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MAY 16th: THE LAUNCH

May 15th, 2011

Tomorrow at 8:56 a.m. EDT shuttle Endeavour will be finally launched to the ISS. AMS-02 team is really excited and concentrated at the same time: at JSC people are ready at the POCC (Payload Operation Control Center), hosted inside the BFCR (Blue Flight Control Room) at the MCC-H (Mission Control Center – Houston), from where they will control AMS-02 first operations. Three hours after the launch AMS-02 thermal control system will indeed be activated and data transmission checked; power will

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NEW LAUNCH DATE NET MAY 16

May 11th, 2011

STS-134 launch has been shifted again to a new “no earlier than” date: May 16th at 8:56 a.m. EDT. The window will be open till May 20th; then in order to avoid overlaps with undocking Russian Soyuz TMA-20, another launch opportunity will follow from May 22 to May 26. At JSC, STS-134 crew is ready to come back at KSC, where engineers and technicians are working hard to solve all issues at the orbiter’s Auxiliary Power Unit that caused the

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AMS-02 WON’T LEAVE EARLIER THAN MAY 8

May 2nd, 2011

After NASA technicians found the cause of Auxiliary Power Unit thermal issue that scrubbed the 29 April launch and decided to remove and replace an entire avionics box, STS-134 launch has been delayed to not earlier than Sunday, May 8th at 12:09 p.m. EDT: AMS-02 has to wait at least one week to begin its travel to the ISS. In the meanwhile at Houston people from the Collaboration, waiting to start their scheduled 24 hours control shifts are working on

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STS-134 DELAY: AMS-02 OFF TILL NEW LAUNCH

April 30th, 2011

The STS-134 launch delay due to a heater issue with the Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) and the at least 72 hours scrub won’t have any consequence on AMS-02 scheduled operations. The experiment will remain switched off till the new launch and AMS-02 team shifts at Houston for the control activities will be rearranged. A Sunday NASA technical meeting is foreseen in order to decide if Monday, May 2nd at 2:33 p.m. EDT would be a suitable date for the launch.

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