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

07.21.06
 
STATUS REPORT : S-072106
 
 
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. 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:
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Mission: STS-115 - 19th International Space Station Flight (12A) - P3/P4 Truss Segments and Solar Arrays
Vehicle: Atlantis (OV-104)
Location: Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 1
Target Launch Date: 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, Atlantis has been placed on a transporter that will be used to transfer the orbiter to the Vehicle Assembly Building. Rollover of Atlantis is currently scheduled for Monday morning. Once in the VAB, the orbiter will be lifted into high bay 3 for mating to the external fuel tank and solid rocket boosters.

Discovery (OV-103)

Discovery is back in Orbiter Processing Facility bay 3 following a 13-day mission to the International Space Station. The orbiter is now being processed for its next mission, STS-116. The payload bay doors have been opened, and thermography inspections of the nose cap and reinforced carbon-carbon panels on the wing leading edges are under way. The orbiter's main engines and the orbiter boom sensor system will be removed next week.

Endeavour (OV-105)

Powered-up system testing continues on Endeavour in Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2 following an extensive modification period. Functional testing of the atmosphere revitalization pressure control system is under way. This system maintains crew module pressure during flight. 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. Workers have installed wiring for the station-shuttle power transfer system in the midbody. Testing of the orbiter's air to ground communication system is complete.