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  1. Very nice observation and thank you for this detail! I know that (at least on the aft Zvezda port, and the Zarya nadir port) all vehicles dock at one particular angle, which I understand is to match up the unique air and fluid transfer lines. That allows Progress vehicles to refuel and resupply the station through the docking port. I assume Pirs does not have the provisions for fuel, so I wonder does it still have air transfer lines too? Though I’m guessing the main reason for changing the docking orientation is to give plenty of clearance for future modules like Rassvet.
  2. Soyuz TM-33 - October 21st, 2001 The robust Soyuz vehicle has endured the test of time as a simple and reliable spacecraft, but even the best equipment still has a service life. As such Soyuz vehicles are deemed capable of remaining in the harsh vacuum of space for up to 6 months before needing to be replaced due to component safety concerns. TM-33 was the second Soyuz replacement, or "taxi," mission launched to the ISS. The mission was hosted in part by the French CNES space agency in a partnership with Roskosmos to achieve a presence in space. Cosmonauts Viktor Afanasiyev and Konstantin Kozeyev were accompanied by French astronaut Claudie Haignere, who on this flight became the first French woman in space. Check out the full Album HERE. Launch occurred in the early afternoon of October 21st, 2001 from Baikonur Cosmodrome into clear skies. Like most vehicle rendezvous to the ISS, TM-33 spent two days in orbit catching up to the station. Approach and docking occurred on October 23rd. TM-33 docked to the nadir port of Zarya, and the crew disembarked for 8 days of activities alongside the Expedition-3 crewmembers. At the conclusion of the mission, the TM-33 crew boarded the older Soyuz and undocked from the Pirs module, leaving their newer Soyuz to serve as the replacement station lifeboat. A safe parachute landing and touchdown in Kazakhstan on Halloween brought the TM-33 mission to an end. Coming up: some more station activities such as more spacewalks, relocating the new Soyuz to Pirs, and the arrival of the next resupply vehicle, Progress M1-7!
  3. Sorry for the delay, everyone! TM-33 will be up in the next couple of days, in the meantime here is another look at some EVAs conducted by the Expedition 3 crew in mid-October of 2001! The two Expedition-3 members Vladimir Dezhurov and Mikhail Tyurin conducted the first spacewalks from the Pirs module, marking the first EVAs outside of the International Space Station utilizing the Russian Orlan suits. The objective of these spacewalks were to connect cables and install components on the exterior of Pirs. The most notable was the relocation of the Strela crane from PMA-1 to Pirs. Soyuz TM-33 coming VERY soon
  4. These are looking really great! Awesome job so far. So are you planning on basing your design on the “power tower” concept?
  5. A little earlier than expected, but on par with the events as they happened in real life, here's Progress M-45! Progress M-45 - August 21st, 2001 The day after Space Shuttle Discovery departed from the ISS, leaving the 3-member crew of Expedition 3 to assume full charge of the station, Progress M-45 lifted off into the heavens. It was the fifth spacecraft of this type to visit the ISS and carried a small plethora of cargo items for the new crew. Progress M-45 launched in the early afternoon from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan atop a Soyuz-U launch vehicle. The next day, after confirming the successful orbital insertion of Progress M-45, mission control at Roscosmos undocked and deorbited its predecessor craft, Progress M1-6. Now packed with waste material and trash, M1-6 burned up over the Pacific Ocean after 93 days in space. Rendezvous with the ISS occurred on August 23rd and successfully docked to the aft port of Zvezda, which Progress M1-6 had vacated just 27 hours earlier. Unloading of the Progress vehicle began soon after, and was one of the very first tasks undertaken by the brand new Expedition 3 crew. Up next, the Russian Segment gets a new permanent module - Pirs - courtesy of Progress M-S01!
  6. Continuing our historical ISS reconstruction project, STS-104 is complete! This mission launched in July 2001 to add the "Quest" Joint Airlock. For the full mission, and the rest of the missions up to this point, check out:
  7. Looks like you have Magpie Mods/Textures unlimited, based on how shiny the orbiter is… I have had that cause issues with flag decals. If you don’t want to get rid of the mod, you can try deleting the “SOCK” folder from the list of Magpie configs.
  8. STS-104 - July 12th, 2001 To keep large, complex space stations such as the ISS in good working order requires a regular schedule of Extra-Vehicular Activities - or "Spacewalks" - by astronauts to replace and repair faulty components exposed to the harsh conditions of space. In the station's early years, it relied exclusively on visiting Space Shuttles to carry out these operations, using the shuttles' built-in airlocks as the point of egress and ingress for NASA spacewalkers. In order for the ISS to gain full autonomy from the Shuttle, which could only stay docked for roughly 2 weeks at a time, the station needed its own airlock module. The "Quest" Joint Airlock was the solution, and was the final pressurized module constructed at Marshall Space Flight Center by Boeing, following the same design lineage as the Unity and Destiny modules.. This was the 24th flight of Space Shuttle Atlantis, and was the first to fly with a new "Block II" main engine (later designated RS-25D) which featured improvements to the fuel pump. This was also the last time a crew of 5 astronauts would fly aboard a Space Shuttle, as all remaining flights would feature 6 or 7 crewmembers. Click here to view the full Mission Album Atlantis arrived in the standard 51.6-degree inclination orbit, with rendezvous scheduled for flight Day 2. In the cargo bay, riding in front of the Quest module, were two Spacelab pallets carrying the four High-Pressure Gas Containers - two each Oxygen and Nitrogen - that would be installed on the module. Once docked to the ISS, hatches were opened, and the crew was greeted by the three Expedition 2 members. At this point Expedition 2 had been in progress for 4 months and 5 days. After transferring some equipment, the STS-104 crew returned to the Shuttle and closed the hatches again, in preparation for the following days-worth of work. Due to the angles and distance involved between the Shuttle's robotic arm and the berthing location of the Quest airlock, CanadArm2 was required to do the job. Expedition 2 member Susan Helms commandeered the arm from the workstation in the Destiny module, while STS-104 flight engineer Janet Kavandi operated the Shuttle arm. This was CanadArm2’s first official berthing operation of its illustrious career. The unique layout of “Quest” provided a large area in the front of the module for crewmembers to perform a "Camp-out Procedure" whereby they would isolate for a full day in a reduced-pressure environment (identical to their spacesuits). This greatly reduced the ill-effects of pressure differentials on the human body. All three spacewalks were performed by astronauts Mike Gernhardt and Jim Reilly. The first EVA was devoted to preparing and berthing the Quest module. The second EVA focused on finalizing connections to the module and outfitting it with three of the four HP gas containers, which would be used to store large quantities of breathable air for re-pressuring the airlock. The third and final EVA was carried out from Quest itself, marking the first-ever use of the module. Astronauts liken exiting the Quest’s airlock hatch to skydiving from 250 miles up, as the hatch points straight down at the Earth. Afterwards, the two astronauts focused their attention to the top of the P6 solar array. Frequent component inspections like this were vital to keeping the ISS up and running smoothly. Mission complete! STS-104 was also referred to as "ISS Construction Flight 7A" within the ISS program, and this was considered the end of construction "Phase 1." With the addition of the dedicated airlock module, the International Space Station was a fully functioning orbital laboratory and able to carry out essential functions on its own. On July 22nd, 2001, after 8 days of docked operations, Atlantis departed with her crew of five. At the end of three additional days of free-flight, the Space Shuttle touched down at KSC on July 25th. Expedition 2 was now drawing to end. Concurrently to Atlantis touching down safely at Cape Canaveral, Space Shuttle Discovery was being prepped on nearby Pad 39A for its upcoming mission - just 17 days later - to rotate in a fresh team. UP NEXT, Expedition 3 travels to the ISS on STS-105!
  9. Unsure at this point, some of the flags we use are custom made using the Conformal Decals built-in editing tools, others are lifted from public-domain images we found online, and a few are personally created with 3D graphics software for very specific uses. It would feel odd trying to package those into a set of flags for general use, but I'm not totally against it and might be up for it at some point in the future.
  10. Soyuz TM-32 - April 28th, 2001 Though space tourism has not yet taken off to the extent once envisioned, in the early 2000s it appeared to many that space tourism was just around the corner, and some were eager to become pioneers. The first such individual to take the leap was millionaire entrepreneur and space enthusiast Dennis Tito. TM-32 was to be a routine mission to the ISS with the primary goal of rotating the docked Soyuz vehicle, since TM-31 was nearing the end of its service life. The mission would only last a few days and consisted of a relatively minor crew workload, thus was a perfect chance to host the first space tourist in history. Tito arranged the trip with the ambitious company "Space Adventures" who assisted in coordinating with Roscosmos; he reportedly paid 20 million dollars for the seat. Accompanying Dennis Tito on the mission were Russian cosmonauts Talgat Musabayev and Yuri Baturin. The vehicle lifted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome while Space Shuttle Endeavour and her crew were still docked to the ISS, carrying out the final tasks of STS-100. Click Here for the Full Album Just hours after the departure of Endeavour, Soyuz TM-32 arrived in the vicinity of the ISS to begin the auto-docking procedure. While the old Soyuz vehicle was currently docked to the very rear of the station, TM-32 was planned to utilize the bottom port of Zarya. The primary purpose of Soyuz vehicles during their stays at the ISS were emergency lifeboats, and locating this vehicle close to the middle of the station's crewed portion was ideal. In the future, the Zvezda rear docking port would stay reserved for visiting Progress vehicles on most occasions. Tito and the two visiting cosmonauts were greeted by the Expediation 2 crew upon arriving. Tito was reportedly thrilled for the entire duration of his stay aboard the ISS and took simple pleasures in marveling at the Earth from the station windows, floating in zero-g, and performing minor experiments along with the other crew members. After just over 5 days of activities aboard the ISS, the crew of Soyuz TM-32 made their way to the rear of the station and boarded the older TM-31 vehicle, which they would return home in. The Soyuz return capsule safely re-entered and came down over Arkalyk, Kazakhstan. As the Soyuz was designed solely to touch down on dry land, it made use of a system of solid rocket braking motors at the bottom of the capsule, which fired a split-second before touching down in order to dampen the impact of landing. Up next, a fresh unmanned resupply mission, Progress M1-6!
  11. Soyuz TM-32 coming very soon! The station is constructed using a parts from a large number of mods. Most of the parts are from HabTech2 (the US components) and Tantares (for the Russian components). It is a work in progress that currently, is almost 200 parts in total, and is still only in the early stages of the build!
  12. Caught me again ya did, but I believe in justice. Time to pay the piper. speaking of piper, when peter picked a peck of those peppers, how exactly were they already pickled? @Stormpilot?
  13. Sorry to cause this confusion, hopefully I can clear some of it up. Firstly in all my posts lately I have made sure to link to the source mission report thread, which includes a full list of mods used by myself and Kuiper_Belt, plus occasional snippets where we talk about the techniques we use to achieve that end result. As far as the details go on the build, I constructed the External Tank using parts from ReStock and NFLV, which has a collection of 5m orange tanks to replicate space shuttle and SLS parts. The boosters are from ReStock Plus, tweakscaled and rebalanced via config editing. Finally the decals you see decorating various parts of the shuttle are all individually created and placed using Conformal Decals, which is a bit painstaking but the end result is well worth it. Much of it bares a lot in common with IRL model building and kitbashing. Of course you can buy the model kits and assemble them out of the box, but to elevate the build to presentation level requires some trial and error and time. By no means do I intend to gatekeep any of this material by the way! However I don’t want to clog up the mod’s release thread with off topic discussions or anything like that. I keep meaning to create a thread that discusses recreation build techniques in detail but just haven’t had time to lately. In the meantime please feel free to PM me
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