Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
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. 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: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/news/index.html Mission:
STS-121 - 18th International Space Station Flight (ULF1.1) - Multi-Purpose Logistics Module Vehicle:
Discovery (OV-103) Location:
Launch Pad 39B Launch Date:
Launch Processing Window July 1-19, 2006 Launch Pad:
Lindsey, Kelly, Sellers, Fossum, Nowak, Wilson and Reiter Inclination/Orbit Altitude:
51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles
The launch pad crew performed preparations on Space Shuttle Discovery over the weekend to support the launch to the International Space Station in July.
The team has completed prelaunch loading of hypergolic propellants (monomethyl hydrazine and nitrogen tetroxide) into the forward and aft reaction control systems and the orbital maneuvering system pods, as well as fuel loading for the orbiter's auxiliary power units. Late this week, workers will begin loading the hypergolic fuel into the solid rocket booster hydraulic power units.
Technicians at the pad are in the process of opening Discovery's payload bay doors. The doors will remain open for about three and a half days for payload testing and sensor installation in the orbiter boom sensor system. Tomorrow, integrated testing of the multi-purpose logistics module Leonardo is scheduled to begin.
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