Status Report

Space Shuttle Processing Status 6 Aug 2002

By SpaceRef Editor
August 6, 2002
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MISSION STS-112 — 15TH ISS FLIGHT (9A) – BA, ITS S1

VEHICLE: Atlantis/OV-104

LAUNCH DATE: September 28, 2002 NET

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. NASA managers made a decision last week 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 on
Wednesday. 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. Following successful welding repairs, engine
installation is scheduled to begin this weekend.

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
is in work. Replacement of window No. 8 is complete and leak checks 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.

SpaceRef staff editor.