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Katherine Trinidad
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-3749)

Jessica Rye
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
(Phone: 321/867-2468)

NASA's 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

NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla. opened on Wednesday following Hurricane Wilma. Some water entered facilities and there is minor structural damage, primarily to roofs. The Vehicle Assembly Building lost some panels on the east and west sides. There was no damage to flight hardware.

Approximately 13.6 inches of rain was recorded at the Shuttle Landing Facility. The highest wind gust recorded was 94 mph at launch pad 39B, while the maximum sustained wind was 76 mph at the top of the 492-foot weather tower north of the Vehicle Assembly Building. NASA's space shuttle fleet is housed and processed at Kennedy.

Discovery (OV-103)

Mission: STS-121 - 18th International Space Station Flight
Payload: Multi-Purpose Logistics Module
Location: Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 3
Launch Date: No earlier than May 2006
Launch Pad: 39B
Crew: Lindsey, Kelly, Sellers, Fossum, Nowak, Wilson and Reiter
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

Discovery processing is under way for the second return to flight test mission, STS-121. Hinge installation for the right-hand payload bay door is complete. The door was closed and opened Thursday to support inspections of the radiator retract mechanism. Right-hand door inspections continue today.

The forward reaction control system was removed on Wednesday. The system will be sent back to the Hypergol Maintenance Facility at Kennedy for work and inspections prior to returning to the bay for reinstallation on the vehicle.

Atlantis (OV-104)

Mission: STS-115 - 19th International Space Station Flight
Payload: P3/P4 Solar Arrays
Location: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1
Launch Date: TBD
Launch Pad: 39B
Crew: Jett, Ferguson, Tanner, Burbank, MacLean and Stefanyshyn-Piper
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

Technicians continue to process the orbiter for its mission to the international space station. Preparations are under way to remove a cold plate in an avionics bay. To perform the removal, water coolant loop No. 2 will be de-serviced or drained.

The payload for Atlantis is the P3/P4 truss segment being prepared in the Space Station Processing Facility. The P3/P4 cargo element ammonia testing to verify functionality for on-orbit operations is complete. The P3/P4 cargo element will attach to the P1 truss on the port side of the integrated truss segment of the space station. With its two large solar arrays, P3/P4 will provide one-fourth of the total power generation capability of the station.

Endeavour (OV-105)

In Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 2, Endeavour continues processing following a nearly two-year major modification period. Main landing gear rigging is scheduled to begin next week.

During the modification period, the body flap was removed from the vehicle and extensive work was performed. The body flap thermal protection system blankets were removed. Technicians bead blasted the flap to remove any microscopic corrosion and painted it with corrosion control paint. Reinstallation of the body flap hardware on the vehicle is under way.

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