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August 07, 2005

Deorbit and landing timeline posted

The expected timeline for the Shuttle landing is below, courtesy of the NASA website. All times Eastern.

Sunday, August 7, 2005

8:39 p.m.
Discovery Crew wake up

11:34 p.m.
Deorbit preparations begin

Monday, August 8 (Flight Day 14):

2:03 a.m.
Payload bay door closing

3:43 a.m.
Deorbit burn

4:46 a.m.
KSC Landing

Detailed landing timeline, from William Harwood's CBS News Space Update.

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

11:39 PM......Begin deorbit timeline
11:54 PM......Payload bay radiator stow
12:04 AM......Mission specialists seat installation
12:10 AM......Computers set for deorbit prep
12:14 AM......Hydraulic system configuration
12:39 AM......Flash evaporator cooling system checkout
12:45 AM......Final payload deactivation
12:59 AM......Payload bay doors closed
01:09 AM......Mission control 'go' for OPS-3 software transition
01:19 AM......OPS-3 entry software loaded
01:44 AM......Entry switchlist verification
01:54 AM......Deorbit maneuver update
01:59 AM......Crew entry review
02:14 AM......Collins and Kelly don pressure suits
02:31 AM......Inertial measurement unit alignment
02:39 AM......Collins and Kelly strap in; crewmates don pressure suits
02:56 AM......Shuttle steering check
02:59 AM......APU hydraulic power unit prestart
03:06 AM......Toilet deactivation
03:14 AM......Vent doors closed for entry
03:19 AM......Mission control 'go' for deorbit burn
03:25 AM......All other crew members strap in
03:35 AM......TDRS-West comsat acquisition of signal
03:34 AM......Single APU start

03:39:43 AM...Deorbit ignition (burn duration: 3:12; velocity change: 220 mph)
03:42:55 AM...Deorbit burn complete

04:15:07 AM...Entry interface (shuttle in discernible atmosphere)

04:20:07 AM...1st roll command to left

04:33:26 AM...1st left-to-right roll reversal
04:40:22 AM...Velocity less than Mach 2.5
04:42:32 AM...Velocity less than Mach 1
04:43:26 AM...Shuttle banks and turns to line up on runway
04:46:44 AM...Landing

Posted by george_whitesides at August 7, 2005 07:32 PM

 

 

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