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NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report: S06-009



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468


> March 17, 2006
>
> Katherine Trinidad
> Headquarters, Washington
> (202) 358-3749
>
> Jessica Rye
> Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
> (321) 867-2468 
>
> STATUS REPORT: S06-009
>
> NASA'S SPACE SHUTTLE PROCESSING STATUS REPORT: S06-009
>
> NASA's space shuttle fleet is housed and processed at Kennedy Space 
> Center, Fla. 
>
> Mission: STS-121 - 18th International Space Station Flight (ULF1.1) - 
> Multi-Purpose Logistics Module 
> Vehicle: Discovery (OV-103) 
> Location: Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 3 
> Launch Date: Launch Planning Window July 1-19, 2006 
> Launch Pad: 39B
> Crew: Lindsey, Kelly, Sellers, Fossum, Nowak, Wilson and Reiter 
> Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles 
>
> On Tuesday, Space Shuttle Program management announced Discovery's new 
> launch planning window of July 1 to 19. This window provides the 
> agency time to change the shuttle's external fuel tank engine cutoff 
> sensors and to perform additional engineering analysis to ensure a 
> safe flight for Discovery and its crew. 
>
> Discovery's damaged remote manipulator system (shuttle arm) was 
> removed from the payload bay on Tuesday. The lower section of the arm 
> is en route to Canada today, so repairs can begin on the damaged 
> section. 
>
> Leak checks were successfully completed on all three space shuttle 
> main engines, and thermal protection system foaming operations around 
> the engines are under way. Removal and replacement of windows Number 
> 3 and 5 have begun. Although the windows in the vehicle meet 
> specification, the new ones have been tested to a higher pressure. 
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