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NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report

Published by Rob on Sun Jul 29, 2007 7:41 am
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Mission: STS-118 – 22nd International Space Station Flight – S5 Truss Segment
Vehicle: Endeavour (OV-105)
Location: Launch Pad 39A
Launch Date: Aug. 7, 2007
Crew: Kelly, Hobaugh, Williams, Morgan, Mastracchio, Caldwell and Drew Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

At Launch Pad 39A, preparations continue for the launch of Endeavour on STS-118. The hypergolic propellants have been loaded into the solid rocket booster hydraulic power units and Endeavour’s orbital maneuvering system, forward reaction control system and the auxiliary power units. Technicians have stowed the extravehicular mobility units (spacesuits) in the orbiter and are performing functional checkout of the suits. Workers are also loading flight crew equipment and supplies into the crew cabin. Closeout of the orbiter aft is under way. The payload bay doors were opened today to allow for payload closeouts, including camera tests on the shuttle robotic arm and the extension, known as the orbiter boom sensor system.

During the flight readiness review this week at Kennedy Space Center, NASA managers cleared STS-118 for flight and set an official launch date of Aug. 7.

Mission: STS-120 – 23rd International Space Station Flight – U.S. Node
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Vehicle: Discovery (OV-103)
Location: Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 3 Launch Date: Targeted for Oct. 20, 2007 Launch Pad: 39A
Crew: Melroy, Zamka, Parazynski, Wheelock, Wilson, Nespoli and Tani Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

In Orbiter Processing Facility bay No. 3, all three of Discovery’s main engines have been installed, as have the heat shields for those engines. Engine leak and functional tests are complete. Technicians removed and replaced window No. 7. The right-hand orbital maneuvering system pod has been delivered to the bay and preparations are under way for its installation next week.

The STS-120 solid rocket boosters are being stacked in the Vehicle Assembly Building. The external fuel tank for STS-120 is scheduled to arrive at KSC via barge from the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans on Sunday. The tank will be lifted into a checkout cell in the Vehicle Assembly Building on Monday.

Mission: STS-122 – 24th International Space Station Flight – Columbus Module
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 orbiter boom sensor system has been removed, inspected and reinstalled in the orbiter.
Windows No. 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 have been removed and replaced. The external tank door push test, which measures actuator performance, is complete. Technicians are performing hypergolic fuel system testing on the orbital maneuvering system pods.

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