ISS News: February 2009 Archives

Name Node 3

Help NASA Name Space Station Node 3

"Voting will be open from February 20th to March 20th, 2009. NASA will announce the winning name in April 2009. NASA wants your opinion in naming the International Space Station's Node 3 - a connecting module and its cupola - before the two segments travel to space and are installed on the orbiting laboratory. The name should reflect the spirit of exploration and cooperation embodied by the space station, and follow in the tradition set by Node 1- Unity- and Node 2- Harmony."

Shenzhou VII, BX-1, and ISS

China microsat approaches the ISS, AGI

"The astronauts on board China's third manned space mission deployed a microsat (BX-1) from their Shenzhou VII spacecraft. After release, the BX-1 came within 23km of the International Space Station (ISS). To experience how this mission unfolded, please review one of the following resources ..."

Editor's note: Looking at the video, I guess you could say that Shenzhou VII "approached ISS too".

SpaceX COTS D Dragon Video

SpaceX: Support NASA Exploration and COTS Capability D (plus video)

"This will be a very big year for SpaceX and the NASA Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program. In 2006, SpaceX won the NASA COTS competition to demonstrate transport of cargo and optionally crew to and from the International Space Station. Under that agreement, SpaceX will conduct the second flight of its Falcon 9 launch vehicle and first flight of its Dragon spacecraft in 2009. The final flight, scheduled for 2010, will demonstrate Dragon's ability to berth with the Space Station."

Shaking on space station rattles NASA, MSNBC

"Under the worst-case scenario, such vibrations could rattle the station so much over the long term that the structure might begin to crack and leak. One of the solar arrays might bend out of position, affecting the station's power-generating system. Experts cautioned that it was too early to determine how likely or unlikely these scenarios might be."

NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 29 January 2009

"Reboost Oscillations Update: As structures specialists continue in-depth loads analysis of the 1/14 reboost anomaly, the call for the next reboost on 2/4 with the SM twin main engines is awaiting a Go/No-Go decision, to be made by the joint IMMT (ISS Mission Management Team) on Monday (2/2). [As of now, evaluation of the external video survey conducted over the last weekend and a review of subsystem data have not shown any off-nominal results.]"

NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 26 January 2009

"Reboost Oscillations: Joint assessment of the offnominal reboost on 1/14 is continuing. Moscow reported that the root cause of the observed strong structural oscillations was an error in parameter settings uploaded to the SM engine gimballing control system, which then caused a malfunction of a dynamic (frequency) control filter. Both the MCS (Motion Control System) and the filter itself are continuing to function properly. Corrective measures are underway."

NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 14 January 2009

"ISS Reboost: Today's planned reboost using the SM main engines was successfully performed at 1:06pm EST, with a burn duration of 2 min 22.4 s. Total delta-V achieved was 3.05 m/s (3.05 m/s planned). Mean altitude increase was 5.36 km (2.89 nmi). Science windows in JPM and Lab were closed for the thruster firings. The reboost is the first of two reboosts used to set up phasing for the STS-119/15A and 32P launches."

Video of oscillating station during reboost below



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