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STS-117



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STS-117
Credit: NASA
Crew: Sturckow, Archambault, Forrester, Swanson, Olivas, Reilly. Final major step in assembly of the ISS truss and power-generating solar array segments. The S3/S4 Truss and its solar arrays were delivered and installed.

Mission STS-117 constituted the final major step in assembly of the ISS truss and power-generating solar array segments. The S3/S4 Truss and its solar arrays were delivered and installed. Long-term ISS NASA crewmember Clayton Anderson was delivered to the station, Sunita Williams was returned to earth.

The flight delayed and revised after the Columbia disaster. STS-117 was to have originally flown ISS Assembly mission ISS-13A on 2 October 2003 with the crew of Sturckow, Polansky, Reilly, Mastracchio, Higginbotham, and Forrester. It would have delivered the second right-side truss segment (ITS S3/S4) and a solar array set and batteries. The crew would have attached the S3/S4 Truss to the first starboard truss, the S1, along with the third set of solar arrays. They then would have delivered four external attachment sites for truss-mounted exterior experiments and research; activated and checked out the S4 Truss Solar Alpha Rotary Joint (SARJ); deployed the channel 1A and 3A solar arrays; reconfigured the station power supply; and retracted the P6 Truss Channel 2B (starboard) solar array. As flown, Mastracchio was moved to STS-118, Polansky and Higginbotham were moved to STS-116 and replaced by Archambault and Olivas..

AKA: Atlantis; ISS-13A.
First Launch: 2007.06.08.
Last Launch: 2007.06.22.
Duration: 13.84 days.

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Associated People
  • Reilly Reilly, Dr James Francis II 'JR' (1954-) American geologist mission specialist astronaut. Flew on STS-89, STS-104, STS-117. More...
  • Forrester Forrester, Patrick Graham (1957-) American test pilot mission specialist astronaut. Flew on STS-105, STS-117, STS-128. More...
  • Archambault Archambault, Lee Joseph 'Bru' (1960-) American test pilot astronaut. Flew on STS-117, STS-119. Grew up in Bellwood, Illinois. Flew 22 combat missions in F-117s during the Gulf War. More...
  • Swanson Swanson, Steven Ray 'Swanny' (1960-) American computer scientist mission specialist astronaut. Flew on STS-117, STS-119. More...
  • Sturckow Sturckow, Frederick Wilford 'Rick' (1961-) American test pilot astronaut. Flew on STS-88, STS-105, STS-117, STS-128. Grew up in Lakeside, California. US Marine Corps. Flew 41 combat missions in Operation Desert Storm. More...
  • Olivas Olivas, John Daniel 'Danny' (1965-) Hispanic-American engineer mission specialist astronaut 1998-2010. Flew on STS-117, STS-128. More...
  • Williams Williams, Sunita Lyn 'Suni' (1965-) American test pilot mission specialist astronaut. Flew on ISS EO-14-1. US Navy test pilot. Grew up in Needham, Massachusetts. More...

Associated Countries
Associated Spacecraft
  • Atlantis American manned spaceplane. 33 launches, 1985.10.03 to 2011.07.08. The space shuttle Atlantis was the fourth orbiter to become operational at Kennedy Space Center, and the last of the original production run. More...

See also
Associated Flights
  • ISS EO-15-2 Anderson replaced Williams as third long-duration crew member aboard the station. More...
  • ISS EO-15-1 NASA long-term third ISS astronaut residence mission. Crew: Anderson Clayton. Record duration female mission. Williams replaced Reiter as third long-duration crew member aboard the station. Backup crew: Chamitoff. More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • NASA American agency overseeing development of rockets and spacecraft. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, USA, USA. More...

Associated Programs
  • ISS Finally completed in 2010 after a torturous 25-year development and production process, the International Space Station was originally conceived as the staging post for manned exploration of the solar systrem. Instead, it was seemed to be the death knell of manned spaceflight. More...

Associated Launch Sites
  • Cape Canaveral America's largest launch center, used for all manned launches. Today only six of the 40 launch complexes built here remain in use. Located at or near Cape Canaveral are the Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island, used by NASA for Saturn V and Space Shuttle launches; Patrick AFB on Cape Canaveral itself, operated the US Department of Defense and handling most other launches; the commercial Spaceport Florida; the air-launched launch vehicle and missile Drop Zone off Mayport, Florida, located at 29.00 N 79.00 W, and an offshore submarine-launched ballistic missile launch area. All of these take advantage of the extensive down-range tracking facilities that once extended from the Cape, through the Caribbean, South Atlantic, and to South Africa and the Indian Ocean. More...

STS-117 Chronology


2007 June 6 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #07-31 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Williams; Sturckow; Kotov; Yurchikhin. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117. Summary: The Expedition 15 crew completed the second spacewalk in eight days and continued preparations for space shuttle Atlantis' arrival at the International Space Station.. Additional Details: here....

2007 June 8 - .
2007 June 8 - . 23:38 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC39A. LV Family: Shuttle. Launch Vehicle: Shuttle. LV Configuration: Space Shuttle STS-117.
  • STS-117 - . Call Sign: Atlantis. Crew: Sturckow; Archambault; Forrester; Swanson; Olivas; Reilly; Anderson, Clayton. Return Crew: Sturckow; Archambault; Forrester; Swanson; Olivas; Reilly; Williams. Payload: Atlantis F28 / S3, S4. Mass: 122,685 kg (270,474 lb). Nation: USA. Related Persons: Sturckow; Archambault; Forrester; Swanson; Olivas; Reilly; Anderson, Clayton; Williams. Agency: NASA. Manufacturer: Boeing. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spaceplane. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117; ISS EO-15-2. Spacecraft: Atlantis. Duration: 13.84 days. Decay Date: 2007-06-22 . USAF Sat Cat: 31600 . COSPAR: 2007-024A. Apogee: 341 km (211 mi). Perigee: 330 km (200 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 91.20 min. The shuttle delivered the S3 and S4 truss segments to the starboard side of the International Space Station. The crew made three spacewalks to install these truss segments, conduct other station reconfiguration and installation work, deploy the solar arrays and prepare them for operation. A fourth spacewalk was added to repair loose re-entry insulation on the shuttle and get-ahead installation work on the outside of the station. The shuttle delivered NASA long-term ISS crew member Clayton Anderson to the station; and returned Suni Williams to earth. At the conclusion of this mission the station finally achieved its full-power, dual-boom configuration first conceived for Space Station Freedom in the 1980's.

2007 June 9 - .
2007 June 9 - .
2007 June 10 - .
2007 June 10 - .
2007 June 11 - .
2007 June 11 - .
  • STS-117 MCC Status Report #07 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Reilly; Olivas; Forrester; Archambault; Kotov. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117. Summary: The International Space Station grew in size and capability today when the S3/S4 Truss became a permanent addition as crewmembers worked inside and outside the complex to complete the final hookups.. Additional Details: here....

2007 June 12 - .
2007 June 12 - .
  • STS-117 MCC Status Report #09 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Swanson; Forrester. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117. Summary: The International Space Station today spread its wings again with the activation of a new pair of solar arrays that will generate enough power to supply about eight homes.. Additional Details: here....

2007 June 12 - . 20:02 GMT - .
  • EVA STS-117-1 - . Crew: Reilly; Olivas. EVA Type: Extra-Vehicular Activity. EVA Duration: 0.26 days. Nation: USA. Related Persons: Reilly; Olivas. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117. The crew connected power, data and cooling cables between the S1 and S3 trusses; deployed the four solar array blanket boxes on S4; released the photovoltaic radiator on S4; rotated the keel pin on S3; modified the Solar Alpha Rotary Joint; and removed SARJ launch locks.

2007 June 13 - .
2007 June 13 - .
  • STS-117 MCC Status Report #11 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Olivas; Swanson; Forrester. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117. Summary: Just a few launch restraint bolts stand between the International Space Station’s new solar arrays and rotation, following a seven hour and 16 minute spacewalk by Mission Specialists Patrick Forrester and Steve Swanson.. Additional Details: here....

2007 June 14 - .
2007 June 14 - .
  • STS-117 MCC Status Report #13 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Williams; Reilly; Olivas; Archambault; Sturckow. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117. The space shuttle Atlantis and International Space Station crews inside the station today partially retracted a solar array and prepared for the third spacewalk that will focus on repair of a damaged thermal blanket on the shuttle and assisting “on the scene” with additional retraction of the array. Additional Details: here....

2007 June 14 - . 18:28 GMT - .
  • EVA STS-117-2 - . Crew: Forrester; Swanson. EVA Type: Extra-Vehicular Activity. EVA Duration: 0.30 days. Nation: USA. Related Persons: Forrester; Swanson. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117. The crew removed all of the launch locks on the Solar Alpha Rotary Joint in place. The spacewalkers had planned to remove the joint’s launch restraints as well, but problems with the wiring of a drive-lock assembly installed on the previous spacewalk led to that task being deferred to the next EVA.

2007 June 15 - .
  • STS-117 MCC Status Report #14 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Reilly; Swanson; Olivas. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117. Summary: Astronauts on space shuttle Atlantis are only hours from the week’s third spacewalk out of the International Space Station, a 6½-hour excursion to repair a thermal blanket on the orbiter and assist in folding up a solar array on the station.. Additional Details: here....

2007 June 15 - .
  • STS-117 MCC Status Report #15 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Reilly; Olivas; Swanson; Forrester; Kotov; Yurchikhin. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117. The situation aboard space shuttle Atlantis and the International Space Station improved greatly today following repair of a protruding thermal blanket, restoring power to problematic Russian navigation computers, and completing retraction of a finicky solar array. Additional Details: here....

2007 June 16 - .
  • STS-117 MCC Status Report #16 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Williams; Olivas; Swanson; Forrester. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117. Summary: A new spaceflight endurance record was set this morning as 10 astronauts and cosmonauts slept on the docked space shuttle Atlantis and the International Space Station.. Additional Details: here....

2007 June 16 - .
2007 June 16 - . 17:24 GMT - .
  • EVA STS-117-3 - . Crew: Reilly; Olivas. EVA Type: Extra-Vehicular Activity. EVA Duration: 0.33 days. Nation: USA. Related Persons: Reilly; Olivas. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117. Olivas spent the first two hours stapling down loose re-entry thermal insulation on Atlantis’ orbital maneuvering system pod. Reilly meanwhile installed the hydrogen vent valve of a new oxygen generation system on the Destiny laboratory. They then worked together on the wearisome task of folding an old solar array on the station in preparation for its move to another location on the station later in the year.

2007 June 17 - .
  • STS-117 MCC Status Report #18 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Reilly; Swanson; Forrester; Kotov. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117. Summary: For the fourth time in less than a week, the astronauts on Space Shuttle Atlantis are about to venture outside their spacecraft to press ahead with assembly of the International Space Station.. Additional Details: here....

2007 June 17 - .
2007 June 17 - . 16:25 GMT - .
  • EVA STS-117-4 - . Crew: Forrester; Swanson. EVA Type: Extra-Vehicular Activity. EVA Duration: 0.26 days. Nation: USA. Related Persons: Forrester; Swanson. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117. The crew moved a video camera from the Quest module to the S3 truss. They verified the connections on the Solar Alpha Rotary Joint and removed its launch restraints. They then removed hardware along the S3 truss, clearing it for use by the tracked Mobile Base System. They then installed a computer network cable on the Unity node; opened the hydrogen vent valve on the Destiny laboratory installed on the previous EVA; and tethered two orbital debris shield panels on the station’s service module.

2007 June 18 - .
  • STS-117 MCC Status Report #20 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Forrester. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117. Summary: The astronauts on space shuttle Atlantis got up this morning looking ahead to time off duty and awaiting word on when they’ll undock from the International Space Station.. Additional Details: here....

2007 June 18 - .
  • STS-117 MCC Status Report #21 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Williams. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117. Summary: Crews aboard the space shuttle Atlantis and the International Space Station bid farewell to one another and closed the hatches between their spacecraft at 5:51 p.m. today in preparation for the shuttle’s departure Tuesday morning at 9:42 a.m.. Additional Details: here....

2007 June 19 - .
2007 June 19 - .
2007 June 20 - .
2007 June 20 - .
  • STS-117 MCC Status Report #25 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Olivas; Swanson; Archambault; Sturckow. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117. Summary: Space shuttle Atlantis’ astronauts spent – weather permitting – their last full day on orbit today getting their ship ready to return home tomorrow with two landing opportunities available at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center at 12:55 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.. Additional Details: here....

2007 June 21 - .
  • STS-117 MCC Status Report #28 - . Nation: USA. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117. Summary: The exact times of Friday landing opportunities for the Space Shuttle Atlantis and its crew changed slightly following a brief engine firing that adjusted the spacecraft’s orbit.. Additional Details: here....

2007 June 21 - .
  • STS-117 MCC Status Report #26 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Williams; Sturckow; Yurchikhin. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117. Summary: The astronauts on space shuttle Atlantis are just hours away from an anticipated landing in Florida to conclude a nearly 13-day mission to deliver new electrical generation capacity for expansion of the International Space Station.. Additional Details: here....

2007 June 21 - .
2007 June 22 - .
2007 June 22 - .
  • STS-117 MCC Status Report #29 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Williams; Sturckow. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15; ISS EO-15-1; STS-117. Summary: The astronauts on space shuttle Atlantis are getting ready for a second day of landing attempts with a chance to conclude the mission, in Florida or California.. Additional Details: here....

2007 June 22 - . 19:50 GMT - .
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