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Williams, Sunita Lyn 'Suni'
Williams
Williams
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American test pilot mission specialist astronaut 1998-on. US Navy test pilot. Grew up in Needham, Massachusetts.

Status: Active 1998-on. Born: 1965-09-09. Spaceflights: 2 . Total time in space: 321.72 days. Birth Place: Euclid, Ohio.

Official NASA Biography as of June 2016:Sunita L. Williams (Captain, USN)
NASA Astronaut

PERSONAL DATA:  Born September 19, 1965 in Euclid, Ohio, but considers Needham, Massachusetts to be her hometown.  Married to Michael J. Williams.  Although they have no children, a crazy Jack Russell Terrier named Gorby has added his share of excitement to their lives, as has a Labrador Retriever named Bailey.  Recreational interests include running, swimming, biking, triathlons, windsurfing, snowboarding and bow hunting.  Her parents, Dr. Deepak and Mrs. Bonnie Pandya, reside in Falmouth, Massachusetts.

EDUCATION: 

Needham High School, Needham, Massachusetts, 1983. 
B.S., Physical Science, U.S. Naval Academy, 1987.
M.S., Engineering Management, Florida Institute of Technology, 1995.

ORGANIZATIONS: Society of Experimental Test Pilots, Society of Flight Test Engineers, American Helicopter Association.

SPECIAL HONORS: Awarded Navy Commendation Medal (2), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal and various other service awards.

EXPERIENCE:  Williams received her commission as an Ensign in the United States Navy from the United States Naval Academy in May 1987.  After a six-month temporary assignment at the Naval Coastal System Command, she received her designation as a Basic Diving Officer and then reported to Naval Aviation Training Command.  She was designated a Naval Aviator in July 1989.  She then reported to Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 3 for initial H46, Seaknight, training.  Upon completion of this training, she was assigned to Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 8 in Norfolk, Virginia, and made overseas deployments to the Mediterranean, Red Sea and the Persian Gulf in support of Desert Shield and Operation Provide Comfort.  In September 1992, she was the Officer-in-Charge of an H-46 detachment sent to Miami, Florida for Hurricane Andrew Relief Operations onboard USS Sylvania.  Williams was selected for United States Naval Test Pilot School and began the course in January 1993.  After graduation in December 1993, she was assigned to the Rotary Wing Aircraft Test Directorate as an H-46 Project Officer, and V-22 Chase Pilot in the T-2.  While there, she was also assigned as the squadron Safety Officer and flew test flights in the SH-60B/F, UH-1, AH-1W, SH-2, VH-3, H-46, CH-53 and the H-57.  In December 1995, she went back to the Naval Test Pilot School as an Instructor in the Rotary Wing Department and the school’s Safety Officer where she flew the UH-60, OH-6 and the OH-58.  From there, she was assigned to the USS Saipan (LHA-2), Norfolk, Virginia, as the Aircraft Handler and the Assistant Air Boss.  Williams was deployed onboard USS Saipan when she was selected for the astronaut program.

She has logged more than 3000 flight hours in over 30 different aircraft.

NASA EXPERIENCE:  Selected by NASA in June 1998, she reported for training in August 1998.  Astronaut Candidate Training included orientation briefings and tours, numerous scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in shuttle and International Space Station systems, physiological training and ground school to prepare for T-38 flight training, as well as learning water and wilderness survival techniques.  Following a period of training and evaluation, Williams worked in Moscow with the Russian Space Agency on the Russian contribution to the space station and with the first Expedition Crew.  Following the return of Expedition 1, Williams worked within the Robotics branch on the station’s Robotic Arm and the follow-on Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator.  As a NEEMO2 crewmember, she lived underwater in the Aquarius habitat for 9 days.  After her first flight, she served as Deputy Chief of the Astronaut Office.  She then supported a long duration mission as Flight Engineer for Expedition 32 and International Space Station Commander for Expedition 33.  Williams has spent a total of 322 days in space on two missions; she ranks sixth on the all-time U.S. endurance list and second all-time for a female. With 50 hours 40 minutes, she also holds the record total cumulative spacewalk time by a female astronaut.

SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE:  Expedition 14/15 (December 9, 2006 to June 22, 2007). Williams launched with the crew of STS-116 on December 9, 2006, docking with the International Space Station on December 11, 2006.  As a member of the Expedition 14 crew, Williams served as Flight Engineer.  While onboard, she established a world record for females with four spacewalks totaling 29 hours and 17 minutes of Extravehicular Activity (EVA).  (Astronaut Peggy Whitson subsequently broke the record in 2008 with a total of five spacewalks).  Williams concluded her tour of duty as a member of the Expedition 15 crew returning to Earth with the STS-117 crew to land at Edwards Air Force Base, California on June 22, 2007. 

Expedition 32/33 (July 14 to November 18, 2012). Williams launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, along with Russian Soyuz commander Yuri Malenchenko and Flight Engineer Akihiko Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, on July 14, 2012.  They were welcomed on the International Space Station by NASA Flight Engineer Joe Acaba and Russian cosmonauts, Expedition 32 commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Sergei Revin on July 17, 2012.  Williams spent four months conducting research and exploration aboard the orbiting laboratory.  She landed in Kazakhstan on November 18, 2012, after spending 127 days in space.  During their Expedition, Williams and Hoshide performed three spacewalks to replace a component that relays power from the space station's solar arrays to its systems, and repair an ammonia leak on a station radiator.  With 50 hours and 40 minutes, Williams once again holds the record for total cumulative spacewalk time by a female astronaut.  In addition, Williams, who has spent a total of 322 days in space on two missions, now ranks sixth on the all-time U.S. endurance list, and second all-time for a female.

NOVEMBER 2012


Family: Mission Specialist Astronaut, NASA Group 17 - 1998, Women of Space. Country: USA. Spacecraft: ISS. Flights: STS-116 ISS EO-14, STS-117, STS-117 ISS EO-15. Agency: USN. Bibliography: 12, 6205.

1965 September 9 - .
  • Birth of Sunita Lyn 'Suni' Williams - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Williams. American test pilot mission specialist astronaut. Flew on ISS EO-14-1. US Navy test pilot..

1985 July 19 - .
  • NASA Astronaut Training Group 17 selected. - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Anderson, Clayton, Archambault, Caldwell, Chamitoff, Creamer, Ferguson, Foreman, Fossum, Ham, Hilliard, Johnson, Gregory C, Johnson, Gregory H, Love, Melvin, Morgan, Nespoli, Oefelein, Olivas, Patrick, Poindexter, Pontes, Reisman, Swanson, Vittori.

    The group was selected to provide pilot, engineer, and scientist astronauts for space shuttle flights.. Qualifications: Pilots: Bachelor's degree in engineering, biological science, physical science or mathematics. Advanced degree desirable. At least 1,000 flight-hours of pilot-in-command time. Flight test experience desirable. Excellent health. Vision minimum 20/50 uncorrected, correctable to 20/20 vision; maximum sitting blood pressure 140/90. Height between 163 and 193 cm.

    Mission Specialists: Bachelor's degree in engineering, biological science, physical science or mathematics and minimum three years of related experience or an advanced degree. Vision minimum 20/150 uncorrected, correctable to 20/20. Maximum sitting blood pressure of 140/90. Height between 150 and 193 cm.. Of 25 Americans, eight pilots and 17 mission specialists.


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2006 December 10 - . 01:47 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC39B. LV Family: Shuttle. Launch Vehicle: Space Shuttle.
  • STS-116 - . Call Sign: Discovery. Crew: Curbeam, Fuglesang, Higginbotham, Oefelein, Patrick, Polansky, Williams. Return Crew: Curbeam, Fuglesang, Higginbotham, Oefelein, Patrick, Polansky, Reiter. Payload: Discovery F32 / P5. Mass: 120,420 kg (265,480 lb). Nation: USA. Related Persons: Curbeam, Fuglesang, Higginbotham, Oefelein, Patrick, Polansky, Reiter, Williams. Agency: NASA. Manufacturer: Boeing. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spaceplane. Flight: Soyuz TMA-9, STS-116, STS-121 Astrolab. Spacecraft Bus: Shuttle. Spacecraft: Discovery. Duration: 12.86 days. Decay Date: 2006-12-10 . USAF Sat Cat: 29647 . COSPAR: 2006-055A. Apogee: 358 km (222 mi). Perigee: 326 km (202 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 91.40 min.

    The mission used solid rocket booster pair RSRM-95 and external tank ET-123. At SSME burnout Discovery was in a 58 km x 220 km x 51.6 deg preliminary burn. The OMS-2 burn at 02:25 GMT placed the shuttle in a stable 225 x 250 km orbit from which rendezvous maneuvers began. Discovery docked with the ISS at 22:12 GMT on December 11. In the most demanding ISS assembly mission ever, the crew would require an additional spacewalk to complete installation of the P5 truss, retraction of the recalcitrant port P6 solar array wing, and activation of the truss electrical and cooling system. Sunita Williams rode the shuttle to the station, and remained behind with the EO-14 crew; ESA astronaut Thomas Reiter, already aboard the station, was returned to earth. Due to weather problems a landing at White Sands was considered; but in the end Discovery landed safely at Kennedy Space Center, after which it was to enter a year-long overhaul cycle.


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  • STS-116 MCC Status Report 11 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Curbeam, Fuglesang, Higginbotham, Williams. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-9, STS-116. Two spacewalking electricians completed half of STS-116’s rewiring today, and when flight controllers threw the switch, the lights inside the International Space Station turned on again without a hitch.. Additional Details: here....

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  • STS-116 MCC Status Report 15 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Curbeam, Fuglesang, Williams. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-9, STS-116.

    During a spacewalk partially choreographed as it happened, STS-116 Astronauts Bob Curbeam and Sunita Williams finished rewiring the International Space Station and shook loose a balky solar array so their crewmates inside could retract it almost two-thirds of the way. Additional Details: here....


2006 December 17 - .
  • STS-116 MCC Status Report 17 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Curbeam, Fuglesang, Higginbotham, Oefelein, Patrick, Polansky, Williams. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-9, STS-116.

    Flight controllers today put the finishing touches on plans for the fourth spacewalk recently added to the mission. On board the Space Shuttle Discovery and the International Space Station astronauts finished transferring the bulk of supplies between the two spacecraft. Additional Details: here....


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  • EVA STS-116-3 - . Crew: Curbeam, Williams. EVA Duration: 0.31 days. Nation: USA. Related Persons: Curbeam, Williams. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-9, STS-116.

    The crew reconfigured power on channels 1 and 4 of the station's electrical system. The partial shutdown of the ISS power systems and power-up from the new P4 solar array was conducted without a hitch. They also moved Zvezda module debris protection panels to a storage location on the station exterior and performed other small tasks.


2006 December 18 - .
  • STS-116 MCC Status Report 18 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Curbeam, Fuglesang, Higginbotham, Oefelein, Williams. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-9, STS-116. Discovery and International Space Station crew members will conduct their fourth spacewalk of the week today, an excursion aimed at freeing a snagged, partially retracted station solar array so it will fully fold properly.. Additional Details: here....

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2007 January 5 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #07-01 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Lopez-Alegria, Tyurin, Williams. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-9, STS-117 ISS EO-15.

    New gear helped the astronauts on the International Space Station kick off a new year as they prepared a second oxygen-generating system, upgraded soundproofing in the living quarters and unpacked supplies delivered just before Christmas by the space shuttle. Additional Details: here....


2007 January 12 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #07-02 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Lopez-Alegria, Tyurin, Williams. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-9, STS-117 ISS EO-15.

    After a three-day holiday to celebrate the Russian Orthodox Christmas, astronauts on the International Space Station spent the week packing trash into the ISS Progress 22 cargo craft and unpacking items delivered by ISS Progress 23 as they prepared for the arrival of new supplies. Additional Details: here....


2007 January 17 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #07-03 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Lopez-Alegria, Tyurin, Williams. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-9, STS-117 ISS EO-15. A shipment of supplies began its journey to the International Space Station today as the ISS Progress 24 cargo ship was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.. Additional Details: here....

2007 January 18 - . 02:12 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC1. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-U-PVB.
  • Progress M-59 - . Payload: Progress M s/n 359. Mass: 7,250 kg (15,980 lb). Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Lopez-Alegria, Tyurin, Williams. Agency: RAKA. Manufacturer: Korolev bureau. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned logistics spacecraft. Flight: Soyuz TMA-9, STS-117 ISS EO-15. Spacecraft Bus: Soyuz. Spacecraft: Progress M. Duration: 195.00 days. Decay Date: 2007-08-01 . USAF Sat Cat: 29714 . COSPAR: 2007-002A. Apogee: 351 km (218 mi). Perigee: 321 km (199 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 91.30 min. Progress docked to the Pirs port of the ISS at 01:59 GMT on 20 January. The cargo craft brought up 780 kg of propellant for the Russian thrusters, 50 kg of oxygen and 1500 kg of spare parts, experiment hardware and life support components..

2007 January 19 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #07-04 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Lopez-Alegria, Tyurin, Williams. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-9, STS-117 ISS EO-15. New supplies arrived at the International Space Station Friday night as an unpiloted Russian cargo spacecraft docked to the Pirs Docking Compartment.. Additional Details: here....

2007 January 26 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #07-05 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Lopez-Alegria, Tyurin, Williams. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-9, STS-117 ISS EO-15. The crew aboard the International Space Station focused this week on preparing for an unprecedented series of spacewalks set to begin in a few days.. Additional Details: here....

2007 January 31 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #07-06 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Lopez-Alegria, Williams. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-9, STS-117 ISS EO-15.

    Two residents of the International Space Station stepped outside their orbital home Wednesday for a 7-hour, 55-minute spacewalk to begin the connection of recently activated cooling systems from their temporary to their permanent locations and to conduct other station assembly work. Additional Details: here....


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  • International Space Station Status Report #07-07 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Lopez-Alegria, Williams. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-9, STS-117 ISS EO-15. For the second time in four days, two residents of the International Space Station stepped outside for a spacewalk to complete connecting cooling loops from a temporary to a permanent system. This time the excursion lasted just over seven hours.. Additional Details: here....

2007 February 4 - . 13:38 GMT - .
  • EVA ISS EO-14-3 - . Crew: Lopez-Alegria, Williams. EVA Duration: 0.29 days. Nation: USA. Related Persons: Lopez-Alegria, Williams. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-9, STS-117 ISS EO-15.

    The crew exited from the Quest airlock. They completed reconfiguration of the ammonia cooling system, retracted the aft radiator on the P6 truss, and began installation of cables that allowed a docked Shuttle to get electrical power from the ISS solar arrays.


2007 February 8 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #07-08 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Lopez-Alegria, Tyurin, Williams. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-9, STS-117 ISS EO-15. With all scheduled tasks accomplished, International Space Station Commander Mike Lopez-Alegria and Flight Engineer Sunita Williams wound up a 6-hour, 40-minute spacewalk at 2:06 p.m. CST Thursday.. Additional Details: here....

2007 February 8 - . 13:26 GMT - .
  • EVA ISS EO-14-4 - . Crew: Lopez-Alegria, Williams. EVA Duration: 0.28 days. Nation: USA. Related Persons: Lopez-Alegria, Williams. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-9, STS-117 ISS EO-15.

    The crew exited from the Quest airlock. They moved CETA carts to the P3 truss, and removed two large thermal covers, which were bagged and jettisoned. They then deployed cargo attachment adapters on P3. This was followed by work to prepare the P5 truss later connection to P6. They then went to the PMA-2 docking port at the Destiny module to complete installation of cables that allowed a docked Shuttle to get electrical power from the ISS solar arrays.


2007 February 12 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #07-09 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Lopez-Alegria, Tyurin, Williams. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-9, STS-117 ISS EO-15.

    An unexpected circuit breaker trip early Sunday caused a power outage on the International Space Station, but the safety of the Expedition 14 crew and the complex was never an issue. All systems were back up by Monday morning with no impact to operations on board. Additional Details: here....


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  • International Space Station Status Report #07-13 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Lopez-Alegria, Tyurin, Williams. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-9, STS-117 ISS EO-15.

    Science and setup for assembly highlighted the week on board the International Space Station, where the Expedition 14 crew members performed experiments related to human adaptation to space and made preparations for upcoming additions to the orbiting outpost. Additional Details: here....


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  • International Space Station Status Report #07-24 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Kotov, Williams, Yurchikhin. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-10, STS-117 ISS EO-15. Marking the second week working together, the Expedition 15 crew wrapped up various maintenance tasks, science experiments and preparations for the May 15 arrival of the Progress 25 supply ship.. Additional Details: here....

2007 May 11 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #07-25 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Kotov, Williams, Yurchikhin. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-10, STS-117 ISS EO-15. A new cargo freighter launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station at 10:25 p.m. CDT Friday with more than 2.5 tons of fuel, air, water and other supplies and equipment aboard.. Additional Details: here....

2007 May 12 - . 03:25 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC1. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-U-PVB.
  • Progress M-60 - . Payload: Progress M s/n 360. Mass: 7,280 kg (16,040 lb). Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Kotov, Williams, Yurchikhin. Agency: RAKA. Manufacturer: Korolev bureau. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned logistics spacecraft. Flight: Soyuz TMA-10, STS-117 ISS EO-15. Spacecraft Bus: Soyuz. Spacecraft: Progress M. Duration: 136.65 days. Decay Date: 2007-09-25 . USAF Sat Cat: 31393 . COSPAR: 2007-017A. Apogee: 341 km (211 mi). Perigee: 330 km (200 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 91.20 min.

    Space station resupply spacecraft which docked with the Zvezda port of the International Space Station at 05:10 GMT on 15 May. It undocked on 19 September was conducted plasma depletion experiments before being deorbited over the Pacific at 19:01 GMT on 25 September..


2007 May 15 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #07-26 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Kotov, Williams, Yurchikhin. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-10, STS-117 ISS EO-15. A spacecraft automatically docked to the International Space Station early Tuesday, delivering 2.5 tons of food, fuel and supplies for the residents on board.. Additional Details: here....

2007 May 18 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #07-27 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Kotov, Williams, Yurchikhin. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-10, STS-117 ISS EO-15. The Expedition 15 crew this week unpacked supplies and began preparing for the arrival of the next visiting spacecraft and two spacewalks at the International Space Station.. Additional Details: here....

2007 May 25 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #07-28 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Anderson, Clayton, Kotov, Williams, Yurchikhin. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-10, STS-117 ISS EO-15, STS-117 ISS EO-15.

    Expedition 15 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Flight Engineer Oleg Kotov prepared this week for two spacewalks while Flight Engineer Suni Williams prepared for her return to Earth. In preparation for her successor's arrival, Williams' downlinked a 10-minute video tour for Clayton Anderson, who will travel to the station on the upcoming space shuttle flight. Additional Details: here....


2007 May 29 - .
  • Soyuz docking port swap on International Space Station. - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Kotov, Williams, Yurchikhin. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-10, STS-117 ISS EO-15. Progress M-58 undocked from the Zvezda module on 27 March. The EO-14 crew boarded Soyuz TMA-9 on 29 March, undocked from the Zarya port at 22:30 GMT, and redocked at the Zvezda port at 22:54. This freed the Zarya port for the pending Soyuz TMA-10 launch..

2007 May 30 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #07-29 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Kotov, Williams, Yurchikhin. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-10, STS-117 ISS EO-15. Two International Space Station cosmonauts stepped outside Wednesday for a 5-hour, 25-minute spacewalk, installing Service Module Debris Protection panels and rerouting a Global Positioning System antenna cable.. Additional Details: here....

2007 June 1 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #07-30 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Kotov, Williams, Yurchikhin. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-10, STS-117 ISS EO-15. The Expedition 15 crew completed the first of three planned spacewalks this week and prepared for the upcoming arrival of space shuttle Atlantis to the International Space Station.. Additional Details: here....

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2007 June 8 - . 23:38 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC39A. LV Family: Shuttle. Launch Vehicle: Space Shuttle.
  • STS-117 - . Call Sign: Atlantis. Crew: Anderson, Clayton, Archambault, Forrester, Olivas, Reilly, Sturckow, Swanson. Return Crew: Archambault, Forrester, Olivas, Reilly, Sturckow, Swanson, Williams. Payload: Atlantis F28 / S3, S4. Mass: 122,685 kg (270,474 lb). Nation: USA. Related Persons: Anderson, Clayton, Archambault, Forrester, Olivas, Reilly, Sturckow, Swanson, Williams. Agency: NASA. Manufacturer: Boeing. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spaceplane. Flight: Soyuz TMA-10, STS-117, STS-117 ISS EO-15, STS-117 ISS EO-15. Spacecraft Bus: Shuttle. 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.


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  • STS-117 MCC Status Report #13 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Archambault, Olivas, Reilly, Sturckow, Williams. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-10, STS-117, STS-117 ISS EO-15.

    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....


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  • STS-117 MCC Status Report #21 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Williams. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-10, STS-117, STS-117 ISS EO-15. 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....

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  • STS-117 MCC Status Report #26 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Sturckow, Williams, Yurchikhin. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-10, STS-117, STS-117 ISS EO-15. 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 22 - .
  • STS-117 MCC Status Report #29 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Sturckow, Williams. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-10, STS-117, STS-117 ISS EO-15. 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....

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2009 September 30 - . 07:14 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC1. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-FG.
  • Soyuz TMA-16 - . Call Sign: Bort. Crew: Laliberte, Surayev, Williams, Jeffrey. Backup Crew: Barrett, Skvortsov, Walker, Shannon. Return Crew: Surayev, Williams. Payload: Soyuz TMA s/n 226. Mass: 7,250 kg (15,980 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: RKA. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spacecraft. Flight: Soyuz TMA-16. Spacecraft Bus: Soyuz. Spacecraft: Soyuz TMA. Duration: 169.17 days. Decay Date: 2010-03-18 . USAF Sat Cat: 35940 . COSPAR: 2009-053A. Apogee: 352 km (218 mi). Perigee: 342 km (212 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 91.50 min. Docked with the International Space Station at 08:35 GMT on 2 October. Carried the EO-21 crew of Suraev and Williams, and space tourist Guy Laliberte due to the station. Surayev and Williams landed aboard Soyuz TMA-16 in Kazakhstan on 18 March 2010..

2011 December 21 - . 13:16 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC1. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-FG.
  • Soyuz TMA-03M - . Call Sign: Antares. Crew: Kononenko, Kuipers, Pettit. Backup Crew: Hoshide, Malenchenko, Williams. Payload: Soyuz TMA s/n 703. Mass: 7,200 kg (15,800 lb). Nation: Russia. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spacecraft. Flight: Soyuz TMA-03M. Spacecraft Bus: Soyuz. Spacecraft: Soyuz TMA. Duration: 192.79 days. Decay Date: 2012-07-01 . USAF Sat Cat: 38036 . COSPAR: 2011-078A. Apogee: 405 km (251 mi). Perigee: 375 km (233 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 92.40 min. Docked at the Rassvet module of the ISS at 15:19 GMT on 23 December. Undocked from the ISS on 1 July 2012 at 04:47 GMT and landed in Kazakhstan at 08:14 GMT..

2012 July 15 - . 02:40 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC1. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-FG.
  • Soyuz TMA-05M - . Call Sign: Agate. Crew: Hoshide, Malenchenko, Williams. Backup Crew: Hadfield, Marshburn, Romanenko, Roman. Payload: Soyuz TMA s/n 706. Mass: 7,200 kg (15,800 lb). Nation: Russia. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spacecraft. Flight: Soyuz TMA-05M. Spacecraft Bus: Soyuz. Spacecraft: Soyuz TMA. Duration: 126.97 days. Decay Date: 2012-11-19 . USAF Sat Cat: 38671 . COSPAR: 2012-037A. Apogee: 428 km (265 mi). Perigee: 403 km (250 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 92.90 min. Docked with the ISS at 04:51 GMT on 17 July. Undocked at 22:26 GMT on 18 November; landed in Kazakhstan at 01:53 GMT on 29 November..

2012 August 30 - .
  • EVA ISS USA-18 - . Crew: Hoshide, Williams. EVA Duration: 0.34 days. Nation: USA. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-05M.

    Attempted replacement of a failed Main Bus Switching Unit (MBSU) on the S0 truss. The failed MBSU-1 was removed from S0 and stowed temporarily at the ESP-2 outside of the Quest airlock. The STS-114 spare was removed from ESP-2 and moved to S0, becoming the 'new MBSU-1'. However, a problematic bolt stopped the astronauts completing the installation. They left the new MBSU-1 partly bolted to S0 and returned to the airlock, leaving the Station with two of its eight large solar arrays out of the main station power loop.


2012 September 5 - .
  • EVA ISS USA-19 - . Crew: Hoshide, Williams. EVA Duration: 0.27 days. Nation: USA. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-05M.

    The crew removed the new MBSU-1, with some difficulty unjamming the critical bolt, and then spent an hour using several techniques to clean out metal shavings and foreign matter from the bolt. The installation of the new MBSU-1 was successfully carried out, and station power was mostly restored, although in the meantime the failure of the DSCU-3A box had taken down another of the arrays. The astronauts replaced a CLPA camera on the SSRMS robot arm and returned to the airlock. The old MBSU-1 remained in its temporary stowage location on ESP-2.


2012 November 1 - .
  • EVA ISS USA-20 - . Crew: Hoshide, Williams. EVA Duration: 0.28 days. Nation: USA. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-06M. Stopped a leak from the ammonia cooling system on channel 2B of the P6 truss by diverting flow to an unused loop of the Early External Thermal Control System..


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