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SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT SO6-013



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468

April 14, 2006

Joe Pally
Headquarters, Washington
(202) 358-7239

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

STATUS REPORT: S06-013

NASA'S SPACE SHUTTLE PROCESSING STATUS REPORT: S06-013

NASA's space shuttle fleet is housed and processed at Kennedy Space 
Center, Fla.

Mission: STS-121 - 18th ISS 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

Technicians continue closing out areas of Discovery prior to its move 
to the Vehicle Assembly Building, scheduled for May 12. The right and 
left payload bay doors were opened earlier in the week in preparation 
for reinstallation of the remote manipulator system, or "shuttle 
arm." The arm was transported from the lab in the Vehicle Assembly 
Building to the processing facility on Wednesday and installed in the 
vehicle today.

Friday program managers determined the space shuttle main engine in 
position No. 2 will need to be replaced due to the possibility of a 
crack in a solder joint in the controller. During the certification 
of similar controllers, engineers observed cracking after thermal 
testing of the units. The engine replacement has no impact on the 
overall processing schedule.
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