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By July 30, 2006 Read More →

Atlantis ready to move to Launch Pad

[color=#6200aa]Space Shuttle Atlantis has now been mounted on to her Solid rocket boosters and external fuel tank and it set to move to launch pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida on Monday.[/color]

[color=#6200aa]Atlantis will make the 4 mile journey from the vehicle assembly building to the pad on top of crawler transporter and it will take approximately 6 hours. The shuttle’s planned move is scheduled to begin at 12.01am EDT (04.01 GMT) on Monday 31st July.[/color]

[color=#6200aa]Final preparation will then be carried out in preparation for launch of mission STS-115 due on 28th August. The mission will continue the construction of the International Space Station.[/color]

[color=#6200aa]Tracy[/color]

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By July 20, 2006 Read More →

Discovery takes 93 Hits

[color=#6200aa] After Discovery’s safe landing on Monday from mission STS-121, the Orbiter was towed to the Obiter Processing facility where it will be prepared for it’s next mission STS-116.[/color]

[color=#6200aa]Preliminary inspection of the heat shield has identified 93 hits with 11 being over one inch in size. During the post mission press conference it was said that Discovery’s heat shield was ‘One of the cleanest [in terms of tile damage] that they had ever seen’. 93 hits sounds like a lot to me. Does anyone have data for previous missions? [/color]

[color=#6200aa]Meanwhile Atlantis is still being prepared for its next mission STS-115 due for launch on 28 August 2006.[/color]

[color=#6200aa]Tracy[/color]

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By July 19, 2006 Read More →

Orange SPV M3100

If you are looking for the M3100 review it’s HERE

During the MoDaCo Summer Event held at Orange offices last weekend I got a chance to get my hands on a nice new Orange M3100.

The M3100 is the latest in Orange’s SPV range of ‘signature’ devices. A number of other carriers will be providing the device (Codenamed Hermes by manufacturer HTC) but none have been as sexy as the Orange version.

SPV M3100

Orange M3100

I’ve used devices from the Smartphone and Pocket PC Mobile range since they first appeared back in 2001. This is the one device that I’m really excited about! It seems to have all the good bits of each of it’s predecessors. The design is similar to the K-Jam (HTC Wizard) devices with a keyboard design similar to that of the M5000 (HTC Universal).

Matt

Thanks to Sporkyguy for allowing the use of the excellent photos!

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By July 17, 2006 Read More →

Upcoming shuttle flights

[color=#6200AA]According to the post-flight press conferences for STS-121 they have the following shuttle flights planned:[/color]
[color=#6200AA]Atlantis – STS-115 due for launch on 28th August at the earliest[/color]
[color=#6200AA]Discovery – provisional launch date of 14th December.[/color]

[color=#6200AA]Atlantis is due for Rollover to the vehicle assembly building on Tuesday 25 July (maybe monday 24th) followed by rollout to the launch pad a week later.[/color]

[color=#6200AA]The next shuttle flights are concentrating on construction of the International Space Station. ISS is due to be completed by September 2010.[/color]

[color=#6200aa]NASA are also looking into the possibility of doing a service on the Hubble telescope during one mission as well. The decision regarding whether this will be possible will be taken this Autumn.[/color]

[color=#6200AA]Tracy[/color]

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By July 17, 2006 Read More →

STS-121 Crew have left Discovery

[Color=#6200AA]The STS-121 crew have disembarked the space shuttle Discovery after it touched down safely at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida at 9.14 EDT. The crew are taking a walk around the shuttle before returning to their crew quarters.[/color]

[Color=#6200AA]Discovery’s mission covered more than 5 million miles and the Shuttle came to a stop at 9:15:49EDT with a mission elapsed time of 12 Days 18 hours 37 minutes and 54 seconds.[/color]

[Color=#6200AA]Tracy[/color]

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By July 17, 2006 Read More →

Discovery Home Safe

[Color=#6200AA]Space shuttle Discovery has touched down safely at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida.[/color]

[Color=#6200AA]Tracy[/color]

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By July 17, 2006 Read More →

Discovery Home Safe

Discovery has just landed safely, more to follow!

Matt

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By July 17, 2006 Read More →

Deorbit Burn Complete

Deorbit burn has been completed. During the burn Discovery was flying upside down and backwards. The shuttle is now committed to landing today.

Matt

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By July 17, 2006 Read More →

Discovery Go For Deorbit Burn!

Mission control has given Discovery the go for deorbit burn! The thunderstorms have cleared and weather is forecasted to be good for the landing, scheduled for 9:14 a.m. We are 10 minutes away from the start of the deorbit burn.

Matt

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By July 17, 2006 Read More →

Discovery crew prepare to return

The crew of Discovery have been told to begin fluid loading, which means that they drink large amounts of fluids to aid them in their re-acclimation into Earth’s gravity. Each crew member will drink approximately 40 ounces of water. They are now dressed in their pumpkin-orange launch and entry suits.

Matt

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