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Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-21-2011 06:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA update
Space Shuttle Program baselines STS-135

On Thursday, the Space Shuttle Program baselined the STS-135 mission for a target launch date of June 28. It is NASA's intent to fly the mission with orbiter Atlantis carrying the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module to deliver supplies, logistics and spare parts to the International Space Station.


Space shuttle Atlantis inside Orbiter Processing Facility-1. Credit: NASA

The mission will also fly a system to investigate the potential for robotically refueling existing spacecraft and return a failed ammonia pump module to help NASA better understand the failure mechanism and improve pump designs for future systems.

In late December, the agency's Space Operations Mission Directorate requested the shuttle and International Space Station programs take the necessary steps to maintain the capability to fly Atlantis on the STS-135 mission.

The Authorization Act of 2010 directs NASA to conduct the mission, and baselining the flight enables the program to begin preparations for the mission with a target launch date of June 28. The mission would be the 135th and final space shuttle flight.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 01-21-2011 08:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does this mean STS-135 is funded or not?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-21-2011 09:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Congress has yet to appropriate the funds for this mission, but in order to protect the option to fly STS-135, NASA needed to begin its normal pre-flight preparations.

ASCAN1984
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posted 01-21-2011 04:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASCAN1984   Click Here to Email ASCAN1984     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Who do you think the crew could be? Will Tim Kopra be in with a good chance?

Delta7
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posted 01-21-2011 04:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Delta7   Click Here to Email Delta7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The crew has already been announced.
  • CDR Chris Ferguson
  • PLT Doug Hurley
  • MS Sandra Magnus
  • MS Rex Walheim

Henry Heatherbank
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posted 01-21-2011 05:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Henry Heatherbank     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Kopra has no chance of being added, by way of "consolation prize", as a fifth crew member. As I understand it, crew is limited to four to maximise up-lift of payload to ISS, and also because of Soyuz rescue considerations.

I assume, however, that Kopra is of the right ergonomic size that he could fit in a Soyuz, given his prior stint onboard ISS, its just the end-of-program considerations mean there can and will be no fifth crew member on this last shuttle mission should it be funded and fly.

Delta7
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posted 01-31-2011 07:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Delta7   Click Here to Email Delta7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA has now posted pictures of the STS-135 crew training, in it's gallery.

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