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Space Shuttle Processing Status 2 Aug 2002

Status Report From: Kennedy Space Center
Posted: Friday, August 2, 2002

MISSION STS-112 -- 15TH ISS FLIGHT (9A) - BA, ITS S1

VEHICLE: Atlantis/OV-104
LAUNCH DATE: September 28, 2002 NET
MISSION DURATION: 10 days
CREW: Ashby, Melroy, Wolf, Sellers, Magnus, Yurchikhin
ORBITAL ALTITUDE AND INCLINATION: 122 nautical miles, 51.6 degrees

Shuttle Processing Note: Processing continues for Atlantis' launch to the International Space Station. Today, NASA managers made a decision to perform a welding repair to the cracks in the Main Propulsion System (MPS) liquid hydrogen flow liners. The welding repairs are scheduled to begin early next week. In addition to welding, the microscopic rough edges of the liner holes will be smoothed by polishing to reduce the chance of more cracks developing in the future.

MISSION: STS-113 - 16th ISS Flight (11A) - ITS, P1

VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105
LAUNCH DATE: November 2, 2002 NET
CREW: Wetherbee, Loria, Lopez-Alegria, Herrington; (ISS up) Bowersox, Budarin, Thomas; (ISS down) Korzun, Whitson, Treschev
ORBITAL INSERTION ALTITUDE AND INCLINATION: 122 nautical miles/51.6 degrees

Shuttle Processing Note: Processing continues for Endeavour's launch to the International Space Station. After repairs are completed on Atlantis flow liners, welders will begin similar repairs on Endeavour. Ammonia servicing and replacement of window No. 2 are in work.

MISSION STS-107 -SPACEHAB/ FREESTAR MICROGRAVITY RESEARCH MISSION

VEHICLE - Columbia/OV-102
LAUNCH DATE: November 29, 2002 NET
MISSION DURATION: 16 days
CREW: Husband, McCool, Anderson, Chawla, Brown, Clark, Ramon
ORBITAL INSERTION ALTITUDE AND INCLINATION: 150 nautical miles/39 degrees

Shuttle Processing Note: Nominal processing has been completed in preparation for Columbia's research mission now scheduled for no earlier than November 29. Due to the difference in material and number of slots on Columbia's flow liners, more engineering investigation is needed before a final repair option is selected.

ORBITER MAJOR MODIFICATION PERIOD
VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103

Shuttle Processing Note: Discovery is awaiting the start of its Orbiter Major Modification (OMM) period that is scheduled to begin at the Kennedy Space Center late this summer.

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