22 November 2002 - Evening Update - SCRUB! - Once again, Endeavour's
launch is postponed. This time,
weather was the
Florida skies were clear.
Mission managers tried in vain to
wait for the last moment before deciding to postpone the launch until
Foul Weather at TAL Sites Forces STS-113 Launch Scrub
weather at the Trans-Atlantic Abort Landing, or TAL, sites in Spain forced
managers to scrub Space Shuttle Endeavour's launch attempt Friday night.
The culprit was rainshowers.
STS-113 is now slated to begin its journey to the
International Space Station
at 6:50 p.m. CST Saturday [7:50PM EST/0050 GMT Sunday]. Forecasters and
managers will continue to monitor the situation.
coverage of Saturday's attempt will begin at 3:30 p.m. CST [4:30PM EST/2130 GMT].
NASA TV Schedule
22 November - Afternoon Update - After a brief technical issue with the launch platform, mission managers have
cleared Endeavour for
STS-113 Set to Begin Today
day has arrived for Space Shuttle Endeavour. STS-113 is scheduled
to lift off tonight at 7:15 CST [8:15PM EST/0115 GMT]. Workers began loading fuel
into the External Tank at 11:14 a.m. CST [12:14PM EST/1714 GMT].
is an 11-day mission to deliver the Expedition
Six crew and the Port 1 (P1) Integrated Truss Structure to the
Station. The STS-113 crew includes Commander James Wetherbee, Pilot
Paul Lockhart, and Mission Specialists Michael Lopez-Alegria and John Herrington,
and Expedition Six crew members Commander Kenneth Bowersox, Donald Pettit,
and Nikolai Budarin, a cosmonaut with the Russian Space Agency.
Weather is still a concern
at emergency landing sites in Spain,
but conditions at KSC were upgraded to 90%. Check the play-by-play links at right for
up-to-the-minute commentary, and watch the
whole thing live on NASA
TV! Launch briefing
22 November 2002 - LAUNCH DAY - Happy Friday, folks.
Shuttle Endeavour is scheduled
for liftoff tonight, if weather at KSC and backup
landing sites in Spain
"The rain in Spain can detain the space-plane." Here's the latest schedule:
21 November 2002 - Evening Update - We
now know the exact launch time for tomorrow's flight.
Releases Launch Time
managers announced Thursday that Space Shuttle Endeavour is scheduled to
begin its journey to the
International Space Station at 7:15 p.m. CST Friday [8:15PM EST/0115
GMT Saturday]. Two concerns that delayed the launch of STS-113 have been
addressed. The flex hose line that was leaking oxygen and a nitrogen flex
hose inside Endeavour have been replaced. Also, they cleared the shuttle's
robot arm for flight after analysis showed that damage received during
flex hose troubleshooting efforts would not prevent the arm from
performing its objectives during STS-113.
deliver the P1 (P-One) Truss and the Expedition Six crew to the
International Space Station. Weather forecasts indicate that there is an
80-percent chance of favorable weather at Kennedy Space Center, Fla., at
coverage of liftoff begins at 4 p.m. CST [5PM EST/2200 GMT] Friday.
Weather at the Florida launch site looks OK, with a 20% chance of high
Emergency landing sites
don't look so good, so keep an eye out for possible further delays.
21 November 2002 - Thursday - We should be
exact launch time tonight. So far,
we only know that it's
between 7PM and 11PM tomorrow
(that's between midnight and 0400
GMT Saturday). Weather looks 80% good at
Transoceanic Abort sites in Spain and Morocco look iffy.
20 November 2002 - Evening Update -
cleared for flight! Tests at the
robot arm's Canadian
damage will not affect the
mission. Also, the
oxygen line leak was
fleet-wide issue, so that makes
Endeavour good to go.
Shuttle Arm Cleared for Flight
managers announced Wednesday night that Space Shuttle Endeavourís
robot arm can complete its objectives at the International Space Station
during STS-113. The arm was bruised during efforts to troubleshoot an
oxygen leak inside Endeavour last week. Tests and analysis have now
cleared it for flight. During STS-113, the shuttle arm will be used to
lift the P1 (P-One) Truss out of the payload bay and hand it to its
station counterpart, Canadarm2.
Managers also closed the issue with Endeavourís flex hose
assemblies. A nitrogen and an oxygen hose have been replaced.
Endeavour is scheduled to lift off between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Friday (0000 and 0400 GMT Saturday). Managers will announce the official
launch time Thursday evening. Currently, weather forecasts indicate an
80-percent chance of favorable weather for lift off on Friday, with high
winds being the main concern.
The STS-113 crew arrived
back at KSC today - pics
20 November 2002 - Wednesday - The
concerns that the robot arm may not be
for this mission.
STS-113 Countdown Under Way
Kennedy Space Center Fla., preparations for a Friday launch of Space
Shuttle Endeavour continue to press ahead. The launch countdown is now
under way. Managers will meet tonight to discuss the damage that the
shuttle's robot arm sustained during activities to troubleshoot a leak in
an oxygen flex hose line assembly in Endeavour. They will also discuss the
flex hose situation. The oxygen line and a nitrogen line have been replaced.
A final determination about Endeavour's launch status could be
made tonight. Currently, STS-113 is expected to lift off no earlier than
Friday between 6 and 10 p.m. CST (0000 and 0400 GMT Saturday) to begin a
mission to deliver the Expedtion Six crew and the P1 (P-One) Truss to the
International Space Station.
Weather forecasts call for an 80-percent chance of favorable
weather at launch time Friday. The main concern is possible high winds.
At least Delta 4 got off the
19 November 2002 - Tuesday - Not much to report -
no word on whether the countdown has resumed, even though we were
a status update from
leak in an oxygen flex hose assembly forced managers to scrub the STS-113
launch attempt on Nov. 10. Repair work for the flex hoses damaged
Endeavour's robot arm. Tests will be performed on a robot arm boom in
Canada this week to gauge structural effects of the damage. NASA managers
and engineers continue to evaluate both technical issues to determine when
STS-113 can safely launch. So far, the earliest date for lift off is
Friday evening on Nov. 22 between 7-11 p.m. EST.
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launchpad processing pics are up at
18 November 2002 - Monday - A
decision had been expected today to
confirm Endeavour's Friday launch, but Shuttle managers are going to
keep mum until Wednesday. The
is expected to resume
Flex Hose, Robot Arm Analyses Continue
Analyses of two technical issues that have delayed the launch of STS-113
continue. Engineers are evaluating flex hoses throughout Space Shuttle
Endeavour. A leak in an oxygen flex hose assembly forced managers to scrub
Endeavour's launch attempt Nov. 10.
Engineers continue to evaluate damage that Endeavour's robot arm
sustained during flex hose troubleshooting efforts last week. Tests will
be performed on a robot arm boom in Canada this week to gauge structural
effects of the damage.
Managers will meet Wednesday to assess STS-113's launch status.
Currently, STS-113 is slated to lift off no earlier than Nov. 22 to begin
its mission to deliver the P1 (P-One) Truss and the Expedition Six crew to
the International Space Station.
Also, more information is coming out about the
on the Expedition 6 crew
July. It seems that Thomas' extensive
flight time has
exposed him to some
radiation, and NASA doctors were concerned about the further exposure
that a 4-to-6
month assignment on
Alpha would lead to.
17 November 2002 - Sunday - Ground crews are
working through the weekend to determine the
extent of the damage to Endeavour's robotic arm. If it cannot fly, the
arm could be removed, and the
P1 Truss installation routine could be
modified to rely entirely on the
Station's own robotic arm.
require a few weeks for arm removal and training for the new
installation method. The
worst-case scenario is that the arm would need to be repaired, which
Endeavour would have to come off the pad, delaying the flight until
January. Meanwhile, in orbit,
Expedition 5 is getting ready for the
Space Station Crew Practices P1 Installation
Aboard the International Space Station this past week, the Expedition Five
crew continued to prepare for the arrival STS-113, which will deliver
Expedition Six and the P1 (P-One) Truss. The crew practiced the
installation of the P1 to the port end of the S0 (S-Zero) Truss by
performing a dry run with the station robot arm, Canadarm2. The addition
of the P1 will continue the outward expansion of the station. Commander
Valery Korzun, NASA ISS Science Officer Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineer
Sergei Treschev also continued to pack for their return home with STS-113
and labeled space station experiment racks.
A launch for this Friday is
still possible, but the
ISS crew has plenty of supplies if they did need to stay until January.
15 November 2002 - Friday - Another Delay -
Endeavour's launch has been
pushed back to
Friday, Nov 22nd
due to concerns about the robot arm and scheduling conflicts with the
Delta IV launch that also got delayed.
The cause of the oxygen leak,
now repaired, is suspected to be
metal fatigue. After a 7:30PM EST conference,
Shuttle Endeavour to Launch No Earlier Than Nov. 22
The 16th shuttle flight to the International Space Station, STS-113, is
now slated to launch no earlier than Nov. 22 between 6 and 10 p.m. CST
(0000 and 0400 GMT Nov. 23). Friday's decision was made due to launch
conflicts in the Eastern Range.
The new launch date will give engineers more time to understand the cause
of a leak in a faulty flex hose assembly in Space Shuttle Endeavour that forced
managers to postpone the launch on Nov. 10. The flex hose assembly was
successfully replaced. Also, engineers have more time to evaluate damage
that the Endeavour's arm sustained during the repair work. The robot arm
will be used to lift the P1 (P-One) Truss out of the payload bay and hand
it to its station counterpart, Canadarm2.
For security reasons, NASA will not announce the exact
launch time until
24 hours in advance. For now, all we know is sometime between 7 and 11PM EST.