Space Shuttle Processing Status Report

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Jessica Rye
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
(321) 867-6185 



Note: NASA's Kennedy Space Center issues Space Shuttle Processing 
Status Reports each week, and is the source for information regarding 
processing activities associated with the vehicles and payloads. This 
report does not necessarily reflect the chronological order of future 
Space Shuttle missions. If you are a member of the media and would 
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Mission: STS-114 - 17th ISS Flight (LF1) - Multi-Purpose Logistics 
Vehicle: Discovery (OV-103) 
Location: Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 3 
Launch Date: Launch Planning Window May 15 - June 3, 2005 
Launch Pad: 39B 
Crew: Collins, Kelly, Noguchi, Robinson, Thomas, Lawrence and Camarda 
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles 

At today's Space Flight Leadership Council, NASA managers met and 
refined the launch planning window for orbiter Discovery's Return to 
Flight mission, designated STS-114, to the International Space 
Station to May 15 - June 3, 2005. This is to accommodate for daylight 
launch attempts and to ensure the most detailed and clear photography 
of the External Tank.

Orbiter system testing is approximately 90 percent complete on 
Discovery in Orbiter Processing Facility bay 3, work continued on the 
Auxiliary Power Unit controller checkout and drain system checks. 
Orbiter Maneuvering System heat shields were installed and controller 
checkouts were completed.

Thermal Protection System blanket bonding continues on the vertical 
stabilizer, which is the tail of the orbiter. Checkout work is 
progressing with the new Orbiter Boom Sensor System on the starboard 
side of Discovery's payload bay. Testing on one of the boom sensor 
packages is complete.

Manipulator Positioning Mechanism (MPM) adjustments were completed and 
closeouts continue. The MPMs are the pedestals that hold and latch 
the boom in the payload bay.

In the Vehicle Assembly Building, all final closeouts have been 
completed on the External Tank (ET) in the checkout cell prior to the 
tank being mated, or attached, to the Solid Rocket Boosters (SRBs). 
The SRBs for the STS-114 mission are stacked on the Mobile Launcher 
Platform and closeouts and preps for ET attaching, or mating, 
continue. SRB alignment optics were completed this week in 
preparation for the ET mating. Repairs continue on the SRB aft 
inactive stub ring, an attach ring surrounding the booster located 
about 10 feet below the ET attach point. The paint replacement on the 
stub ring is complete, and pull tests are planned for this weekend. 
The ET is scheduled to be moved to the integration cell and mated 
with the SRBs no earlier than Feb. 25. 

Mission: STS-121 - 18th ISS Flight (ULF1) - Multi-Purpose Logistics 
Module/Crew Rotation 
Vehicle: Atlantis (OV-104) 
Location: Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 1 
Launch Date: Launch Planning Window July 12 - July 31, 2005 
Launch Pad: 39B 
Crew: Lindsey, Kelly, Sellers, Fossum, Nowak and Wilson 
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles 

Processing and system testing continues on Atlantis in Orbiter 
Processing Facility bay 1 for its mission to the International Space 
Station. The body flap installation was completed this week, and the 
left-hand Orbiter Maneuvering System pod was also installed. Water 
coolant loop No. 1 servicing is under way, and water coolant loop No. 
2 is scheduled for de-servicing over the weekend. The Rudder Speed 
Brake installation is nearly complete, while seal installation and 
Thermal Protection System blanket bonding on the vertical stabilizer 
is ongoing. Fuel cell No. 3 mechanical mates and re-pressurization 
are complete and leak checks have been successfully performed on all 
three fuel cells. Preparations are under way for the installation of 
the Forward Reaction Control System next week.

Mobile Launch Platform No. 3 was moved into High Bay 3 of the VAB this 
week, in preparation for STS-121 stacking. 

Endeavour (OV-105) 

Space Shuttle Endeavour is in its Orbiter Major Modification period, 
which began in December 2003. 


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