NASA'S SPACE SHUTTLE PROCESSING STATUS REPORT S-091407

09.14.07

George Diller
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
321-867-2468
george.h.diller@nasa.gov

STATUS REPORT: S-091407

NASA’S SPACE SHUTTLE PROCESSING STATUS REPORT

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:
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/news/index.html

Mission: STS-120 - 23rd International Space Station Flight - U.S. Node
2
Vehicle: Discovery (OV-103)
Location: Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 3
Launch Date: Targeted for Oct. 23, 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 3, forward and aft closeout work is
complete. The payload bay doors were opened this week in order to
install the tool stowage assembly that will be used by crew members
on orbit to test tile repair techniques. The payload bay doors are
now closed for rollover, and the vehicle has been powered down.

The orbiter weight and center of gravity have been determined. This is
the final task prior to transferring Discovery to the orbiter
transporter in preparation for rollover to the Vehicle Assembly
Building. Rollover is scheduled for 6:30 a.m. Sept. 19.

In the Vehicle Assembly Building, mating closeout work continues on
the external fuel tank and solid rocket boosters in high bay 1.

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 1, checkout and verification of the
orbiter’s remote manipulator system, also known as the shuttle arm,
are complete. Technicians are reinstalling the left orbital
maneuvering system pod, which was removed for a valve repair. System
testing continues in the vehicle. Technicians are checking out the
water spray boiler system.

ET-125, the external fuel tank for mission STS-122, arrived at Kennedy
via barge at 12:30 p.m. today. The tank was then offloaded and
transported to the Vehicle Assembly Building, where it will be lifted
into a checkout cell on Saturday to allow for processing.

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 2, the three shuttle main engines
have been removed for inspection and processing. Hydraulic operations
are under way this week. This involves repositioning the orbiter’s
aero surfaces, such as the body flaps, rudder speed brake and
elevons, to allow for tile inspections. Technicians are performing
functional tests of the orbital maneuvering system pods. Post-flight
deconfiguration of the payload bay is also in progress.

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