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Space Shuttle Processing Status 8 Aug 2002

Status Report From: Kennedy Space Center
Posted: Thursday, August 8, 2002

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

VEHICLE: Atlantis/OV-104
TARGET LAUNCH DATE: Sept. 28, 2002 NET
TARGET LANDING DATE: Oct. 9, 2002
MISSION DURATION: 11 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. Demonstration welds continue prior to starting the work on the cracks in the orbiter's Main Propulsion System (MPS) liquid hydrogen flow liners. Welding repairs are scheduled to take place beginning early Friday morning and continue through Saturday. Polishing of the microscopic rough edges of the holes on the downstream flow liners for all three engines is complete. Technicians will continue to polish the upstream holes using the same procedure. Following successful welding repairs, engine installation is scheduled late next week. Fuel cell single cell voltage test is complete.

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

VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105
TARGET LAUNCH DATE: Nov. 2, 2002 NET
TARGET LANDING DATE: Nov. 13
MISSION DURATION: 11 days
CREW: Wetherbee, Loria, Lopez-Alegria, Herrington; (ISS up) Bowersox, Budarin, Pettit; (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. Fuel cell water line servicing and replacement of window No. 6 is in work.

MISSION STS-107 -SPACEHAB/ FREESTAR MICROGRAVITY RESEARCH MISSION

VEHICLE - Columbia/OV-102
TARGET LAUNCH DATE: Nov. 29, 2002 NET
TARGET LANDING DATE: Dec. 15
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 Nov. 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 period that is scheduled to begin at the Kennedy Space Center late this summer.

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