STS-130 Endeavour (OV-105)
Primary Payload: Tranquility Node 3 / Cupola
Launch Date: Feb. 8, 2010 (No earlier than)
Launch Time: 4:14 a.m. EST
Mission Duration: 13 days
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-134 Endeavour
Endeavour (STS-130 / 20A) begins its 24th mission as the first flight in 2010, delivering the final connecting module, Node 3 (Tranquility), and the Cupola, a robotic control station with six windows around its sides and another in the center that provides a 360-degree view around the station. At least three spacewalks are planned during the 12-day mission. Marine Col. George Zamka (1998/17/STS-120) will command the 32nd station assembly mission, targeted for launch on 08-Feb-2010 @ 4:14 a.m. EST. Air Force Col. Terry Virts, Jr. (2000/18/CAPCOM: Expedition 8-15, STS-115, 116, 117), will serve as the pilot. Mission specialists are NASA astronauts Air Force Lt. Col. Robert Behnken (2000/18/STS-123), Kathryn Hire (1995/15), Nicholas Patrick (1998/17/STS-116), and Stephen Robinson (1995/15/STS-114). Virts will be making his first trip to space. » YouTube: The Ultimate Observation Deck
NASA Managers Say "Super Shuttle" Sunday Launch a "Go" :: Fri, 05 Feb 2010 09:00:50 AM PST :: Officials meeting at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida reviewed space shuttle Endeavour's readiness for flight at the L-2 prelaunch meeting. They unanimously decided to move forward with the STS-130 mission countdown to launch on Sunday at 4:39 a.m. EST. Mike Moses, shuttle launch integration manager, said, "We're really looking forward to this launch carrying up node 3 and the cupola. "From the shuttle program perspective, looking at our launch readiness, we're in really good shape. We had a fantastic review this morning," continued Moses, "Unanimous poll, everyone's pressing forward to go for launch." Bernardo Patti, ESA's International Space Station program manager, said how happy and proud he is to see the last two European elements ready for the space station. He also commented on the great support and cooperation between the space agencies and how rewarding the process has been. Mike Leinbach, shuttle launch director, reported his team is not tracking any technical issues and everything is on track for the rotating service structure rollback at 8 a.m. Saturday and loading of the external fuel tank with propellants around 7:15 p.m. "The team is energized and excited about the countdown... looking forward to getting Endeavour off the ground Sunday morning," said Leinbach. Kathy Winters, shuttle weather officer, said the forecast has improved and there's only a 20 percent chance weather would be an issue at launch time. Although it may be a little chilly and breezy, no constraints should be violated. The forecast at the transoceanic abort landing sites in Spain and France also looks favorable. Saturday at 7 p.m., NASA TV will air the fueling of Endeavour's external tank at www.nasa.gov/ntv. At 11:30 p.m., live launch coverage will kick off on NASA TV. You also can follow Endeavour's exciting countdown to launch with NASA's Launch Blog from inside Kennedy's Firing Room 3 beginning at 11:30 p.m. and continuing through main engine cutoff -- when Endeavour reaches orbit on its two-day race to the station.
"No-go" for Endeavour's Launch :: Sun, 07 Feb 2010 01:30:56 AM PST :: Space shuttle Endeavour's launch attempt has been scrubbed due to a low cloud ceiling over Kennedy Space Center. Managers initially plan for a 24-hour turnaround, but will evaluate tomorrow's weather before making a final decision. Next possible launch attempt is Monday, Feb. 8 at 4:14 a.m. EST.
2nd Attempt Updates :: Tanking for Endeavour Launch Begins at 6:50 p.m. EST · approximately 06:05:18 PM PST, Shuttle Weather Officer Kathy Winters briefed Shuttle Launch Director Mike Leinbach and Final Inspection Team Director Tom Ford on weather conditions for launch: "red" or “no go” for launch due to the low cloud ceiling · Weather is now "green" but there still remains a 40 percent change of "no go" at the 4:14 a.m. EST launch time. Conditions are expected to toggle back and forth throughout the countdown · Tanking Completed at 06:57:43 PM PST · Teams at the Pad doing final inspections & preparing for astronaut · Astronauts arrive at the Pad at 09:48:20 PM PST.
NSF: Endeavour on track as FD Alibaruho rallies troops in an Adama-style address :: February 5th, 2010 :: We will not fail to complete our assignment because we are Vigilant, Disciplined, Tough, and Competent. We will walk the halls of Mission Control with pride because Shuttle’s powerful boosters can only get the vehicle into orbit. It is our Morale, our will, and that of our crew that will actually move the mission from beginning to a successful end. We will not compromise in this. » NASA MOD: Foundations of Mission Operations
Launch of NASA's Shuttle Endeavour Sparks Early Monday Sunrise :: Feb. 8, 2010 :: CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space shuttle Endeavour lit up the predawn sky above Florida's Space Coast on Monday with a 4:14 a.m. EST launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center. The shuttle's last scheduled night launch began a 13-day flight to the International Space Station and the final year of shuttle operations.