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NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Sat Mar 3, 2007 9:26 pm
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Nasa Press Release:


Mission: STS-117 – 21st International Space Station Flight (13A) – S3/S4 Truss Segment Solar Arrays
Vehicle: Atlantis (OV-104)
Location: Launch Pad 39A
Launch Date: Targeted for April 2007
Launch Pad: 39A
Crew: Sturckow, Archambault, Reilly, Swanson, Forrester and Olivas
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

Preparations are underway at Launch Pad 39A to roll back the STS-117 Shuttle stack to the Vehicle Assembly building. Roll back is currently targeted for Sunday morning. STS-117 is returning to the VAB so that engineers and technicians can thoroughly inspect the shuttle for hail damage that resulted from a violent storm on Monday evening.

Once inspections are complete, a decision will be made on the type of repair necessary and the time needed for that work.

On Thursday, workers at the pad offloaded the fuel and oxidizer from the orbiter maneuvering system tanks. The orbiter’s payload bay doors are open, and work is underway to remove the payload from the cargo bay today. Demating of the shuttle from the pad systems will continue through Saturday, with rotation of the pads’ rotating service structure scheduled for early Sunday morning.

Earlier in the week, the Space Shuttle Program managers met for a 2-day STS-117 Flight Readiness Review. During this meeting managers and engineers review risks associated with the mission and determine whether the shuttle’s equipment, support systems and procedures are ready for flight. At the conclusion of the FRR, there was a unanimous decision to proceed with the STS-117 mission, pending resolution of the open work to make necessary repairs to the hail damage on the shuttle.

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