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NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report

Published by Rob on Mon Oct 29, 2007 10:51 pm
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Note: NASA’s Kennedy Space Center issues Space Shuttle Processing Status Reports periodically and is the source for information regarding processing activities associated with the vehicles and payloads. If you are a member of the media and would like further information, visit:

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 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 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 boosters.

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, Dextre
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.

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