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

10.20.06
 
STATUS REPORT : S-102006
 
 
NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
 
 
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Mission: STS-116 - 20th International Space Station Flight (12A.1) - P5 Truss Segment
Vehicle: Discovery (OV-103)
Location: Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 3
Launch Date: No earlier than Dec. 7, 2006
Launch Pad: 39B
Crew: Polansky, Oefelein, Curbeam, Higginbotham, Patrick, Fuglesang and Williams
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

Technicians continue performing final closeouts on Discovery in preparation for rollover to the Vehicle Assembly Building, currently scheduled for Nov. 1. The work to repair the damage to orbiter Discovery's right-hand external tank door mechanism is finished and the door functional test is complete.

The team plans to complete orbiter aft closeouts this weekend. The right- and left-hand wing box and wing doors were installed for flight on Thursday. The Ku-band antenna test was successfully completed, and the antenna was stowed for flight on Wednesday.

In the Vehicle Assembly Building, technicians will complete closeouts in preparation for orbiter Discovery to be mated to the tank, designated ET-123, on Nov. 1.

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 Feb. 22, 2007 (under review)
Launch Pad: 39B
Crew: Sturckow, Archambault, Reilly, Forrester, Swanson and Olivas
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

Technicians continue performing post-landing inspections on orbiter Atlantis and are beginning to prepare the vehicle for its next flight, STS-117. The orbiter boom sensor system was installed in the payload bay on Thursday. A single-cell voltage test of the fuel cells is set to be completed today.

During inspections, a 0.1-inch diameter impact was noted on Atlantis' right-hand payload bay door radiator. The cause of the damage has been preliminarily identified as micrometeoroid orbital debris, which passed through the radiator's outer sheet, interior honeycomb structure and inner sheet. The debris did not impact the payload bay door itself. The repair is scheduled to begin today.

Endeavour (OV-105)

Endeavour continues to undergo powered-up system testing in Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2 and technicians are preparing the vehicle for its first launch following an extensive modification period.

The vehicle was powered up Thursday to support auxiliary power unit leak and functional tests. Preparations continue for crew module and external airlock leak checks, currently set for Sunday.