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STS-128 Press Kit

STS-128 Press Kit

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NASA Press kit for STS-128
NASA Press kit for STS-128

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Published by: Bob Andrepont on Nov 30, 2010
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Return Configuration

Located behind Leonardo in the space shuttle
payload is the Lightweight Multi-Purpose
Experiment Support Structure Carrier (LMC),
a non-deployable cross-bay carrier providing
launch and landing transportation. The LMC
is a light-weight shuttle stowage platform
that is maintained by the Goddard Space
Flight Center and ATK Space for NASA and
has flown on four previous missions
(STS-108/UF-1, STS-114/LF1, STS-121/ULF1.1
and STS-126/ULF2). The LMC weighs
1,108 pounds. The launch weight of the
integrated LMC is 3,926 pounds and the return
weight will be 4,146 pounds.

The LMC is the platform which carries the
Ammonia Tank Assembly (ATA), a critical
spare Orbital Replacement Unit (ORU), in the
space shuttle payload bay to the International
Space Station and returns with a spent ATA, as
well as the European Technology Exposure
Facility (EuTEF).

The LMC will be carrying a replacement ATA.
The tank, installed on the port one truss, is part
of the station’s cooling system for the electronic
components. The ATA that the space shuttle
returns with will have about 30 percent of its
ammonia remaining in its tank.

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PAYLOAD OVERVIEW

AUGUST 2009

EuTEF will be removed from its orbital
mounting platform outside of the Columbus
module. There will be a special Contingency
Pin Kit (CPK) carried on the LMC. The CPK
provides the EVA crew with frontside access to

the backside release mechanism of the Passive
Flight Releasable Attach Mechanism (PFRAM)
to Orbital Replacement Unit (ORU) restraint
system if required for safe return of an ORU on
the LMC.

AUGUST 2009

PAYLOAD OVERVIEW

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In the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, STS-128
Mission Specialists John “Danny” Olivas (left) and Christer Fuglesang (far right) inspect the ATA.

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PAYLOAD OVERVIEW

AUGUST 2009

EuTEF carries a suite of 13 different
experiments in the fields of exobiology,
fundamental physics, and technology requiring
exposure to the space environment. The
experiments and facility infrastructure are
accommodated on the Columbus External
Payload Adaptor (CEPA), consisting of an
adapter plate, the Active Flight Releasable
Attachment Mechanism and the connectors and
harness. The experiments are mounted either
directly on the adapter plate or an intermediate
support structure that elevates them for
optimum exposure to the direction of flight or
pointing away from the Earth.

The suite of experiments on EuTEF consists of:

• Exposure Experiment (Expose):
Exobiological organic samples exposure
facility

• Dosimetric Telescope (DOSTEL): cosmic
radiation environment measurement

• EuTEF Thermometer (EuTEMP): EuTEF’s
thermal environment measurement

• Earth Viewing Camera (EVC): Earth
observing camera

• DEBris In-orbit Evaluator (DEBIE-2):
Micrometeoroid and orbital debris detector

• Flux (Phi) Probe EXperiment (FIPEX):
Atomic oxygen detector

• Material Exposure and Degradation
Experiment (MEDET): Materials
degradation examination

• Plasma Electron Gun Payload (PLEGPAY):
Plasma discharge in orbit

• Experiments on Space Tribology (Tribolab):
Testbed for tribology (study of friction on
moving parts) and properties of materials

AUGUST 2009

RENDEZVOUS & DOCKING

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