ISS News: November 2004 Archives

Editor's note:MSFC ISS Tracker as of 3:20 pm EST 30 Nov: Altitude: 375.5 km

NASA JSC ISS Tracker as of 3:20 pm EST 30 Nov: Altitude: 358.44 km

NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 30 November 2004: ISS Orbit (as of this morning, 6:46am EST [= epoch]): Mean altitude -- 356.3 km, Apogee height -- 359.4 km, Perigee height -- 353.3 km

Editor's note: Why is it that this page, hosted by MSFC, one which shows the current location of the ISS (and the shuttle when it is in orbit), only has an incorrectly identified link (titled simply "spaceflight") to NASA's official Human Spaceflight page buried at the bottom of a separate links page? Again, why is MSFC so reluctant to openly point to clearly relevant websites hosted by other NASA field centers?

Why is it that NASA's Human Spaceflight tracking page has no link to MSFC's ISS tracking page - but links to a different page on its own webserver with the same functionality? Given the time and expense that went into developing both trackers, shouldn't people be allowed to see both?

But wait, there's more: these two official NASA ISS tracking sites show the ISS at different locations - at the same time!

29 November 2004: Expedition 10 Relocates Soyuz

"The Expedition 10 crewmembers successfully relocated a Soyuz spacecraft at the International Space Station this morning, setting the stage for their upcoming spacewalks. The relocation of the Soyuz allows Chiao and Sharipov to use Pirs as the airlock for their two spacewalks."

NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 28 November 2004

NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 22 November 2004

"Update on reboost underperformance: The Russian Commission looking into the 11/17 reboost underburn has unanimously determined that both onboard hardware and software involved in the maneuver were not at fault, and that the underperformance was caused by human error. Whether an additional reboost is needed to make up for the delta-V deficit, with a commensurate slip in Progress 16P launch, still needs to be determined by a joint ballistics team. [It appears that a new onboard computer setting controlling fuel flow, installed about a month ago, should have been inhibited for the reboost maneuver, but the single command to do so was left out of the uplinked command sequence.]"

The Russians Are Coming

11 November 2004: RSA Head to Appear in American Congress to Promote Russian Spaceship Sales, RIA Novosti

"Anatoly Perminov, the head of the Russian Space Agency (RSA), will go this mid-December to the United States to make a statement in the US Congress, reports his assistant Vyacheslav Davidenko. "Perminov plans to go in the middle of December on an official visit to the United States at NASA invitation. The RSA head is expected to make a report in the US Congress on progress in the construction and further exploitation of the International Space Station as well as to discuss the sale of Russia's cargo Progress rockets and Soyuz spaceships for carrying new crews to the International Space Station," said Davidenko."

4 November 2004: NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 4 November 2004

"Next week the SSRMS (Space Station Remote Manipulator System) will be used for an outside inspection of what appears to be a "dent" in the Lab module's exterior surface, specifically in the MM/OD (micrometeoroid/orbital debris) shielding surrounding the pressure shell."

ISS Launch Date Planning

NASA ISS Near-term Assembly Sequence Nov 1 2004

Editor's note: This internal NASA planning document shows tentative dates for Soyuz, Progress, Shuttle, and Ariane V/ATV launches. It also shows payloads to be launched and handover dates for upcoming expeditions.



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