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 
like further information, visit 

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 

In Orbiter Processing Facility bay 3, orbiter system testing is 96 
percent complete on Discovery for its mission, designated STS-114, to 
the International Space Station. Final work and closeouts are 
progressing well in preparation for Discovery's roll over to the 
Vehicle Assembly Building mid-March.

The payload bay doors are scheduled to be closed on Monday for 
installation of a few remaining door-hinge carrier panels. The 
payload bay doors will then be opened to verify correct placement of 
the carrier panels. Once this is complete, the payload bay doors will 
be closed the final time next week for flight. Work continues on seal 
installation on the main and nose landing-gear doors, and will be 
followed by functional tests to ensure the proper compression of the 

In the Vehicle Assembly Building, paint and cork repairs are complete 
on the Solid Rocket Boosters' (SRBs) aft inactive stub ring, an 
attach ring surrounding the booster located about 10 feet below the 
External Tank (ET) attach point. The ET is scheduled to be moved from 
the checkout cell to the integration cell and mated, or attached, to 
the twin SRBs on Monday.

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 

Technicians continue to process Atlantis in Orbiter Processing 
Facility (OPF) bay 1 for its mission, designated STS-121, to the 
International Space Station. Powered-up system testing continues with 
water coolant loop No. 1 servicing and No.2 deservicing, fuel cell 
leak checks, as well as Global Positioning System and orbiter docking 
system testing.

The Remote Manipulator System, or Space Shuttle arm, was delivered to 
the bay Thursday for installation into Atlantis' payload bay this 
weekend. The Forward Reaction Control System was installed on the 
vehicle Monday, and work continues on bolt installations. Rudder 
Speed Brake installation is nearly complete, while seal installation 
and Thermal Protection System blanket bonding on the vertical 
stabilizer is ongoing. 

Endeavour (OV-105) 

On Tuesday, orbiter Endeavour moved from the OPF to the Florida Space 
Authority's Reusable Launch Vehicle hangar at Kennedy Space Center. 
While in the hangar, Endeavour will be tested to see how orbiters 
respond to a new radar system that will be used to detect debris 
during launch. In the OPF, work includes modifications to the bay and 
platform validation. Endeavour will remain in the hangar for 
approximately 30 days, then return to the OPF. 


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