STS-128 Discovery (OV-103)
Primary Payload: MPLM Leonardo / LMC
Launch Date: August 28
Launch Time: 11:59 p.m. EDT
Landing Site: KSC
[RTF-1]-STS-114 Discovery • [RTF-2]-STS-121 Discovery
-STS-115 Atlantis • -STS-116 Discovery • -STS-117 Atlantis
-STS-118 Endeavour • -STS-120 Discovery • -STS-122 Atlantis
-STS-123 Endeavour • -STS-124 Discovery • -STS-126 Endeavour
-STS-119 Discovery • -STS-125 Atlantis • -STS-127 Endeavour
-STS-128 Discovery • -STS-129 Atlantis • -STS-130 Endeavour
-STS-131 Discovery • -STS-132 Atlantis • -STS-133 Endeavour
Discovery (STS-128 / 17A) The primary payload of STS-128 is the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module Leonardo. Leonardo's purpose is to assist with establishing a six-man crew capacity by bringing extra supplies and equipment to the station. The MPLM will contain 3 racks for life support, a Crew quarter to be installed in Kibo, a new treadmill (C.O.L.B.E.R.T.). Marine Corps Col. Frederick W. "Rick" Sturckow (1995/15/STS-117) will command space shuttle Discovery on the STS-128 mission, targeted for launch 28-Aug-2009 @ 11:59 p.m. EDT. Retired Air Force Col. Kevin A. Ford (2000/18) will serve as the pilot. Mission specialists are NASA astronauts retired Army Col. Patrick G. Forrester (1996/16/STS-117), Jose M. Hernández (2004/19), European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Christer Fuglesang (1996/16/STS-116) and John D. "Danny" Olivas (1998/17/STS-117). The mission will deliver a new station crew member, Nicole Stott (2000/18), to the complex and return Tim Kopra (2000/18) to Earth. Ford, Hernandez and Stott will be making their first trips to space.
Managers to Gather Tuesday for Review :: Mon, 10 Aug 2009 01:31:38 PM PDT :: The Space Shuttle Program will begin its Flight Readiness Review on Tuesday, a standard session to evaluate launch preparations for the STS-128 mission. An executive-level FRR will set the official launch date for Discovery’s flight to the International Space Station. Liftoff is targeted for Aug. 25.
Name and logo unveiled for Christer Fuglesang’s mission to the ISS :: 3 August 2009 :: ESA has chosen ‘Alissé’ as the name of ESA astronaut Christer Fuglesang’s mission to the International Space Station. The name was proposed in response to a competition launched by ESA’s Directorate of Human Spaceflight in June… Selected from around 190 suggestions, the winning name for Fuglesang’s mission was proposed by Jürgen Modlich from Baierbrunn, Germany. The name refers to the 15th century explorers who used the trade winds to follow Christopher Columbus across the oceans to the New World. One of the most famous trade winds is the alizé (or alize), a steady north-easterly wind that blows across central Africa to the shores of America. By changing the letters ‘iz’ to ‘iss’, the target of today’s explorers is encompassed in the mission name: Alissé. In our new world, to reach Columbus (ESA’s laboratory on the ISS), we must follow the wind up to the skies and meet people from other continents on the International Space Station.
The logo for the Alissé mission features the wing of a bird enclosing images of the ISS and Shuttle, either side of two sets of horizontal lines. The horizontal lines symbolise different aspects of the mission. The two sets represent the two spacewalks to be undertaken by Christer Fuglesang during the mission. The bird’s wing adds to this symbolism of the spacewalks, as Fuglesang will seem to be flying around the ISS almost like a bird without the constraints of gravity.
The horizontal lines further evoke the wind through which the Shuttle flies in the logo to reach the ISS. The two sets of lines symbolise the Shuttle and ISS in their separate orbits as they close for docking. They also represent the two ESA astronauts on the Station during the mission.
The four individual lines also suggest the four space agencies of the astronauts on the Station during the mission. The bird’s wing and the symbols it encompasses also suggest how a bird looks down on Earth, while floating on the alize wind, similar to how the astronauts will look down on Earth from space.
The left-hand part of the ESA logo suggests the Moon as a future step for the Agency’s exploration goals, built on its current and past missions to the ISS. The mission name highlights the letters ‘ISS’ to suggest the mission’s target.
Discovery Set for Aug. 25 Launch :: Wed, 19 Aug 2009 08:19:06 AM PDT :: The Flight Readiness Review for space shuttle Discovery's STS-128 mission has concluded, setting the launch date for Tuesday, Aug. 25 at 1:36 a.m. EDT. "I can't say enough about the quality of the review we had over the past day and a half," said Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for Space Operations, during a post-FRR news conference Wednesday morning. "It was a very effective review; I think we're ready to go fly. It's a real tribute to be here with the team that's done a great job with engineering, the (Kennedy) team that's gotten us this far in processing." "I think the largest hurdles are behind us," said STS-128 Launch Director Pete Nickolenko. "The teams are in great shape to make this launch attempt on the 25th." Discovery's seven astronauts are set to fly to Kennedy's Shuttle Landing Facility in T-38 aircraft, arriving at about 7:30 tonight. › Bird Team Clears Path for Space Shuttles › Mission Summary (593 Kb PDF) › Press Kit (3.7 Mb PDF) › More about STS-128 Crew
Discovery's Launch Delayed Due to Weather :: Tue, 25 Aug 2009 08:57:53 AM PDT :: Launch of space shuttle Discovery was postponed early this morning due to lingering thunderstorms [+][+] in the vicinity of the launch pad. Launch has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 1:10 a.m. EDT. The mission management team will meet at 3 p.m. today to give the “go- no go” for tanking operations. The current STS-128 launch day weather forecast is 70 percent favorable conditions for tanking and launch. The primary concern is cumulus clouds and showers within 20 nautical miles of the shuttle landing facility at the time of launch. Launch commentary on NASA TV will begin tonight at 8 p.m.
Valve Problem Scrubs Launch Try :: Tue, 25 Aug 2009 03:01:00 PM PDT :: A problem with a fill-and-drain valve inside space shuttle Discovery's aft compartment has scrubbed the Wednesday morning launch attempt for STS-128. The launch team is evaluating the issue and has not set a new launch date and time at this point. [Official scrub time: 5:52 p.m. EDT]
Launch Team Targets Aug. 28 Launch :: Tue, 25 Aug 2009 07:23:35 PM PDT :: NASA is targeting space shuttle Discovery for a launch attempt Friday morning at 12:22 a.m., mission management team Chairman Mike Moses said. Engineers will evaluate a liquid hydrogen valve that developed problems during tanking operations Tuesday evening. Detailed test data about the valve will be examined before Discovery’s fuel tank is loaded with propellant ahead of Friday morning’s launch attempt. › NASA Sets New Target Launch Date for Space Shuttle Discovery › STS-128 Discovery Post-Scrub News Conference
Online Coverage: › Hydrogen valve in Discovery scrubs tonight's launch › CBS News STS-128 Status Report › SCRUB: Second STS-128 launch attempt scrubbed due to valve issue › SCRUB: STS-128 Launch Attempt 2 Updates
As Valve Analysis Moves On, Launch Team Resets :: Thu, 27 Aug 2009 02:12:00 PM PDT :: The mission management team opted to give engineers more time to refine their analysis of a fill-and-drain valve inside Discovery rather than push quickly into a new launch cycle, NASA pre-launch mission management team chairman Mike Moses said."We gave the team a day to go and keep working on it," he said. The decision moved Discovery's liftoff to Friday at 11:59 p.m. EDT to begin the STS-128 mission to the International Space Station. Engineers are comfortable that the 8-inch diameter valve will work just fine, but the extra time will be used to polish that conclusion and determine a series of possible steps in case another trouble comes up during a future countdown. STS-128 Launch Director Pete Nickolenko said preparations are already moving ahead toward Friday night's launch, including moving the rotating service structure around Discovery so technicians can replace the Tyvek covers protecting the nose thrusters of the shuttle. "In essence, we're ready to go," Nickolenko said. › STS 128 Discovery Launch Status Briefing