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STS-134 Endeavour Flight Day #15 :: STORRM

 • NASA Langley brings the STORRM to Florida • 
 • STORRM Team Recognized for Support of STS-134 • 
 • The STORRM team celebrates the successful completion of the flight test • 
 • NASA, Lockheed Martin & Ball Aerospace Team Complete On-Orbit
Orion MPCV Navigation System Test During STS-134 Shuttle Mission

Endeavour Re-Rendezvous for STORRM Begins :: Sun, 29 May 2011 10:45:00 PM PDT :: At 1:36 a.m. EDT, space shuttle Endeavour's engines were fired a second time, the first maneuver to bring Endeavour back toward the station for the Sensor Test for Orion Relative-navigation Risk Mitigation, or STORRM. Commander Mark Kelly is piloting Endeavour for the re-rendezvous. Endeavour will approach within about 600 feet of the station. STORRM is examining sensor technologies that could make it easier for future space vehicles to dock to the International Space Station. STORRM's visual navigation system will provide an image of the space station. The visual navigation system is an eye-safe flash lidar system that operates very much like a stop sign reflecting headlights. On the docking port of the space station are specialized retro-reflectors -- which are made from material similar to that used on stop signs -- that bounce light back with minimal scattering. The lidar targets the retro-reflectors to calculate the range and line-of-sight angle measurements that the system then provides to the relative navigation software. Nearly five hours after undocking, Endeavour’s engines will fire again to depart the station’s vicinity. The shuttle will begin to increase its distance behind the station with each trip around Earth.

Endeavour Undocks from Station :: Sun, 29 May 2011 09:00:04 PM PDT :: At 11:55 p.m. EDT Sunday, space shuttle Endeavour undocked from the International Space Station. Endeavour spent 11 days, 17 hrs and 41 minutes docked to the orbiting laboratory. At undocking, the spacecraft were 215 miles above LaPaz, Bolivia. The fly around of the space station will begin at 12:22 a.m., with Pilot Greg Johnson maneuvering Endeavour to circle the station at a distance of about 600 feet. The shuttle crew members will take detailed photographs of the external structure of the station, which serves as important documentation for the ground teams in Houston to monitor the orbiting laboratory. Once the shuttle completes 1.5 revolutions of the complex, Johnson will fire Endeavour’s jets to leave the area. Nearly two hours after undocking a second firing of the engines, which would normally take the shuttle further away, will serve as the first maneuver to bring Endeavour back toward the station for the Sensor Test for Orion Relative-navigation Risk Mitigation, or STORRM. Commander Mark Kelly will pilot Endeavour for the re-rendezvous. The test will characterize the performance of sensors in Endeavour’s payload bay and acquisition of reflectors on the shuttle’s docking target at the station. The re-rendezvous will mimic the Orion vehicle’s planned rendezvous trajectory and will approach no closer than 600 feet to the station. Endeavour is targeted to approach the station to a point 1,000 feet below and 300 feet behind the station at its closest point.

» FD12 Mission Status Briefing w/ Gary Horlacher (STS-134 Lead Space Shuttle Flight Director) & Heather Hinkel (STORRM Principal Investigator)

 • STORRM: Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. • 
 • Ball Aerospace, Lockheed Martin Demonstrate New Docking System Technology • 
 • User:Storrm trooper • 
 • Duluth Native Takes NASA by 'STORRM' • 
 • STORRM = Sensor Test of Orion Rel-Nav Risk Mitigation • 
 • STS-134 Mission Overview Briefing Materials • 
 • STS-134 Mission Status Briefing Materials: STORRM • 
 • STS-134 crew members get STORRM briefing • 
 • STS-134 - Flight Dynamics Officer STORRM Update • 
 • PDF: Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle Project Milestones • 
 • PDF: STS-131 Press Kit • PDF: STS-134 Press Kit • 
 • STS-134 Execute Packages (3,4,5,6,9,10,13) • 
 • ISS On-Orbit Status 05/30/11 • 05/18/11 • 04/07/10 • 

 • About the Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) • 

NASA Announces Key Decision For Next Deep Space Transportation System :: 05.24.11 - NASA has reached an important milestone for the next U.S. transportation system that will carry humans into deep space. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden announced today that the system will be based on designs originally planned for the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle. Those plans now will be used to develop a new spacecraft known as the Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV). "We are committed to human exploration beyond low-Earth orbit and look forward to developing the next generation of systems to take us there," Bolden said. "The NASA Authorization Act lays out a clear path forward for us by handing off transportation to the International Space Station to our private sector partners, so we can focus on deep space exploration. As we aggressively continue our work on a heavy lift launch vehicle, we are moving forward with an existing contract to keep development of our new crew vehicle on track." Lockheed Martin Corp. will continue working to develop the MPCV. The spacecraft will carry four astronauts for 21-day missions and be able to land in the Pacific Ocean off the California coast. The spacecraft will have a pressurized volume of 690 cubic feet, with 316 cubic feet of habitable space. It is designed to be 10 times safer during ascent and entry than its predecessor, the space shuttle. "This selection does not indicate a business as usual mentality for NASA programs," said Douglas Cooke, associate administrator for the agency's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate in Washington. "The Orion government and industry team has shown exceptional creativity in finding ways to keep costs down through management techniques, technical solutions and innovation." To learn more about the development of the MPCV, visit: Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle

» NASA Administrator Bolden's MPCV (Orion) Statement

NASA Announces Milestone For Future Human Spaceflight :: 05.23.11 - NASA will host a media teleconference at 3:30 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 24, to discuss an agency decision that will define the next transportation system to carry humans into deep space. Douglas Cooke, associate administrator for NASA's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate in Washington, will take reporters' questions during the teleconference. To participate, reporters must e-mail their name, media affiliation and telephone number to J.D. Harrington at by 2:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday… For more information about NASA's plans for future human space exploration, visit: Human Space Exploration

Tags: endeavour, mpcv, nasa, orion, re-rendezvous, storrm, sts-134

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