NASA Space Shuttle Processing Status Report 15 June 2007

Status Report From: Kennedy Space Center
Posted: Saturday, June 16, 2007


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Mission: STS-117 - 21st International Space Station Flight (13A) - S3/S4 Truss Segment Solar Arrays
Vehicle: Atlantis (OV-104)
Official Launch Date: June 8, 2007
Expected KSC Landing Date/Time: June 21, 2007, 1:52 p.m. EDT
Crew: Sturckow, Archambault, Reilly, Swanson, Forrester, Olivas and Anderson
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

Today is Flight Day 8 for STS-117 and Atlantis is docked to the International Space Station. Crew members Jim Reilly and John Olivas are preparing for the week's third spacewalk, a 6.5-hour excursion to repair a thermal blanket on the orbiter and assist in folding up a solar array on the station. On Tuesday, the crew unfurled the solar array attached to the newly installed S3/S4 truss segment, which was transported to the station on Atlantis. On Monday, Reilly and Olivas conducted the first spacewalk to connect S1/S3 power cables, release launch restraints and solar array blanket box restraints, and install solar alpha rotary joint drive lock assemblies. On Wednesday, crew members Patrick Forrester and Steve Swanson conducted the second spacewalk, during which they helped to retract the 2B solar array wing and prepared the solar alpha rotary joint between the S3 and S4 truss segments for rotation.

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 Aug. 9, 2007
Launch Pad: 39A
Crew: Kelly, Hobaugh, Williams, Morgan, Mastracchio, Caldwell and Drew
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

In Orbiter Processing Facility Bay No. 2 this morning, workers installed metal structures called "strongbacks" on Endeavour's payload bay doors to allow the doors to be cycled open and closed to verify non-interference with thermal tiles. The orbiter positive pressure test was successfully completed this week. Functional testing is complete on Endeavour's landing gear and on the external tank doors. Closeout of the orbiter's aft and forward sections is under way.

In high bay No. 1 of the Vehicle Assembly Building, stacking of the solid rocket boosters for STS-118 is complete. Platforms are being configured for the mating of the external tank and solid rocket boosters, which is scheduled for Sunday.

Mission: STS-120 - 23rd International Space Station Flight (10A) - U.S. Node 2
Vehicle: Discovery (OV-103)
Location: Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 3
Launch Date: Targeted for Oct. 20, 2007
Launch Pad: 39A
Crew: Melroy, Zamka, Parazynski, Wheelock, Wilson, Nespoli and Tani
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

In Orbiter Processing Facility bay No. 3, aft closeout work is under way. Functional testing of the atmospheric revitalization pressure control system, part of the orbiter's life support system, is complete. Modifications to Discovery's engine cutoff sensor wiring continue, as does the installation of BRI tile around the main landing gear doors and external tank doors.

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