Status Report

Space Shuttle Processing Status 15 Nov 2002

By SpaceRef Editor
November 15, 2002
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MISSION: STS-113 – 16th ISS Flight (11A) – P1 Truss Segment

  • VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105
  • TARGET LAUNCH DATE: Nov. 22, 2002 NET
  • TARGET LAUNCH TIME:  7 – 11 p.m.
  • TARGET LANDING DATE:  Dec. 3, 2002 NET
  • SHUTTLE CREW: Wetherbee, Lockhart, Lopez-Alegria, Herrington
  • ISS CREW UP: Bowersox, Budarin, Pettit
  • ISS CREW DOWN: Korzun, Whitson, Treschev 
  • ORBITAL ALTITUDE AND INCLINATION: 122 nautical miles/51.6 degrees

Shuttle Processing Note:  Space Shuttle program managers have rescheduled the launch of Endeavour on the STS-113 mission to no earlier than Nov. 22.
The new launch date avoids conflict with other launches planned from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., and allows shuttle engineers additional time to complete an ongoing evaluation of two open technical issues.
An analysis of a leaking oxygen flex hose removed from Endeavour earlier this week indicated that the leak may have been caused by fatigue from normal usage. As a precaution, a flex hose assembly adjacent to the oxygen hose that was replaced earlier this week will be removed and replaced during the weekend.
Technicians also continue an analysis of a scrape on Endeavour’s robotic arm. Ultrasound inspections of the arm have so far revealed some delamination of its carbon composite structure. Further analysis of the arm’s condition continues to determine if the delamination is acceptable for flight.


SpaceRef staff editor.