Latest Integrated Truss Structure Stories

astronaut Steve Swanson
2014-04-23 09:25:46

[ Watch the Video: Astronauts Replace Backup Computer During Spacewalk ] NASA UPDATE: April 23, 2014 (10:35AM CDT) NASA Astronauts Steve Swanson and Rick Mastracchio have completed a short spacewalk to replace a failed Multiplexer/Demultiplexer (MDM) back up computer. They began the re-pressurization of the Quest airlock at 11:32 a.m. EDT signifying the excursion’s end time. The backup computer failed April 11 after a routine health check by the Mission Control team in Houston....

Entrepreneur Finds New Uses For Shuttle Truss
2013-05-14 08:06:24

NASA A truss design devised to help workers process space shuttles continues to find new uses as a space shuttle engineer-turned-entrepreneur adapts it to everything from a solar-powered electric generator to a mobile cellphone tower. The structure, which is constantly being redesigned into smaller packages that unfold to larger sizes, is also envisioned for Mars or other space destinations where it could be deployed to connect modules for astronauts. Jim Fletcher, who worked for...

2010-05-14 08:00:00

SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2009 Robert J. Collier Trophy has been presented to NASA and the International Space Station Team by the National Aeronautic Association. The Collier Trophy is awarded annually "for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America, with respect to improving the performance, efficiency, and safety of air or space vehicles, the value of which has been thoroughly demonstrated by actual use during the preceding year." The 2009...

2009-03-21 11:35:00

SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The fourth and final pair of massive solar arrays, built by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) at its Space Systems facility in Sunnyvale, have been installed on the International Space Station by the crew of the space shuttle Discovery. The two new arrays have been deployed and are generating electricity. "It is a testament to the professionalism of the STS-119 crew and the mission support team that they made this challenging ISS construction project...

2009-03-20 13:26:03

The crew of the shuttle Discovery Friday installed solar wings that can double the electricity available on the International Space Station, NASA said. When extended, the array measures 240 feet tip to tip and adds 9,600 square feet to the station's solar arrays, the U.S. space agency said. The installation was delayed after a small ripple in one of the arrays was discovered, but Mission Control in Houston said it wasn't an issue and, flattened out naturally when the array was extended. The...

2009-03-17 13:32:02

Talk about a big construction project... Astronauts are about to add a pair of 115-foot-long solar wings to the International Space Station. The station's solar arrays are the largest deployable space assemblies ever built and the most powerful electricity producing arrays in orbit. Each wing weighs 2,400 pounds, uses 32,800 individual solar cells, and adds about 4000 sq. feet of light-collecting surface area to the ISS. When the work is done, the space station will have enough usable...

2006-08-01 08:45:00

The next part of the International Space Station might resemble a cocoon when tucked inside Space Shuttle Atlantis for flight. But by the time it's deployed in space, the segment that will provide a quarter of the completed station's power capability will look more like an extremely large butterfly. The port three and four (P3/P4) integrated truss segment is the prime payload of the STS-115 mission, scheduled to lift off from Launch Pad 39B at Kennedy Space Center, Fla., in late August or...

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