NASA’s Space Shuttle Processing Report 11-04-05
NASA'S SPACE SHUTTLE PROCESSING STATUS REPORT: S05-031
Mission: STS-121: 18th International Space Station Flight; second test
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
Main landing gear wheel and tire assembly and installation are
complete. Pyrotechnic connection completed this week, and the drag
chute installed. Water spray boilers No. 1 and 3 were serviced and
are both undergoing a 24-hour decay check.
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
S-band antenna installation complete. Thermal protection system gap
filler inspections and rework continue in the forward and mid-body
areas. All zones are identified and mapping is complete in three of
the 10 zones. Mapping will be complete in all zones by Thanksgiving
and pull tests will begin. This work is being performed due to two
gap fillers protruding from the underside of Discovery on the first
return to flight mission, STS-114.
In Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2, the orbiter continues processing
following a nearly two-year major modification period. In the payload
bay, drive shaft installation on manipulator positioning mechanisms
is under way. The mechanisms are the pedestals that hold the remote
manipulator system, or shuttle arm, in the payload bay.
Work continues to reinstall both the body flap and the rudder speed
brake. The speed brake was removed to ensure the gears in the
actuators were installed in the proper configuration prior to flight.