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NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report: S05-030



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468

>October 28, 2005
>
>Katherine Trinidad
>Headquarters, Washington
>(Phone: 202/358-3749)
>
>Jessica Rye
>Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
>(Phone: 321/867-2468) 
>
>STATUS REPORT: SS05-030
>
>NASA'S SPACE SHUTTLE PROCESSING STATUS REPORT: S05-030
>
>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
>
>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, Stefanyshyn-Piper
>
>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. 
>
>For previous space shuttle processing status reports on the Web, 
>visit: 
>
>http://www.nasa.gov/shuttle
>
>For information about NASA and agency programs on the Web, visit: 
>
>http://www.nasa.gov/home
>
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