Shuttle News: October 2010 Archives

STS-133 Launch Delayed

Keith's note: NASA has delayed space shuttle Discovery's launch countdown by a day to repair air leaks in the right hand Orbital Maneuvering System Pod. The earliest launch attempt will be on 2 November. There will be a press conference today at 10:00 am EDT to discuss this issue.

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Update from Marc at KSC: Space Shuttle Discovery Leak Delays Launch to Tuesday, November 2, SpaceRef

"NASA briefed the media this morning on the helium and nitrogen leaks found last night on the space shuttle Discovery's right-hand Orbital Maneuvering System pod. NASA is confident the repairs will be successful allowing for a launch next Tuesday."

Budget cuts may doom extra shuttle launch, Orlando Sentinel

"Just weeks after President Barack Obama signed into law a new blueprint for NASA -- one that was supposed to add another space shuttle launch next year -- the compromise is in danger of coming undone by a lack of money. But with gains likely on Election Day, congressional Republicans are expected to have the muscle to block increases in the federal budget -- including a $300 million uptick for NASA -- during this year's lame duck session."

Stacked Shuttle Solid Rocket Boosters On the Move at KSC, Ken Kremer

"The twin Solid Rocket Boosters (SRB's) that will power Shuttle Endeavour for her final flight to orbit in February took a rare road trip outside the iconic Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at the Kennedy Space Center today, Wednesday, October 27. I witnessed the beautiful move first hand from just a few hundred feet away at the outskirts of the VAB. The scene was made even more remarkable since it was conducted adjacent to the Ares 1 Mobile Launcher built for NASA's now cancelled Project Constellation Return to the Moon program."

STS-133 Launch Date Set

NASA Sets Launch Date for Space Shuttle Discovery Mission

"Space shuttle Discovery is scheduled to begin an 11-day mission to the International Space Station with a launch at 4:40 p.m. EDT on Monday, Nov. 1, from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The STS-133 mission is Discovery's final scheduled flight."

One Last Load To Haul

Discovery's Cargo Arrives at Launch Pad for Final Flight, Ken Kremer

"Discovery's primary cargo is a new module for the International Space Station which will provide much needed storage space for the resident crew of the orbiting outpost. The module -or PMM - will be the last permanent addition to be contributed by the United States to the ISS. The secondary cargo element is the Express Logistics Carrier-4 which will house exterior space parts. The Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM) - also named Leonardo - was transported inside a large shipping canister from the Space Station Processing Facility (SSPF) to the top of Launch Pad 39 A. The canister was then hoisted up to a holding position on the massive Rotating Service Structure (RSS) from which the cargo will soon be loaded into the shuttle payload bay."

Mike Leinbach Looks Back

Inside the Firing Room with the Space Shuttle Launch Director, Ken Kremer

"As Shuttle Discovery was being processed in the iconic Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) for her very final mission of exploration (STS 133), I interviewed the Space Shuttle Launch Director Mike Leinbach inside the Shuttle Firing Room 4 at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) - where access is highly restricted. Launch Director Leinbach graciously spoke to me in the midst of an extremely busy and momentous day at KSC as the 100 ton orbiter was hanging by narrow cables from a bridge crane under the roof of the VAB for mating to the ET/SRB fuel stack that will power her last mission to the high frontier."



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