Status Report

NASA’s Space Shuttle Processing Status Report for October 29, 2007

By SpaceRef Editor
October 29, 2007
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Mission: STS-120 – 23rd International Space Station Flight – U.S. Node
2 (Harmony)

Vehicle: Discovery (OV-103)
Location: International Space Station
Launch Date: Targeted for Oct. 23, 2007
Expected KSC Landing Date: Nov. 7, 2007
Crew: Melroy, Zamka, Parazynski, Wheelock, Wilson, Nespoli and Tani
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

Today is Flight Day 7 for STS-120. Discovery is on orbit after
launching from Pad 39A at KSC at 11:38 a.m. on Oct. 23.

The mission has been extended one additional day to allow additional
time for further inspection of the Solar Alpha Rotary Joint. Landing
is now scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 7. The deorbit burn will occur
at 2:35 a.m. with landing at Kennedy Space Center’s Shuttle Landing
Facility at 3:38 a.m. EST.

At Hangar AF on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the initial
inspections and assessments of the pair of solid rocket boosters is
complete, and there are no significant issues or concerns.

Mission: STS-122 – 24th International Space Station Flight – Columbus

Vehicle: Atlantis (OV-104)
Location: Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 1
Launch Date: Targeted for Dec. 6, 2007
Launch Pad: 39A
Crew: Frick, Poindexter, Schlegel, Eyharts, Love, Melvin and Walheim
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

In Orbiter Processing Facility Bay No. 1, the Atlantis weight and
center of gravity determination is being performed today. The aft,
forward and midbody closeout work is complete. Orbiter system
functional tests have also been completed, and the vehicle is powered
down for rollover.

Tire pressures were adjusted for a final time on Friday, and the
thermography of the RCC leading edge wing panels was also finished.
Based on visual inspections of Discovery, a final thermal blanket
inspection is being performed today on the orbital maneuvering system
pods. A final routine tile inspection of the vehicle is also being
performed. Atlantis will be installed onto the orbiter transporter on
Tuesday. Rollover to the Vehicle Assembly Building is currently
planned for 7 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4.

In high bay No. 3 of the Vehicle Assembly Building, mate closeout work
continues on the STS-122 external fuel tank and solid rocket

At Pad 39-A, pad turnaround activities continue in preparation for the
rollout of space shuttle Atlantis from the Vehicle Assembly Building,
currently targeted for Nov. 11.

Mission: STS-123 – 25th International Space Station Flight – Kibo,

Vehicle: Endeavour (OV-105)
Location: Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 2
Launch Date: Targeted for Feb. 14, 2008
Launch Pad: 39A
Crew: Gorie, Johnson, Linnehan, Doi, Behnken, Foreman and Reisman
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

In Orbiter Processing Facility bay No. 2, removal and replacement of
windows No. 1 through 6 are now complete. Drag chute installation is
complete. Leak checks of the main propulsion system are continuing.
Work is under way to configure the payload bay for the STS-123 cargo.

SpaceRef staff editor.