Astronauts should release the satellite from Discovery's cargo bay
on March 27, for a run hoped to last 15 years or more (SN: 1/6/90, p.
The AirLaunch approach improves upon previous air-release methods such as the 1974 Minuteman missile air launch demo, which rested the booster on a pallet that then deployed parachutes to drag the pallet out of the cargo bay
The Columbia, the oldest of NASA's four shuttles, was two hours into its 22nd flight when astronauts activated the pressurized laboratory in its cargo bay
and moved inside shortly afterward to begin round-the-clock operations.
On April 27 the entire contents of the canister are scheduled for installation into the Space Shuttle Discovery's cargo bay
while on the launch pad, awaiting an expected liftoff sometime between May 15 and June 3.
Then, as the shuttle Atlantis departed from the station, the IMAX 3D Cargo Bay
Camera captured stunning views of the entire International Space Station in 3D, with its golden solar arrays outstretched majestically against the backdrop of Earth.
Under the agreement, SPACEHAB and Astrium have agreed to expand the ICC program to offer new versions of this flight-proven unpressurized payload carrier, which is designed to fly in the cargo bay
of NASA's Space Shuttle.
Horowitz said he can recall the entire mission by concentrating on one specific event: the moment the Hubble telescope was released from the cargo bay
and sent back into a graceful orbit.
Then he will reposition the satellite toward fellow astronaut William Fisher, in the open cargo bay
, who will lock down the original activating switch, install some "shorting plugs' to make sure the sequencer stays out of action and, just to be on the triply-safe side, insert "safing pins' so that the rocket would not fire even if it got the signal.
Aircraft cargo systems utilize transport rollers to enable movement of aircraft cargo containers down the length of the cargo bay
confines of a narrow-body cargo bay
to handle bags or cargo.
Last month, billions of the tiny plastic spheres manufactured in the shuttle's cargo bay
during the flight went on sale as the National Bureau of Standards' (NBS') newest measurement standard.
The self-lifting and self-retracting doorway PDUs enable cargo to be moved into and around the cargo bay
door, the harshest environment in the cargo area.