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Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-09-2006 11:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Space shuttle Atlantis lifted off Kennedy Space Center's Pad 39B today at 10:15 a.m. CDT marking a return to flight for orbiter #104 after a four year hiatus, and a return to assembly missions to the space station.



Click here for photographs from today's events.


Aboard Atlantis is the six member STS-115 crew, the station's new P3/P4 integrated truss and a second set of solar arrays. During the planned 11-day mission, space station power generation will be doubled and 17.5 tons will be added to the ISS.

STS-115 astronauts Joseph Tanner, Daniel Burbank, Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper and Steve MacLean of the Canadian Space Agency will exit the ISS for three spacewalks. Commanding STS-115 is Brent Jett and Chris Ferguson is pilot.

This was OV-104's 27th liftoff.

[Edited by Robert Pearlman (September 09, 2006).]

HouseDadX4
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posted 09-09-2006 11:34 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fantastic launch..great way to start off a Saturday morning..Good luck and God Speed to the crew on a successful mission. Great to see construction of the ISS continue...

lunarrv15
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posted 09-09-2006 11:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lunarrv15   Click Here to Email lunarrv15     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
today, a good day for a launch.

safe here

mjanovec
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posted 09-09-2006 11:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looked like a really clean launch...didn't see any debris on the external tank camera. There was quite a bit of condensation buildup around the orbiter as it reached the Mach 1. I'm assuming the humidity was pretty high at the time of launch. There also appeared to be a visible shockwave around the orbiter as it passed Mach 1...or maybe that's just my imagination.

This launch shows that despite a hurricane, some fuel cell problems, and some tank level indicators problems that NASA was able to make their launch window.

KSCartist
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posted 09-09-2006 01:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I also noticed that the oxygen feedline was vibrating a bit during ascent. I understand that this may be due to the high Q acent profile. Can anyone explain this? I thought all ISS launches were the same, trajectory, orbital inclination, etc. Obviously there's a difference.

Tim

PS: BTW it WAS a beautiful launch. I love it when the atmospheric humidity allows my front picture window to vibrate.

[Edited by KSCartist (September 09, 2006).]

Steven Kaplan
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posted 09-09-2006 03:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steven Kaplan   Click Here to Email Steven Kaplan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A quick thank you to Robert for his usual steady stream of reports and photos on CollectSpace over the past few weeks.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-09-2006 04:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Its been my pleasure, Steven but I appreciate the words of support.

Space Shuttle Program Manager Wayne Hale has reported that Atlantis appears to have come through the launch without debris damage.

His preliminary analysis was based on imagery of the launch provided by cameras on the ground and mounted on-board the vehicle.

"There's just nothing to look at," said Hale, explaining his lack of any visuals to show during the briefing.

[Edited by Robert Pearlman (September 09, 2006).]

Ben
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posted 09-10-2006 10:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ben   Click Here to Email Ben     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tom, I think this was actually a low-q ascent due to the heavy payload (unlike last time). At the press conference Bill Harwood asked about it and I believe the answer was that it always shakes like that (so they say ;-)

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