STS-92

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STS-92
STS-92 launch.jpg
STS-92 launches from Kennedy Space Center, 11 October 2000
Mission type ISS assembly
Operator NASA
COSPAR ID 2000-062A
SATCAT № 26563
Mission duration 12 days, 21 hours, 43 minutes, 47 seconds
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft Space Shuttle Discovery
Launch mass 115,127 kilograms (253,812 lb)
Landing mass 92,741 kilograms (204,459 lb)
Payload mass 9,513 kilograms (20,973 lb)
Crew
Crew size 7
Members Brian Duffy
Pamela A. Melroy
Leroy Chiao
William S. McArthur
Peter J.K. Wisoff
Michael E. López-Alegría
Koichi Wakata
Start of mission
Launch date 11 October 2000, 23:17:00 (2000-10-11UTC23:17Z) UTC
Launch site Kennedy LC-39A
End of mission
Landing date 24 October 2000, 20:59:47 (2000-10-24UTC20:59:48Z) UTC
Landing site Edwards, Runway 22
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Perigee 386 kilometres (240 mi)
Apogee 394 kilometres (245 mi)
Inclination 51.60 degrees
Period 92.3 min
Docking with ISS
Docking port PMA-2
(Unity forward)
Docking date 13 October 2000, 17:45 UTC
Undocking date 20 October 2000, 15:08 UTC
Time docked 6 days, 21 hours, 23 minutes

Sts-92-patch.svg STS-92 crew.jpg
Left to right - Front: Melroy, Duffy; Back: Chiao, Lopez-Alegria, McArthur, Wisoff, Wakata


Space Shuttle program
← STS-106 STS-97

STS-92 was a Space Shuttle mission to the International Space Station (ISS) flown by Space Shuttle Discovery. STS-92 marked the 100th mission of the Space Shuttle. It was launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, 11 October 2000.

Crew[edit]

Position Astronaut
Commander Brian Duffy
Fourth spaceflight
Pilot Pamela A. Melroy
First spaceflight
Mission Specialist 1 Koichi Wakata, JAXA
Second spaceflight
Mission Specialist 2 William S. McArthur
Third spaceflight
Mission Specialist 3 Peter J.K. Wisoff
Fourth spaceflight
Mission Specialist 4 Michael E. López-Alegría
Second spaceflight
Mission Specialist 5 Leroy Chiao
Third spaceflight

Spacewalks[edit]

  • Chiao and McArthur – EVA 1
  • EVA 1 Start: 15 October 2000 – 14:27 UTC
  • EVA 1 End: 15 October 2000 – 20:55 UTC
  • Duration: 6 hours, 28 minutes
  • López-Alegría and Wisoff – EVA 2
  • EVA 2 Start: 16 October 2000 – 14:15 UTC
  • EVA 2 End: 16 October 2000 – 21:22 UTC
  • Duration: 7 hours, 07 minutes
  • Chiao and McArthur – EVA 3
  • EVA 3 Start: 17 October 2000 – 14:30 UTC
  • EVA 3 End: 17 October 2000 – 21:18 UTC
  • Duration: 6 hours, 48 minutes
  • López-Alegría and Wisoff – EVA 4
  • EVA 4 Start: 18 October 2000 – 15:00 UTC
  • EVA 4 End: 18 October 2000 – 21:56 UTC
  • Duration: 6 hours, 56 minutes

Mission highlights[edit]

Discovery lands at Edwards Air Force Base, 24 October 2000.
Illustration of the ISS after STS-92.

STS-92 was an ISS assembly flight that brought the Z1 truss, Control Moment Gyros, Pressurized Mating Adapter-3 (PMA-3) (mounted on a Spacelab pallet) and two DDCU (Heat pipes) to the space station.

The Z1 truss was the first exterior framework installed on the ISS and allowed the first U.S. solar arrays to be temporarily installed on Unity for early power during flight 4A. The Ku-band communication system supported early science capabilities and U.S. television on flight 6A. The CMGs (Control Moment Gyros) weigh about 27 kilograms (60 lb) and provide non-propulsive (electrically powered) attitude control when activated on flight 5A, and PMA-3 provides shuttle docking port for solar array installation on flight 4A and Lab[clarification needed] installation on flight 5A.

The mission included seven days of docked operations with the space station, four EVAs, and two ingress opportunities.

Over the course of four scheduled spacewalks, two teams of space walkers and an experienced robot arm operator collaborated to install the Z1 (Z for zenith port) truss structure on top of the U.S. Unity connecting node on the growing station and to deliver the third Pressurized Mating Adapter (PMA 3) to the ISS for the future berthing of new station components and to accommodate shuttle dockings.

The Z1 truss was the first permanent lattice-work structure for the ISS, very much like a girder, setting the stage for the future addition of the station's major trusses or backbones. The Z1 fixture also served as the platform on which the huge U.S. solar arrays were mounted on the next shuttle assembly flight, STS-97.

The Z1 contains four large gyroscopic devices, called Control Moment Gyroscope (CMGs), which are used to maneuver the space station into the proper orientation on orbit once they were activated following the installation of the U.S. laboratory.

During the fourth spacewalk, astronauts Wisoff and López-Alegría tested the SAFER jet backpack, flying up to 50 feet while remaining tethered to the spacecraft.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ STS-92 NASA Mission Report #15 NASA, 18 October 2008.

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