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

09.05.06
 
STATUS REPORT : S-090506
 
 
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: Sept. 6, 2006, 12:29 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, preparations for Wednesday's launch are under way. The external tank camera functional test is complete. Rain covers have been installed on the reaction control system thrusters, and all engine covers have been removed for launch. Workers continue stowing flight crew items in the orbiter crew module. The orbiter communications systems have been powered up for flight. The launch pad rotating service structure, which protects the shuttle prior to launch, will be rolled away from the shuttle today.

Weather officials are predicting favorable conditions for Wednesday's launch attempt, with a 30-percent chance of weather prohibiting the launch. A low-pressure area may develop over Central Florida on Wednesday, increasing the potential for moisture in the atmosphere. However, the early launch time is expected to avoid the afternoon thunderstorms. The primary concerns for launch are cumulus clouds within 10 nautical miles of the launch pad and isolated showers within 20 nautical miles of the Shuttle Landing Facility.