SPACE SHUTTLE PROCESSING STATUS REPORT S-082106

08.21.06

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

STATUS REPORT: S-082106

NASA’S SPACE SHUTTLE PROCESSING STATUS REPORT

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Mission: STS-115 - 19th International Space Station Flight (12A) -
P3/P4 Truss Segment and Solar Arrays
Vehicle: Atlantis (OV-104)
Location: Launch Pad 39B
Launch Date: Aug. 27, 2006, 4:30 p.m. EDT
Crew: Jett, Ferguson, Tanner, Burbank, MacLean and Stefanyshyn-Piper
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

At Launch Pad 39B, workers have completed hypergolic propellant
loading of the orbiter and solid rocket boosters. Following a
decision by Space Shuttle Program managers to remove and replace two
Ku-band antenna actuator bolts in the forward section of the orbiter
payload bay, workers spent the weekend preparing access platforms,
performing the bolt replacement and then removing the temporary
access equipment. The bolt replacement was completed early Sunday.
Later on Sunday, the orbiter’s payload bay doors were closed and
ordnance installation was initiated, with completion early on Monday.
Technicians are now closing out the orbiter’s aft compartments and
pressurization of the orbiter’s maneuvering system, reaction control
system and main propulsion system will begin tomorrow. Stowage of
flight crew equipment in the crew module is ongoing.

In Houston, the STS-115 crew began their health stabilization period
in preparation for the Aug. 27 launch.

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