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Orbiter: Endeavour
Mission: STS-127
Payload: ISS 2J/A
Launch: July 15, 2009
Time: 6:03 p.m. EDT
Site: Pad 39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Landing: July 31 @ approx. 10:48 a.m.
Site: Shuttle Landing Facility, KSC
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Landing flight director hopeful about weather
BY WILLIAM HARWOOD
STORY WRITTEN FOR CBS NEWS "SPACE PLACE" & USED WITH PERMISSION
Posted: July 30, 2009


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Optimistic the weather will cooperate for a morning landing, entry Flight Director Bryan Lunney said Thursday NASA will only staff the Kennedy Space Center for back-to-back landing opportunities Friday in hopes of bringing the shuttle Endeavour back to Florida.


Credit: NASA TV
 
But Endeavour only has enough carbon dioxide-absorbing lithium hydroxide for two additional days in orbit and if the weather or some other problem forces a wave off Friday, backup landing sites will be activated and Endeavour will return to Earth, on one coast or the other, on Saturday.

"We're only going to try KSC tomorrow," Lunney said. "If for whatever reason, the weather or some such thing we don't get there, on Saturday that's what we'll call 'pick 'em' day and we'll be coming home Saturday to whichever site is available from a weather perspective."

Overnight, engineers assessed laser scans from a post-undocking inspection of the shuttle's reinforced carbon carbon nose cap and wing leading edge panels, which experience the most extreme heating during re-entry. No problems were found and mission managers cleared the shuttle's heat shield for entry as planned.

Commander Mark Polansky, pilot Douglas Hurley, Canadian flight engineer Julie Payette, David Wolf, Christopher Cassidy, Thomas Marshburn and returning space station flight engineer Koichi Wakata plan to close the shuttle's cargo bay doors around 7 a.m. EDT Friday to set the stage for landing.

Assuming the weather cooperates, Polansky and Hurley will fire Endeavour's twin braking rockets for three minutes and four seconds starting at 9:42:02 a.m., slowing the ship by 218 mph to drop out of orbit.

The shuttle will hit the discernible atmosphere at an altitude of 76 miles at 10:16 a.m., gliding the remaining 5,000 miles to the Kennedy Space Center. Flying almost due north over Central America and Cuba, Endeavour's flight path will carry the ship across southern Florida before a sweeping left turn to line up on runway 15. Touchdown is targeted for 10:48:20 a.m.

A second deorbit opportunity is available one orbit later, at 11:16:55 a.m., setting up a landing at 12:22:42 p.m. Multiple landing opportunities are available Saturday, starting at 11:08 a.m. at Kennedy and ending at 3:48 p.m. EDT at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.


Credit: NASA TV
 
"Weather, as you know, in Florida is always kind of a challenge," Lunney said. "In a typical sea breeze situation, the winds come in off the ocean, that'll interact with the atmosphere and possibly cause some rain or thundershowers. We think, from monitoring what's happened the past few days and from looking ahead, that it won't start up until later, towards noon.

"Our landing, of course, is before noon," he said. "They were thinking between one o'clock, two o'clock out there it would start raining, or a good chance of starting to rain. The proof, of course, will come tomorrow. ... Right now, it's Florida, it's summer, so there's always, in my mind, kind of a chance of rain there.

"But in the morning, we'll have a much better sense of how that particular day is going to play out for us. Right now, the models, the predicts and looking at what's happened today, things are looking really good for us."

The Spaceflight Meteorology Group at the Johnson Space Center in Houston is predicting a few clouds at 3,000 feet, scattered clouds at 8,000 feet, a broken deck at 25,000 feet, light winds out of the south-southeast and a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms within 30 nautical miles of the runway. The chance for rain increases for the second opportunity one orbit later.

Here are updated timelines for Friday's deorbit opportunities (in EDT; best viewed with fixed-width font):


EDT...........EVENT


Rev. 248 Deorbit to KSC

Deorbit burn: 09:42:02 AM
Change in velocity (dV): 218 mph
Burn duration (dT): 03:04
Crossrange: 760 sm
Range from EI to KSC: 5,033 sm
Turn: 215-degree left turn to runway 15
       
05:42 AM......Begin deorbit timeline
05:57 AM......Radiator stow
06:07 AM......Mission specialists seat installation
06:13 AM......Computers set for deorbit prep
06:17 AM......Hydraulic system configuration
06:42 AM......Flash evaporator checkout
06:48 AM......Final payload deactivation
07:02 AM......Payload bay doors closed
07:12 AM......Mission control 'go' for OPS-3
07:22 AM......OPS-3 transition
07:47 AM......Entry switchlist verification
07:57 AM......Deorbit PAD update
08:02 AM......Crew entry review
08:17 AM......CDR/PLT don entry suits
08:34 AM......IMU alignment
08:42 AM......CDR/PLT strap in; MS suit don
08:59 AM......Shuttle steering check
09:02 AM......Hydraulic system prestart
09:09 AM......Toilet deactivation
       
09:22 AM......MCC 'go' for deorbit burn
09:28 AM......MS seat ingress
09:37 AM......Single APU start
       
09:42:02 AM...Deorbit ignition
09:45:06 AM...Deorbit burn complete
       
10:16:35 AM...Entry interface
10:21:42 AM...1st roll command to left
10:35:20 AM...C-band radar acquisition
10:36:06 AM...1st left-to-right roll reversal
10:41:59 AM...Velocity less than mach 2.5
10:44:09 AM...Velocity less than mach 1
10:45:08 AM...215-degree left turn to runway 15
10:48:20 AM...Landing


Rev. 249 Deorbit to KSC

Deorbit ignition: 11:16:55 AM
Change in velocity (dV): 218 mph
Burn duration (dT): 3:04
Crossrange: 292 sm
Range from EI to KSC: 5,086 sm
259 Left turn to runway 15
       
10:56 AM......MCC 'go' for deorbit burn
11:02 AM......MS seat ingress
11:11 AM......Single APU start
       
11:16:55 AM...Deorbit ignition
11:19:59 AM...Deorbit burn complete
       
11:50:54 AM...Entry interface
11:55:57 AM...1st roll command to left
12:05:41 PM...1st left-to-right roll reversal
12:16:13 PM...Velocity less than mach 2.5
12:18:27 PM...Velocity less than mach 1
12:19:07 PM...259-degree left turn to runway 15
12:22:42 PM...Landing

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