Status Report

NASA Space Shuttle Processing Status Report 13 Aug 2004

By SpaceRef Editor
August 13, 2004
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NASA Space Shuttle Processing Status Report 13 Aug 2004

The Space Shuttle fleet is housed and processed at
NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Fla. The order the Space
Shuttles are listed in this report does not necessarily
reflect the chronological order of future missions.

Discovery (OV-103)

Following the Return to Flight modifications performed on
Discovery during its power-down period, work on the orbiter
is returning to a more normal processing flow in preparing
for its future mission to the International Space Station.
Freon coolant loop No. 2 was serviced this week, including
the successful completion of leak checks. The final stage of
Rudder Speed Brake panel installation continues.

Due to the impending arrival of Hurricane Charley, which was
expected to affect the Kennedy Space Center area today, much
of the normal workflow was inhibited on Wednesday and
Thursday while employees prepared the vehicles, equipment and
buildings for the storm.

Atlantis (OV-104)

Atlantis is in a four-month power-down period, and the
critical path wiring inspections and Return to Flight
electrical modifications continue on schedule.

The right-hand Orbital Maneuvering System main engine was
installed. Water coolant loop No. 1 has been drained and X-
rays completed. The main landing gear was lowered for
technicians to perform checks and optical measurements to
ensure the landing gear will perform properly during the
mission. Workers also began checkout of the nose cap,
including temperature and impact sensor instrumentation.

Endeavour (OV-105)

Space Shuttle Endeavour is in its Orbiter Major Modification period, which began
in December. Electrical modifications continue in the crew module. The Flash
Evaporator System, which helps to cool the vehicle while in flight, was installed
in the aft of the orbiter.

Three String Global Positioning System wire routing in the avionics bay and
flight deck continues. The temporary installation of the nose cap is complete.
The chin panel, which is the semicircle-shaped piece of Reinforced Carbon-Carbon
insulation under the nose cap, is undergoing a fit-check.

SpaceRef staff editor.