SPACE SHUTTLE PROCESSING STATUS REPORT S-070706

07.07.06

Tracy Young
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
321-867-2468

STATUS REPORT: S-070706

NASA’S SPACE SHUTTLE PROCESSING STATUS REPORT

Note: NASA’s Kennedy Space Center issues Space Shuttle Processing
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Mission: STS-121 - 18th International Space Station Flight (ULF1.1) -
Multi-Purpose Logistics Module
Vehicle: Discovery (OV-103)
Official Launch Date: July 4, 2006 at 2:38 p.m.
Expected KSC Landing Date/Time: July 17 at about 9:14 a.m.
Crew: Lindsey, Kelly, Sellers, Fossum, Nowak, Wilson and Reiter
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

Today is Flight Day 4 for STS-121, and Discovery is currently docked
to the International Space Station. The Multi-Purpose Logistics
Module containing supplies and equipment for the space station has
been transferred from Discovery’s payload bay to its station port.
The crew will spend the next several days unloading the module and
then filling it with items to be returned to Earth.

Mission: STS-115 - 19th International Space Station Flight (12A) -
P3/P4 Solar Arrays
Vehicle: Atlantis (OV-104)
Location: Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 1
Launch Date: No earlier than Aug. 28, 2006
Launch Pad: 39B
Crew: Jett, Ferguson, Tanner, Burbank, MacLean and Stefanyshyn-Piper
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

In Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1, workers are busy preparing
Atlantis for rollover to the Vehicle Assembly Building, currently
scheduled for the last week of July. Final gap filler and tile work
is under way, and final inspections of the radiator are complete.

The payload bay doors are scheduled to be closed for flight late
today. Workers have configured the shuttle main engines for rollover
and are finishing final closeouts in the forward and aft sections.

In high bay 3 of the Vehicle Assembly Building, ET-118, the external
fuel tank for STS-115, has been lifted from the checkout cell, and
operations to mate it to the solid rocket boosters are under way.

Endeavour (OV-105)

Powered-up system testing continues on Endeavour in Orbiter Processing
Facility bay 2 following an extensive modification period. This week,
functional testing of the atmosphere revitalization pressure control
system got under way. This system maintains crew module pressure
during flight. Window no. 3 installation is nearing completion, and
tile-processing work continues around the external tank doors and
nose landing gear doors. Gap filler removal and replacement continues
in the high priority areas of the orbiter’s heat shield.

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