fueling operation going well ..
T-h3h16min


T-3h11min
.. Orbiter test .. complete .. stable and in the safe mode ... still to be done for SRBs ...
... final inspection in 45 min ..
.. 2h 15 min built in hold ..
T-3h09min


3h:3min
.. going down to the hold ..
T-3h and holding
.. communication systems being activated ...
.. test of the main engine controllers is now complete ..
.. another half hour ... before final inspection team ..
T-3h and holding.


T-3h and holding
.. 2h remaining in the hold ..
.. liquid hydrogen fueling almost complete, waiting for the oxygen .. always later ...
.. final inspection team ready, waiting for a go ...
T-3h and holding


T-3h and holding
.. 2h remaining in the hold ..
.. 90% on liquid oxigen ..
.. 50 after the hour will be fueling complete ..
T-3h and holding


T-3h and holding
over 2 h remaining
..entering topping stage ..
.. work at LO complete
.. checking alarm systems around the pad .. must be ready ..
.. communication check with tracking station ...
T-3h and holding


T-3h and holding
.. LO in stable replenish..
.. control switching is in the effect ..
.. don't touch the keyboard ! ..
.. alarm systems ready for the pad entry crew ..
..
.. security being told to close .. crew to enter launchpad ..


.. .. oxygen levels in the white room safe ..

...

...

...
... 5h away from ..
.. no issues to launch on time ..
.. info about mission ..


.. info about astronauts ..
.. sleep shifting .. night mission ..
.. weather briefing follows ..
.. no issues to launch on time ..

...
.. 1h 15 min remaining in the hold ..
.. info and video about the mission ..
...

...
.. 47 min in hold
.. no issues ..
... info on payload ..
.. Cupola, Tranquility ..


..
..astronauts still in the crew room waiting for weather briefing ..
.. no issues ..
.. possible ceiling at 4000 ft, increased cloudiness ..
.. along the possible threshold ..
.. 60 % probability for launch ..
.. flight for clouds inspection ..
.. one of abort sites must be available ..
.. forecasts for abort sites look good ..
.. it's just concern enough to watch ..
.. investigate winds ..
.. astronauts done with the weather briefing ..

.. ice team going through the inspection ..
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.. 2:59 and counting
.. no issues to launch on time ..
.. keeping an eye on the weather ...
.. flight for real time updates ..
.. info about the fueling process ..
.. minor issues, no impact on the schedule ..
.. watching the line of clouds ..
...

..


.. astronauts on in the bus, on the way to launch pad ..
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EarthlingX

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.. on the launch pad ..
.. going to the elevator ..


.. heading towards 2h20 min count ..
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.. no issues to launch on time ..
... 2h:15min and counting ..
... weather update in 20 minutes
.. cover seams reduced ...
.... comm check OK ...
 
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