SPACE SHUTTLE PROCESSING STATUS REPORT S-011207

01.12.07

Jessica Rye
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
321-867-2468

STATUS REPORT: S-011207

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-117 - 21st International Space Station Flight (13A) -
S3/S4 Truss Segment Solar Arrays
Vehicle: Atlantis (OV-104)
Location: Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 1
Launch Date: No earlier than March 16, 2007
Launch Pad: 39A
Crew: Sturckow, Archambault, Reilly, Swanson, Forrester and Olivas
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

Final vehicle closeouts are under way in preparation for technicians
to move Atlantis to the Vehicle Assembly Building on Feb. 7. This
week, the payload bay was cleaned and the doors were closed. The
doors will be cycled one last time and the payload bay doors will be
closed for flight next week.

The external tank scheduled to fly with Atlantis, designated ET-124,
is in the checkout cell in the Vehicle Assembly Building for final
processing prior to being mated to the solid rocket boosters in high
bay 1. Space Shuttle Program managers will hold a review on Jan. 16
to determine the readiness to mate the tank with the boosters. Once
the review is complete and the “go ahead” has been given, the tank
will be attached on Jan. 19.

Mission: STS-118 - 22nd International Space Station Flight (13A.1) -
S5 Truss Segment
Vehicle: Endeavour (OV-105)
Location: Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 2
Launch Date: No earlier than June 28, 2007
Launch Pad: 39A
Crew: Kelly, Hobaugh, Williams, Morgan, Mastracchio, Caldwell and
Anderson
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

Endeavour remains in Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2, and
technicians continue preparing the vehicle for its first launch in
just over four years. The vehicle has undergone an extensive
modification period, including the addition of all of the
return-to-flight safety upgrades added to both Discovery and
Atlantis.

This week, technicians installed the left-hand orbiter maneuvering
system pod on the vehicle and they are now performing interface
verification. Main propulsion system leak, functional and electrical
checkout was successfully completed. Water spray boiler checkout and
servicing began Thursday and will continue today.

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