NASA Space Shuttle Processing Status 9 March 2007

Status Report From: Kennedy Space Center
Posted: Friday, March 9, 2007


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Mission: STS-117 - 21st International Space Station Flight (13A) - S3/S4 Truss Segment Solar Arrays
Vehicle: Atlantis (OV-104)
Location: Vehicle Assembly Building
Launch Date: Targeted for April 2007
Launch Pad: 39A
Crew: Sturckow, Archambault, Reilly, Swanson, Forrester and Olivas
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

On Sunday, Atlantis rolled from Launch Pad 39A to the Vehicle Assembly Building, where employees spent the week positioning platforms around the shuttle to allow for inspections and repairs to hail-damaged areas. Inspections of the external tank are expected to be completed next week. Some foam sanding has begun in the nose cone area of the tank.

Inspections are finished for the solid rocket boosters and nearly complete for the orbiter, with 20 of 28 hail-damaged areas, all on the left side of the vehicle, already repaired.

Mission: STS-118 - 22nd International Space Station Flight (13A.1) - S5 Truss Segment
Vehicle: Endeavour (OV-105)
Location: Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 2
Launch Date: Targeted for June 28, 2007
Launch Pad: 39A
Crew: Kelly, Hobaugh, Williams, Morgan, Mastracchio, Caldwell and Anderson
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

Endeavour remains in Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2, and technicians continue preparing the vehicle for its first launch in more than four years. The vehicle has undergone an extensive modification period, including the addition of all of the return-to-flight safety upgrades added to both Discovery and Atlantis.

This week, technicians successfully completed fuel cell No. 2 coolant loop reservicing. The payload premate testing is under way. Checkout and interface verification for the orbital maneuvering system and the forward reaction control system was completed. Hydraulic system/flight control system checkout has concluded. The thermal barriers of the nose landing gear door are being installed prior to the landing gear functional test.

Mission: STS-122 - 24th International Space Station Flight (1E) - Columbus Laboratory
Vehicle: Discovery (OV-103)
Location: Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 3
Launch Date: Targeted for Fall 2007
Launch Pad: TBD
Crew: Frick, Poindexter, Walheim, Love, Melvin, Schlegel and Eyharts
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

Processing of Discovery, which returned from the STS-116 mission on Dec. 22, continues in Orbiter Processing Facility bay 3.

Technicians are busy working on Discovery's electrical system, preparing for the installation of the new Station to Shuttle Power Transfer System modification. This system will allow the orbiter and International Space Station to share power, which will enable the orbiter to remain docked for longer periods of time. Work is also under way to replace thermal tile around the main landing gear door and the external tank doors with a stronger tile, known as BRI tile. Water spray boiler No. 1 installation was completed, and main propulsion system flow liner inspections are under way.

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