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StarLab
2005-May-01, 12:37 AM
Well, since I'm doing the Hubble updates I'll do this as well...and in a moment I'll also add ISS updates.

So, here's the first:

NASA'S SPACE SHUTTLE PROCESSING STATUS REPORT: S05-016

NASA's Space Shuttle fleet is housed and processed at Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Fla.

Discovery (OV-103)
Mission: STS-114 - 17th ISS Flight (LF1) - Multi-Purpose Logistics Module
Vehicle: Discovery (OV-103)
Location: Launch Pad 39B
Launch Date: Launch Planning Window: July 13 - 31, 2005
Launch Pad: 39B
Crew: Collins, Kelly, Noguchi, Robinson, Thomas, Lawrence and Camarda
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

NASA announced today further testing of ice formation, debris liberation and analysis of the External Tank (ET) liquid oxygen feedline bellows area is needed prior to a safe Return to Flight. The Shuttle Program will continue testing the feedline bellows area through the end of May. Analysis should be completed about mid-June.

Plans include adding a new heater to the feedline bellows to minimize the potential for ice and frost buildup. The modification kit for this heater is scheduled to arrive at KSC May 5 for installation on Atlantis' tank, ET-121, in the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). The decision was made to perform the modification on Atlantis first, since it is in the VAB, the best location to complete the work.

Discovery remains at Launch Pad 39B for troubleshooting two issues that arose during the ET tanking test April 14. Engineers are evaluating two hydrogen sensors in the ET that gave intermittent readings. These sensors serve as fuel gauges to tell the Space Shuttle Main Engines the level of remaining propellants. The other issue is a hydrogen pressurization relief valve that cycled 13 times during the tanking test, versus the standard 8 to 9 times. This valve cycles to ensure the hydrogen stays at the correct temperature.

The STS-114 crew will arrive for the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (TCDT) Sunday, with countdown activities on Weds. May 4. Following the troubleshooting and TCDT activities, Discovery will roll back from the pad to the VAB. In the VAB, the new liquid oxygen feedline bellows heater modification will be performed on its ET. The Multi-Purpose Logistics Module Raffaello will not be transferred to the pad as previously scheduled. It will be installed in Discovery's payload bay closer to launch.

Mission: STS-121 - 18th ISS Flight (ULF1) - Multi-Purpose Logistics Module
Vehicle: Atlantis (OV-104)
Location: Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 1
Launch Date: Lighted Launch Planning Window: September 9 - 24, 2005
Launch Pad: 39B
Crew: Lindsey, Kelly, Sellers, Fossum, Nowak and Wilson
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

Technicians continue processing Atlantis in Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1 for its mission (STS-121) to the International Space Station. Due to the change in the launch planning window for Discovery, Atlantis' window was moved to September.

The orbiter's nose and main landing gear are extended following the addition of the new Thermal Protection System seal. The landing gear functional test is scheduled for this weekend. Auxiliary Power Unit heater checks are complete. Installation of the Rudder Speed Brake thermal blankets continues. The tile work and the umbilical door functional test on the External Tank door are complete.

Solid Rocket Booster stacking for Atlantis is almost complete in VAB high bay 3. The left-forward segment was lifted and attached yesterday, and the right-forward segment is being lifted today. The ET is in the checkout cell for final testing.

Endeavour (OV-105)\

Endeavour is in its Orbiter Major Modification period, which began in December 2003.

Spacemad
2005-May-15, 01:42 PM
Russian aerospace agency and NASA in disagreement on Space Shuttle missions
See here:Disagreement (http://english.pravda.ru/world/20/91/368/15451_spaceshuttle.html)

StarLab
2005-May-25, 10:38 PM
NASA'S SPACE SHUTTLE PROCESSING STATUS REPORT: S05-017

NASA's Space Shuttle fleet is housed and processed at Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Fla.

Mission: STS-114 - 17th ISS Flight (LF1) - Multi-Purpose Logistics Module
Vehicle: Discovery (OV-103)
Location: Launch Pad 39B
Launch Date: Launch Planning Window July 13 - 31, 2005
Launch Pad: 39B
Crew: Collins, Kelly, Noguchi, Robinson, Thomas, Lawrence and Camarda
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

Following Space Shuttle Program management discussions, a plan was laid out reflecting how the program will move toward the STS-114 Return to Flight launch.

Preparations are under way for a tanking test no earlier than the week of May 15 to continue troubleshooting two issues that arose during a tanking test on April 14. Engineers are evaluating the liquid hydrogen sensors in the tank that gave intermittent readings during last month's test. These sensors serve as fuel gauges to notify the Space Shuttle Main Engines to shut down when propellants reach a certain level in the tank. This is critical in the safe operation of the main engines. Engineers are continuing to evaluate a liquid hydrogen pressurization relief valve that cycled more times during the tanking test than is standard. This valve opens and closes to ensure the liquid hydrogen stays at the correct temperature.

Following the tanking test, technicians will begin preparations for rolling Space Shuttle Discovery back to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). Once in the VAB, Discovery most likely will be destacked from its External Tank (ET) and lowered into the transfer aisle. This will be the eighth destacking in the program's history following a rollback.

In parallel, the ET (ET-121) and Solid Rocket Boosters scheduled to fly with orbiter Atlantis on mission STS-121, is being prepared to fly with Discovery on mission STS-114. The preparation of ET-121 is in the VAB's checkout cell. A new heater will be added to the feedline bellows to minimize the potential for ice and frost buildup. This heater modification will be installed over the next 24 days. Once Discovery returns to the pad, another tanking test may be performed to test the new modifications.

Mission: STS-121 - 18th ISS Flight (ULF1) - Multi-Purpose Logistics Module
Vehicle: Atlantis (OV-104)
Location: Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 1
Launch Date: Lighted Launch Planning Window September 9 - 24, 2005
Launch Pad: 39B
Crew: Lindsey, Kelly, Sellers, Fossum, Nowak and Wilson
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

Processing continues on Atlantis in Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1 for its mission, designated STS-121, to the International Space Station. Vehicle power-up testing is about 70 percent complete. Closeouts continue in the forward and aft areas of the orbiter.

A new Thermal Protection System seal has been added in the nose and main landing gear. Hydraulics were powered up, and preparation continues for a scheduled landing gear functional test. Servicing of the potable water system is finished.

Port and starboard Manipulator Positioning Mechanisms were successfully cycled from full stow to full deploy. These are the pedestals that hold the Remote Manipulator System, or Shuttle robotic arm, and the Orbiter Boom Sensor System in the payload bay. Rudder Speed Brake Thermal Protection System tile and blanket installation continues. Atlantis will likely fly with ET-119. The ET is scheduled to arrive from the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans next month. Stacking of the Solid Rocket Boosters is complete in high bay 1, and the joint closeouts are under way.

StarLab
2005-May-25, 10:39 PM
NASA'S SPACE SHUTTLE PROCESSING STATUS REPORT: S05-018

NASA's Space Shuttle fleet is housed and processed at Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Fla.

Discovery (OV-103)

Mission: STS-114 - 17th ISS Flight (LF1) - Multi-Purpose Logistics Module
Vehicle: Discovery (OV-103)
Location: Launch Pad 39B
Launch Date: Launch Planning Window July 13 - 31, 2005
Launch Pad: 39B
Crew: Collins, Kelly, Noguchi, Robinson, Thomas, Lawrence and Camarda
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

Work continues at Launch Pad 39B in preparation for an External Tank (ET) tanking test scheduled for no earlier than May 19. Engineers and technicians are adding instrumentation to the tank to help troubleshoot two issues that arose during a tanking test on April 14.

The instrumentation will provide data to analyze the liquid hydrogen sensors that gave intermittent readings and the liquid hydrogen pressurization relief valve that cycled more times than standard during last month's test.

The tanking test involves the ground operations team at KSC filling the ET with liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen fuel. The team evaluates how the tank, orbiter, Solid Rocket Boosters (SRBs) and ground systems perform under when the tank is filled with the two ultra-low temperature fuels. The tank filling and draining portion of the test will take about 11 hours and includes a simulated countdown through the T minus 31 second hold. The test operations at KSC will take approximately 48 hours.

Following the tanking test, technicians will begin preparations for rolling back Discovery to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) by the end of the month. In the VAB Discovery will be removed from its ET and lowered into the transfer aisle.

In the VAB preparations of ET-121 continued in the checkout cell. Final checkout of the vent valve assembly is complete. The change-out of the liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen diffusers is complete. Following the ET/SRB mate review next week, the tank will be moved from the checkout cell and attached to the SRBs in the integration cell.

Once in the integration cell, a new heater will be added to the feedline bellows to minimize the potential for ice and frost buildup. It will take about 24 days to perform the modification.

Mission: STS-121 - 18th ISS Flight (ULF1) - Multi-Purpose Logistics Module
Vehicle: Atlantis (OV-104)
Location: Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 1
Launch Date: Lighted Launch Planning Window September 9 - 24, 2005
Launch Pad: 39B
Crew: Lindsey, Kelly, Sellers, Fossum, Nowak and Wilson
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

Processing continues on Atlantis in Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1 for its mission (STS-121), to the ISS. The vehicle is powered down in support of orbiter electrical wiring and connector work. Forward, midbody and aft area closeouts continue.

Camera verification is complete on the Remote Manipulator System, or Shuttle arm, in the payload bay. Payload bay door clearance checks were successfully completed on the Orbiter Boom Sensor System on the starboard side of the payload bay.

Nose and main landing gear cycles continue in preparation for the landing gear functional test, scheduled for today. Thermal Protection System tile installation is complete on the payload bay door hinge area and technicians are performing tile bond verification.

Endeavour (OV-105)

Endeavour is in its Orbiter Major Modification period, which began in December 2003.

StarLab
2005-May-25, 10:40 PM
NASA'S SPACE SHUTTLE PROCESSING STATUS REPORT: S05-019

NASA's Space Shuttle fleet is housed and processed at Kennedy Space Center
(KSC), Fla.

Mission: STS-114 - 17th ISS Flight (LF1) - Multi-Purpose Logistics Module
Vehicle: Discovery (OV-103)
Location: Launch Pad 39B
Launch Date: Launch Planning Window July 13 - 31, 2005
Launch Pad: 39B
Crew: Collins, Kelly, Noguchi, Robinson, Thomas, Lawrence and Camarda
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

At Launch Pad 39B, an External Tank (ET) tanking test is in progress today for
the Return to Flight (STS-114) mission to the International Space Station. The
ground operations team at KSC fills the ET with liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen
propellants. The team evaluates how the tank, Orbiter, Solid Rocket Boosters and
ground systems perform under "cryo-load," when the tank is filled with the two
ultra-low-temperature propellants. The tank filling and draining portion of the
test takes about 11 hours. It includes a simulated countdown through the T minus
31 second hold.

Prior to the test, engineers and technicians added new ET instrumentation to
troubleshoot two issues from the April 14 tanking test. The instrumentation will
provide data to analyze the liquid hydrogen sensors that gave intermittent
readings and the liquid hydrogen pressurization relief valve that cycled more
times than standard during April's test.

On Monday, Discovery will undergo hot-fire tests of Auxiliary Power Units.
Technicians are preparing to roll Discovery to the Vehicle Assembly Building
(VAB) on May 24. Discovery will be detached from its ET and lowered into the
transfer aisle. On or about June 7, Discovery will be lifted and attached to its
new ET and Solid Rocket Boosters. It will roll out to the launch pad in mid-June.

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On Thursday in the VAB, ET-121 was moved from the checkout cell and attached to
its Solid Rocket Boosters in high bay 3. The move was postponed one day to
troubleshoot an issue with the crane. While the sling was being attached on
Wednesday, the crane moved and caused a minor foam scrape (3/4-inch) on the
intertank area. The small area will be repaired in the integration cell. A new
heater will be added to the feedline bellows to minimize the potential for ice
and frost buildup.

Mission: STS-121 - 18th ISS Flight (ULF1) - Multi-Purpose Logistics Module
Vehicle: Atlantis (OV-104)
Location: Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 1
Launch Date: Launch Planning Window September 9 - 24, 2005
Launch Pad: 39B
Crew: Lindsey, Kelly, Sellers, Fossum, Nowak and Wilson
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

Technicians continue power-up testing on Atlantis in Orbiter Processing Facility
bay 1 for its mission (STS-121) to the Space Station. The vehicle is powered down
in support of orbiter electrical wiring and connector work. Forward, mid-body and
aft area closeouts continue.

Earlier this week, a small crack was found in a retract link assembly on the
right-hand main landing gear. The assembly will be removed and replaced. The
left-hand main landing gear Thermal Protection System (TPS) step and gap
measurements are complete. The new TPS seal is installed for flight and the
compression checks were successfully completed.

In the Space Station Processing Facility, the Minus-Eighty-Degree Laboratory
Freezer for the Station science rack is being installed into the Multi-Purpose
Logistics Module Leonardo. Leonardo will fly on STS-121. The rack, known as
MELFI, will provide cooling and storage for scientific experiment samples and
perishable materials in four insulated containers known as "dewars" with
independently selectable temperatures of minus 80 and 26 degrees Celsius and plus
four degrees Celsius. MELFI will also be used to transport samples to and from
the Station. MELFI is provided as laboratory support equipment by the European
Space Agency.

Endeavour (OV-105)

Endeavour is in its Orbiter Major Modification period, which began in December
2003.

bossman20081
2005-May-26, 09:47 PM
Well, I'm a little late, but I just saw this thread; thanks for the info.

Just a suggestion, include your source. (to valdiate your info, legal obligations, etc.)

StarLab
2005-May-30, 03:59 PM
FYI Bosswoman, these are all updated on the AUS-CITY.com forums

NASA'S SPACE SHUTTLE PROCESSING STATUS REPORT: S05-020

NASA's Space Shuttle fleet is housed and processed at Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Fla.

Mission: STS-114 - 17th ISS Flight (LF1) - Multi-Purpose Logistics Module
Vehicle: Discovery (OV-103)
Location: Launch Pad 39B
Launch Date: Launch Planning Window July 13 - 31, 2005
Launch Pad: 39B
Crew: Collins, Kelly, Noguchi, Robinson, Thomas, Lawrence and Camarda
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

Technicians are preparing to roll Space Shuttle Discovery from the launch pad to the Vehicle Assembly Building, now scheduled for early morning Thursday, May 26. Once there, Orbiter Discovery will be demated, or removed, from its External Tank (ET) and lowered into the transfer aisle. On or about June 7, Discovery will be lifted and attached to its new ET and Solid Rocket Boosters. Discovery is expected to be rolled back out to the pad in mid-June.

Engineers also are investigating part of Discovery's main landing-gear door, after a small crack was found last week in a retract link assembly on the right-hand main landing gear on Orbiter Atlantis in Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1. The Atlantis assembly has been removed and will be replaced with a spare. Engineers have looked at the closeout photos of the link assembly on Discovery. The initial review indicates the link assembly does not appear to have any cracks. To ensure there are no cracks in the assemblies, technicians will enter Discovery's payload bay and perform borescope inspections of the area, an inspection that can only be accomplished at the pad. This additional work does not impact the launch planning window of July 13-31.

Following the inspections, Discovery will undergo hot-fire tests of its Auxiliary Power Units currently scheduled for Wednesday.

StarLab
2005-May-30, 04:00 PM
NASA'S SPACE SHUTTLE PROCESSING STATUS REPORT: S05-021

NASA's Shuttle fleet is housed and processed at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Fla.

Discovery (OV-103)

Mission: STS-114 - 17th ISS Flight (LF1) - Multi-Purpose Logistics Module
Location: Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB)
Launch Date: Launch Planning Window July 13 - 31, 2005
Launch Pad: 39B
Crew: Collins, Kelly, Noguchi, Robinson, Thomas, Lawrence and Camarda
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

Technicians performed borescope inspections of the retract link assembly in Discovery's landing gear door. The left-hand assembly was inspected and no cracks found. The closeout photos of the right-hand assembly were reviewed and showed no cracks. Auxiliary Power Units were successfully tested Wednesday.

Discovery will be removed from its External Tank (ET-120) and Solid Rocket Boosters on May 31. The Shuttle will be attached to its modified tank (ET-121) on June 7.

A new heater was added to ET-121 on the feedline bellows, part of the pipeline that carries the liquid oxygen to the orbiter's main engines. The heater is designed to reduce the potential for ice and frost buildup. Final work, including pull tests to ensure the heater is bonded properly and Thermal Protection System foam spray closeouts continue. Discovery is scheduled to roll back to the launch pad in mid-June.

The Multi-Purpose Logistics Module Raffaello was transferred back to the Space Station Processing Facility. The mission processing team will ensure fasteners, inside the module without adequate running torque to act as a secondary locking feature, do not disengage during ascent. Raffaello's hatch is scheduled to be opened on May 31. The additional tasks will not affect the STS-114 launch planning window.

Atlantis (OV-104)

Mission: STS-121 - 18th ISS Flight (ULF1) - Multi-Purpose Logistics Module
Location: Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 1
Launch Date: Lighted Launch Planning Window September 9 - 24, 2005
Launch Pad: 39B
Crew: Lindsey, Kelly, Sellers, Fossum, Nowak and Wilson
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

Technicians continue power-up testing on Atlantis for its mission (STS-121) to the International Space Station. Forward, mid-body and aft-area closeouts continue.

Following the discovery of a small crack in a retract link assembly on the right-hand main landing gear, the assembly was removed from the vehicle for analysis. A spare assembly was installed Thursday.

Space Shuttle Main Engine leak checks and hydraulics leak checks are complete. Final flight controls' cycling is finished. Orbiter KU-Band antenna testing and flight controls aerosurface checkout also are complete.

StarLab
2005-Jun-18, 11:50 PM
NASA'S SPACE SHUTTLE PROCESSING STATUS REPORT: S05-022

NASA's Space Shuttle fleet is housed and processed at Kennedy Space
Center (KSC), Fla.

Discovery (OV-103)

Mission: STS-114 - 17th ISS Flight (LF1) - Multi-Purpose Logistics Module
Vehicle: Discovery (OV-103)
Location: Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB)
Launch Date: Launch Planning Window: July 13 - 31, 2005
Launch Pad: 39B
Crew: Collins, Kelly, Noguchi, Robinson, Thomas, Lawrence and Camarda
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

In the VAB, orbiter Discovery was de-mated from its External Tank (ET-120)
and Solid Rocket Boosters in high bay 1 on June 2. Discovery was lowered by
crane onto the Orbiter Transporter System in the VAB transfer aisle.

The vehicle will be moved in front of high bay 3 in preparation for being
lifted and attached to its new tank, ET-121, on June 6. That tank was
originally scheduled to fly with Atlantis on the second Return to Flight
mission, STS-121. A new heater was added to the tank's feedline bellows,
part of the pipeline that carries the liquid oxygen to the orbiter's main
engines, to minimize the potential for ice and frost buildup.

Once mated to the new tank, technicians will work final closeouts on the
fully assembled Space Shuttle stack, and perform liquid oxygen and liquid
hydrogen electrical mates and an interface verification test. Discovery is
scheduled to return to Launch Pad 39B on June 13.

Mission: STS-121 - 18th ISS Flight (ULF1) - Multi-Purpose Logistics Module
Vehicle: Atlantis (OV-104)
Location: Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 1
Launch Date: Lighted Launch Planning Window September 9 - 24, 2005
Launch Pad: 39B
Crew: Lindsey, Kelly, Sellers, Fossum, Nowak and Wilson
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

Technicians continue power-up testing on Atlantis in Orbiter Processing
Facility bay 1 for its mission to the Space Station. Forward, mid-body and
aft area closeouts continue. Atlantis is scheduled to be rolled from the
processing facility to the VAB in mid-July.

Electrical test checkout of the Orbiter Maneuvering System and Forward
Reaction Control System is ongoing. Next week, technicians will begin
cleaning the payload bay. Once all the work is completed, the payload bay
doors will be closed in the Orbiter Processing Facility for the final time
prior to flight.

The third redesigned External Tank (ET-119) is scheduled to be shipped from
the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans to KSC on June 9. It will
arrive via a specially designed barge about five days later. ET-119 may fly
with Atlantis on its Return to Flight mission.

Endeavour (OV-105)

Endeavour is in its Orbiter Major Modification period, which began in
December 2003.

StarLab
2005-Jun-18, 11:51 PM
NASA'S SPACE SHUTTLE PROCESSING STATUS REPORT: S05-023

NASA's Shuttle fleet is housed and processed at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Fla.

Discovery (OV-103)
Mission: STS-114 - 17th ISS Flight (LF1) - Multi-Purpose Logistics Module
Location: Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB)
Launch Date: Launch Planning Window: July 13 to 31
Launch Pad: 39B
Crew: Collins, Kelly, Noguchi, Robinson, Thomas, Lawrence and Camarda
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

On Tuesday in the VAB, Discovery was mated with a new External Tank (ET-121). Final closeouts and integration tests are being performed. Discovery is scheduled to begin the four-mile journey to Launch Pad 39B at 3 a.m. EDT, June 14.
After several weeks of data evaluation from two previous tanking tests, program managers decided not to do another one prior to Discovery's launch. They reviewed data from two previous tests on ET-120, Discovery's original tank.
One major change to Discovery's new ET is the addition of a heater on the feedline bellows to prevent ice forming during fueling and launch. The bellows is a joint on the outside of the tank, not insulated with foam, to allow expansion, contraction and movement during fueling of super-cold liquid oxygen before launch. The line feeds oxygen to the Shuttle main engines at start-up and throughout the 8.5 minute climb to orbit.
Another change to the ET is in the hydrogen diffuser. A diffuser is a fabricated tube, which consists of a core and screen assembly. It diverts the flow into radial jets that are dispersed by the wire screen. There are two diffusers per ET at the top of the hydrogen and oxygen tanks. Discovery's new ET uses a certified plain, two wire weave. ET-120 had a tighter woven mesh than was expected. The data review showed the out-of-specification diffuser may have been the contributing cause of a liquid hydrogen pressurization problem. A vent valve cycled 13 times during the tanking tests, versus the standard eight to nine times. The valve opens and closes to ensure the liquid hydrogen stays at the correct pressure in the final two minutes prior to launch.
Discovery's new ET originally was planned to fly with Atlantis on the second Return to Flight mission, STS-121. A decision will be made next week as to which External Tank, ET-120 or 119, will be used for STS-121.
In the Space Station Processing Facility, work on resupply stowage rack fasteners inside the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module Raffaello is complete. The hatch was closed for flight Monday. Raffaello is scheduled to be installed in the Payload Transportation Canister today, and it is set to be rotated to the vertical position over the weekend. Payloads transfer to Launch Pad 39B is scheduled for June 13. Discovery's launch date will be selected after the Flight Readiness Review June 29-30.

Atlantis (OV-104)
Mission: STS-121 - 18th ISS Flight (ULF1) - Multi-Purpose Logistics Module
Location: Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 1
Launch Date: Lighted Launch Planning Window: September 9 to 24
Launch Pad: 39B
Crew: Lindsey, Kelly, Sellers, Fossum, Nowak and Wilson
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

Power-up system testing is 95 percent complete on Atlantis. Forward, mid-body and aft-area closeouts continue. Atlantis is scheduled to be rolled from the processing facility to the VAB in mid-July.

Technicians continue to bond Thermal Protection System tiles to Atlantis, with only nine tiles remaining. Work on the Rudder Speed Brake (RSB) is complete. The 14-month process included removing, inspecting and reinstalling the four RSB actuators and panels, and the Thermal Protection System blankets. While the panels were removed, they were bead blasted and painted for additional corrosion control.

Technicians began cleaning the payload bay in preparation for final door closing June 14. The landing gear functional test is scheduled for next week.

StarLab
2005-Jul-05, 05:00 AM
STATUS REPORT: S05-024

NASA'S SPACE SHUTTLE PROCESSING STATUS REPORT

NASA's Space Shuttle fleet is housed and processed at Kennedy Space
Center (KSC), Fla.

Mission: STS-114 - 17th ISS Flight (LF1) - Multi-Purpose Logistics
Module
Vehicle: Discovery (OV-103)
Location: Launch Pad 39B
Launch Date: Launch Planning Window July 13 - 31, 2005
Launch Pad: 39B
Crew: Collins, Kelly, Noguchi, Robinson, Thomas, Lawrence and Camarda
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

On Wednesday, Discovery was rolled out to Launch Pad 39B by a giant
Crawler Transporter. The four-mile journey began at 1:58 a.m., and
the Space Shuttle arrived more than 10 hours later at 12:17 p.m. The
Crawler Transporter, which has a top speed of about one mph, traveled
even slower than normal. It stopped frequently so engineers could
address overheating bearings.

The payload canister, including NASA's Italian-built Multi-Purpose
Logistics Module Raffaello, was transferred to the launch pad on June
13. The payload bay doors were opened yesterday in preparation for
payload installation in the payload bay today. Following
installation, payload connections are scheduled for this weekend, and
payload/orbiter interface testing will begin early next week.

Preparations have begun for loading of hypergolic propellants,
currently scheduled for June 22. This process includes loading the
propellants, monomethyl hydrazine and nitrogen tetroxide, into the
Orbiter Maneuvering System and the Forward Reaction Control System.

Mission: STS-121 - 18th ISS Flight (ULF1) - Multi-Purpose Logistics
Module
Vehicle: Atlantis (OV-104)
Location: Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 1
Launch Date: Lighted Launch Planning Window September 9 - 24, 2005
Launch Pad: 39B
Crew: Lindsey, Kelly, Sellers, Fossum, Nowak and Wilson
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

Power-up system testing is nearly complete on Atlantis in Orbiter
Processing Facility bay 1 for its mission to the International Space
Station.

The payload bay has been cleaned for flight and the doors closed.
Around the hinge line of the doors, technicians have completed
installing the tile which makes up the Shuttle's heat shield, or
Thermal Protection System. The doors were opened one more time to
perform checks of those tiles, and the payload bay doors were closed
for the final time in the Orbiter Processing Facility prior to
flight.

Technicians continue performing nose and main landing gear cycles to
check out compression of the new thermal barrier seals that were
added. The landing gear functional test is now scheduled for as early
as the middle of next week.

In the Vehicle Assembly Building, the External Tank (ET-120) and Solid
Rocket Boosters originally scheduled to fly with Space Shuttle
Discovery are located in high bay 1. This stack will now fly with
Atlantis. The liquid oxygen feedline bellows heater has been added to
this tank and final foam closeouts are progressing.

Endeavour (OV-105)

Endeavour is in its Orbiter Major Modification period which began in
December 2003.

External Tank/Solid Rocket Boosters

The third redesigned External Tank (ET-119) arrived at Kennedy Space
Center today. It will be offloaded Monday and transferred to the
Vehicle Assembly Building. ET-119 is currently scheduled to fly with
Atlantis on mission STS-115.

StarLab
2005-Jul-05, 05:01 AM
STATUS REPORT: S05-025

NASA'S SPACE SHUTTLE PROCESSING STATUS REPORT

NASA's Space Shuttle fleet is housed and processed at Kennedy Space
Center (KSC), Fla.

Discovery (OV-103)

Mission: STS-114 - 17th ISS Flight (LF1)
Payload: Multi-Purpose Logistics Module
Location: Launch Pad 39B
Launch Date: Launch Planning Window July 13 - 31, 2005
Launch Pad: 39B
Crew: Collins, Kelly, Noguchi, Robinson, Thomas, Lawrence and Camarda
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

This week, Discovery is at Launch Pad 39B, and technicians are
completing the final steps in preparation for a launch to the
International Space Station in the July 13-31 window. Loading of
hypergolic propellants began on Wednesday and is scheduled to be
completed next week. This process includes loading the propellants,
monomethyl hydrazine and nitrogen tetroxide, into the Orbiter
Maneuvering System and the Forward Reaction Control System.

The cargo, including NASA's Italian-built Multi-Purpose Logistics
Module Raffaello, was installed in the payload bay on June 17,
followed by payload connections and payload/orbiter interface
testing. Next week, the payload bay sharp-edge inspection will be
performed and the payload bay doors will be closed for flight.

Yesterday, the Space Shuttle Program completed the Design
Certification Review (DCR). The review was held to ensure that major
program baseline changes since the DCR have been properly integrated
and certified for flight.

Today, program leaders met for the Debris Verification Review (DVR) to
summarize the extensive debris assessment effort that has been
completed and to present the flight rationale for the debris. The DVR
reached the conclusion that the potential for debris had been reduced
to a more reasonable level, and this was the recommendation the
Shuttle Program Manager accepted.

Next week, the Flight Readiness Review (FRR) will be held on June 29
and 30, and a launch date could be selected at the end of the review.


Atlantis (OV-104)

Mission: STS-121 - 18th ISS Flight (ULF1)
Payload: Multi-Purpose Logistics Module
Location: Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 1
Launch Date: Lighted Launch Planning Window September 9 - 24, 2005
Launch Pad: 39B
Crew: Lindsey, Kelly, Sellers, Fossum, Nowak, Wilson and Reiter
Inclination/Orbit Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

Technicians continue processing Atlantis in Orbiter Processing
Facility bay 1 for its mission to the International Space Station.

The landing gear functional test was successfully completed. The
landing gear was cycled several times prior to the test to checkout
compression of the new thermal barrier seals that were added for
Return to Flight.

In the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB), the External Tank (ET-120) and
Solid Rocket Boosters originally scheduled to fly with Space Shuttle
Discovery are located in high bay 1. This stack will now fly with
Atlantis. Early next week, a Crawler Transporter will move the stack
to high bay 3, so work and modifications can be performed in high bay
1 of the VAB.

Endeavour (OV-105)

Endeavour is in its Orbiter Major Modification period which began in
December 2003.

StarLab
2005-Jul-05, 05:05 AM
On a side note, from the same category on the AUS-CITY forums where I retrieve these updates, the webmaster has the following:

Members,

As the old STSTLE list on spacelink is WAY out of date, I have set up a new STSTLE list.

Anyone wanting STS TLEs during the mission is urged to subscribe NOW.

STSTLE List (http://www.aus-city.com/cgi-bin/dada/mail.cgi?flavor=subscribe&list=STSTLE_LIST)

Just FYI. B) :)

StarLab
2005-Jul-05, 05:05 AM
RELEASE: 05-171

NASA GIVES GO FOR SPACE SHUTTLE RETURN TO FLIGHT

NASA has cleared the Space Shuttle to Return to Flight. After a
two-day Flight Readiness Review meeting at NASA's Kennedy Space
Center in Florida, senior managers approved a July 13 launch date for
Discovery.

Commander Eileen Collins and her crew are scheduled to lift off at
3:51 p.m. EDT on the first U.S. space flight since the February 2003
loss of the Shuttle Columbia.

"After a vigorous, healthy discussion our team has come to a decision:
we're ready to go," NASA Administrator Michael Griffin said after the
meeting. "The past two and half years have resulted in significant
improvements that have greatly reduced the risk of flying the
Shuttle. But we should never lose sight of the fact that space flight
is risky.

"The Discovery mission, designated STS-114, is a test flight," Griffin
said, noting that astronauts will try out a host of new Space Shuttle
safety enhancements. In addition, Discovery will carry 15 tons of
supplies and replacement hardware to the International Space Station.
July 13 is the beginning of three weeks of possible launch days that
run through July 31.

NASA's Associate Administrator for Space Operations, William Readdy,
chaired the Flight Readiness Review, the meeting that traditionally
sets launch dates and assesses the Shuttle's fitness to fly.

"Today's decision is an important milestone in returning the Shuttle
to service for the country. Our technical and engineering teams are
continuing their in-depth preparations to ensure that Eileen and her
crew have a successful mission," he said.