Archive - Aug 2011 - Story
On the International Space Station Sunday night, the Dextre robotic manipulator system was put through its paces as flight controllers sent commands to set up the robot to replace a Remote Power Controller Module (RPCM) on the P1 truss. Dextre grabbed onto a new RPCM from the Cargo Transport Container (CTC) of spare parts mounted on a tool caddy on the robot and will install it on the P1 truss Monday night, replacing a faulty RPCM that will be placed back inside the CTC.
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1. Upcoming School Contact
2. Successful Contact with Hochtaunusschule
3. AMSAT Covers ARISSat-1
4. EE Times - ARISSat Blog
1. Upcoming School Contact
The first human-like astronaut robot - Robonaut 2 or R2 - has awakened at the International Space Station - and already started tweeting.
"Those electrons feel GOOD! One small step for man, one giant leap for tinman kind," said the robot's first tweet.
R2 was brought to the ISS in February 2011 on board of space shuttle Discovery.
It has been designed to work alongside humans, helping them both inside and outside the station.
The ISS Progress 44 spacecraft and nearly 3 tons of supplies for the International Space Station were lost Wednesday when the launch vehicle experienced a failure during the climb to orbit.
The launch took place as scheduled at 9 a.m. EDT Wednesday from Baikonur Cosmodrome (7 p.m. Baikonur time). However, Mission Control Moscow reported communication with the Progress 44 was lost 5 minutes, 50 seconds after its launch.
Mission Control Moscow reported that communication with the Progress 44 cargo craft was lost seconds after its launch at 9 a.m. EDT today. Preliminary data from the Russian Federal Space Agency indicated there was a problem with the propulsion system, and that the vehicle did not reach its desired orbit.
Just after 11 a.m., Mission Control Moscow radioed a report to the crew on board the station:
Mission Control Moscow reported an abnormal situation from the Progress 44 cargo craft that launched on time at 9 a.m. EDT today.
Progress 44 launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome into a cloudless sky at 7 p.m. Kazakhstan time bound for the International Space Station and a docking on Friday. At the time of launch, the space station was flying 230 miles over Equatorial Guinea on the west coast of Africa. The spacecraft is carrying 2.9 tons of food, fuel and supplies for the space station.
The ISS Progress 43 cargo ship undocked from the aft port of the Zvezda service module Tuesday morning at 5:37 a.m. EDT as the International Space Station passed 230 statute miles over northern China and was commanded to a parking orbit a safe distance away from the station for engineering tests and scientific experiments. Progress 43 will be deorbited on September 1 to burn up in the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean.
The Expedition 28 crew members living and working aboard the International Space Station closed out the week Friday by preparing the ISS Progress 43 cargo ship for its undocking and working on a variety of science experiments and maintenance tasks.