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STS-114 SHUTTLE PLANS




    Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC - Amsat #31468


Space Shuttle Discovery Processing Continues in Florida
Space Shuttle Discovery is undergoing preparations at Kennedy Space 
Center, Fla., for its next flight. Reinforced Carbon-Carbon (RCC) panels 
will be installed on Discovery this week. The RCCs protect the leading 
edge of the Shuttle's wings during re-entry.

Also this week, engineers will X-ray Rudder Speed Brake actuators to 
determine if gears were installed correctly.

Discovery is scheduled to be the first shuttle to fly when NASA's 
Shuttle fleet returns to flight. Discovery and the STS-114 crew are 
targeted to launch between March 6 and April 18, 2005.

STS-114 will be a Return to Flight test mission and will visit the 
International Space Station.

 
EVA Training 

STS-114 to Demonstrate Repair Techniques, Deliver Equipment to Space Station
The STS-114 crewmembers will deliver supplies to the International Space 
Station, but the major focus of their mission will be testing and 
evaluating new Space Shuttle flight safety, which includes new 
inspection and repair techniques.

STS-114 is classified as Logistics Flight 1. Among the Station-related 
activities are delivering new supplies and replacing one of the orbital 
outpost's Control Moment Gyroscopes (CMGs). STS-114 will also carry a 
Raffaello Multi-Purpose Logistics Module and the External Stowage 
Platform-2.

The crew is slated to conduct at least three spacewalks while at the 
ISS. The first spacewalk will demonstrate repair techniques of the 
Shuttle's Thermal Protection System. During the second, the spacewalkers 
will replace the failed CMG with one delivered by the Shuttle. On the 
third, they will install the External Stowage Platform.
 



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