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George Diller
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
321-867-2468
george.h.diller@nasa.gov

09.07.07
 
STATUS REPORT : S-090707
 
 
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. If you are a member of the media and would like further information, visit:
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Mission: STS-120 - 23rd International Space Station Flight - U.S. Node 2
Vehicle: Discovery (OV-103)
Location: Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 3
Launch Date: Targeted for Oct. 23, 2007
Launch Pad: 39A
Crew: Melroy, Zamka, Parazynski, Wheelock, Wilson, Nespoli and Tani
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

In Orbiter Processing Facility bay No. 3, forward and aft closeout work continues. Work is under way to test for orbiter structural leakage and positive pressure. Final orbiter power down is scheduled for next week.

In the Vehicle Assembly Building, external tank No. 120 was transferred on Wednesday from its checkout cell to high bay No. 1 for mating to the solid rocket boosters. Closeout work is now under way, including mechanical and electrical connections of the tank and boosters.


Mission: STS-122 - 24th International Space Station Flight - Columbus Module
Vehicle: Atlantis (OV-104)
Location: Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 1
Launch Date: Targeted for Dec. 6, 2007
Launch Pad: 39A
Crew: Frick, Poindexter, Schlegel, Eyharts, Love, Melvin and Walheim
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

In Orbiter Processing Facility bay No. 1, modifications are finished on the orbiter's engine cutoff sensor wiring. This involved rerouting new wires and installing new resistors. Orbiter power system validation is complete. Technicians finished waterproofing the orbiter's thermal protection system last weekend. Checkout and verification of the orbiter's remote manipulator system, also known as the shuttle arm, is under way.


Mission: STS-123 - 25th International Space Station Flight - Kibo Logistics Module, Dextre Robotics System
Vehicle: Endeavour (OV-105)
Location: Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 2
Launch Date: Targeted for Feb. 14, 2008
Launch Pad: 39A
Crew: Gorie, Johnson, Linnehan, Doi, Behnken, Foreman and Reisman
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

In Orbiter Processing Facility bay No. 2, deservicing of the hypergolic fuel system is complete. Functional testing of the forward reaction control system is finished, as well as post-flight thermography inspections of the right and left wing leading edges. The engine dome heat shields have been removed and preparations are under way for removal of the three shuttle main engines next week. Technicians are preparing for the functional checkout of the left and right orbital maneuvering system pods, scheduled for next week. They are also removing the STS-118 payload support hardware.