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Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
Note: NASA's Kennedy Space Center issues Space Shuttle Processing Status Reports each week, 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

Mission: STS-114 - 17th ISS Flight (LF1) - Multi-Purpose Logistics Module
Vehicle: Discovery (OV-103)
Location: Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 3
Launch Date: Launch Planning Window May 12 - June 3, 2005
Launch Pad: 39B
Crew: Collins, Kelly, Noguchi, Robinson, Thomas, Lawrence and Camarda
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

Processing continues on orbiter Discovery in Orbiter Processing Facility bay 3 for its Return to Flight mission, designated STS-114, to the International Space Station (ISS). The STS-114 crew visited Kennedy Space Center this week for the Crew Equipment Interface Test (CEIT). Prior to each flight, crews participate in the CEIT for hands-on training and hardware familiarization. The crew performs a vehicle walk-around to inspect the Thermal Protection System and enters the payload bay to inspect the new Orbiter Boom Sensor System.

System testing continues with fuel cell valve tests, Auxiliary Power Unit controller checkout and payload bay door functional tests. Flight crew equipment technicians began installing tools into the mid-deck lockers in support of the CEIT. In the payload bay, the keel yolk assembly for an external stowage platform was installed. The platform will be deployed and mounted to the ISS and will be used by crews as a permanent spare parts facility on the Station.

In the Space Station Processing Facility, prep work is under way for the installation of the racks into the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module (MPLM), named Raffaello. The racks hold the supplies, including food, clothing and spare parts.

In the Vehicle Assembly Building, all final closeouts have been completed on the External Tank (ET) in the checkout cell prior to the tank being mated, or attached, to the Solid Rocket Boosters (SRB). Repairs continue to progress well on the Solid Rocket Booster aft inactive stub, an attach ring surrounding the booster located approximately 10 ft. below the point where the External Tank is mated to the SRBs. In preparation for ET/SRB mate, alignment optics will begin on Monday. The External Tank is scheduled to be moved to the integration cell and mated with the SRBs on Feb. 21.

Mission: STS-121 - 18th ISS Flight (ULF1) - Multi-Purpose Logistics Module/Crew Rotation
Vehicle: Atlantis (OV-104)
Location: Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 1
Launch Date: Launch Planning Window July 12 - August 3, 2005
Launch Pad: 39B
Crew: Lindsey, Kelly, Sellers, Fossum, Nowak and Wilson
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

Technicians continue to process Atlantis in Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1 for its mission to the International Space Station. The body flap power drive unit is installed in preparation for body flap installation on the vehicle for flight early next week. Optics alignment is complete on the Remote Manipulator System's Manipulator Positioning Mechanisms (MPM). MPMs are the pedestals that hold and latch the Shuttle's robotic arm and new boom in the payload bay. Electrical checkout is complete on the MPMs on the starboard side, which is the side where the boom will be installed.

The new left-hand Orbiter Maneuvering System (OMS) pod is scheduled to be installed next week. An OMS pod was removed from Atlantis and moved to the Hypergol Maintenance Facility for inspections on the thrusters. Connector mates for Auxiliary Power Units No. 1, 2 and 3 are complete and the controllers are installed.

Endeavour (OV-105)

Space Shuttle Endeavour is located in Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2 and is in its Orbiter Major Modification period, which began in December 2003.

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