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Endeavour Lifts Off!
07.15.09
 
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Mike Curie/NASA Launch Commentator: The Sound Suppression Water System has been activated protecting Endeavour and the launch pad from acoustical energy.

We're "go" for main engine start. We have main engine start 4 . . . 3 . . . 2 . . . 1 Booster ignition . . .

And liftoff of Endeavour completing Kibo and fulfilling Japan's hope for an out-of-this-world space laboratory.

Alan Poindexter/CAPCOM: Houston, Endeavour roll program.

Mark Polansky/STS-127 Commander: Roger, roll Endeavour.

Kylie Clem/NASA Ascent Commentator: This is Mission Control Houston, Endeavour's roll maneuver is being completed.

It's now going into a heads-down position on track for its flight to the International Space Station. Flying at 400 mph, one mile in altitude and seven miles down range already from the Kennedy Space Center.

Endeavour's engines are throttling down as the orbiter passes through the area of maximum pressure on the vehicle, now 50 seconds into the flight.

Alan Poindexter/CAPCOM: Endeavour, go at throttle up.

Mark Polansky/STS-127 Commander: Go at throttle up.

Kylie Clem/NASA Ascent Commentator: The three engines on board are throttling back up, Endeavour flying at 11,000 mph, 10 miles in altitude, and 10 miles down range.

At liftoff, the fully fueled shuttle boosters and External Tank weighed four and one half million pounds. The total thrust at launch was 6,425,000 pounds.

One minute, 33 seconds into the flight, Endeavour (is) flying at 19,000 mph, 17 miles in altitude, and 16 miles down range. All systems continue to function well.

Endeavour has three good main engines, three good power-generating fuel cells, and three good auxiliary power units for the hydraulic system.

We'll be standing by for burnout and separation of the solid rocket boosters. Combined, the twin boosters provide 5.3 million pounds of thrust to propel the orbiter toward space.

Booster officer confirms the SRBs, or solid rocket boosters, have separated, two minutes and 20 seconds into the flight.

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