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Bruce Buckingham
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

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: No earlier than Aug. 27, 2006 at about 4:30 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, functional tests and checkout of the shuttle and pad systems are under way. Hypergolic propellant loading continues this week. Ordnance installation is scheduled for Thursday and Friday. The Orbiter Boom Sensor System sensor package has been installed and checkouts are complete. T-0 instrumentation installation is under way. The T-0 umbilicals are connection points on the aft of the orbiter through which electrical power, fuel and systems data flow. The instrumentation will provide data during launch.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, mission managers will meet for the Flight Readiness Review, during which they will thoroughly assess the status of Space Shuttle Atlantis for launch. This meeting will yield a number of key decisions about STS-115, including selection of an official launch date.