Shuttle News: September 2006 Archives

Atlantis Returns to Port

Atlantis, STS-115 Crew Return to Earth

"Space Shuttle Atlantis glided to a landing this morning at Kennedy Space Center, Fla., concluding a successful mission to resume construction of the International Space Station. Touchdown occurred at 6:21 a.m. EDT at the Shuttle Landing Facility. It was the 21st night landing for a space shuttle and the 15th night landing at the Florida spaceport."

Atlantis Return Delayed

Object Investigation, Weather Force NASA Managers to Wave Off Wednesday Landing for Space Shuttle

"The Mission Control Center in Houston informed the STS-115 crew about 10:45 a.m. EDT that Wednesdays landing attempts have been waved off due to an unfavorable weather forecast, coupled with the possibility of additional inspections of Space Shuttle Atlantis. An object was observed by flight controllers using a TV camera on the shuttle in close proximity to the spacecraft. It was observed following standard tests of Atlantis reaction control system about 2:45 a.m. today. Flight controllers continue to analyze the situation and are concerned the item may be something that came off of Atlantis."

ISS Construction Continues

Spacewalkers Press Ahead; Controllers Deploy Radiator

"Astronauts Joe Tanner and Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper are rolling through STS-115's third spacewalk. They are performing a wide-range of activities during the excursion, which is slated to wrap up about 12:20 p.m. EDT."

  • NASA STS-115 MCC Status Report #12
  • NASA STS-115 MCC Status Report #11
  • NASA STS-115/12A FD 06 Execute Package

  • Shuttle Launches

    Space Shuttle Atlantis Launches Beginning an 11 Day Mission, SpaceRef

    "The space shuttle finally launched today on it's 11 day mission to the space station. During the mission the crew will continue building the space station adding the P3/P4 integrated truss and a second set of solar arrays on the space station."

    NASA's Shuttle Atlantis Begins Mission to the Space Station, NASA

    "It's been almost four years, two Return to Flight missions, a tremendous amount of work by thousands of individuals to get the shuttle program back to where we are right now and that's on the verge of restarting the station assembly sequence," said Atlantis' Commander Brent Jett. "We're confident over the next few weeks, and few years for that matter, that NASA's going to prove to our nation, to our partners and our friends around the world that it was worth the wait and the sacrifice. We're ready to get to work."

    Editor's Update: Today's launch has been scrubbed 24 hours to allow engineers to troubleshoot the engine cutoff sensor issue.

    Engine cutoff sensor options debated, SpaceflightNow

    "NASA managers are mulling two options for dealing with the failure of a hydrogen fuel level sensor in the shuttle Atlantis' external tank: Flying as is today or standing down for 24 hours for additional troubleshooting."

    Editor's note: According to Wayne Hale the issues concerning Fuel Cell #1 have been resolved, no repairs are required, and NASA will be pushing ahead for a launch attempt Friday morning at 11:41 am EDT.

    Atlantis' fuel cell cleared for Friday launch try, SpaceflightNow

    "[Wayne] Hale said the fuel cell problem never violated NASA's safety guidelines and that Atlantis could have been launched, by the book, without any additional debate."

    NASA to try shuttle launch on Friday, USA Today

    "Space shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to lift off Friday at 11:41 a.m. ET despite the opposition of NASA safety officials and the manufacturer of a shuttle component that has been behaving abnormally."

    NASA Delays Shuttle Launch Another 24 Hours Due to Fuel Cell Concerns

    "At a 6 p.m. briefing on Wednesday, NASA's STS-115 Mission Management Team announced that because of the fuel cell anomaly it would be prudent to spend another 24 hours to research the issue. The management team will meet again at 1 p.m. on Thursday to assess the data gathered about the fuel cell issue and decide whether the launch will take place on Friday."

    Atlantis launch slips to Friday at the earliest, SpaceflightNow

    "The decision came at the end of a long day of troubleshooting, engineering analysis and discussion in which LeRoy Cain, chairman of NASA's Mission Management Team, recommended proceeding with a launch try Thursday. Shuttle Program Manager Wayne Hale and other senior agency officials disagreed and decided to err on the side of caution, ordering an additional 24-hour stand down."



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