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Space Shuttle Processing Status 4 Oct 2001

Status Report From: Kennedy Space Center
Posted: Thursday, October 4, 2001

MISSION: STS-108 - 12th ISS Flight (UF1) - MPLM

VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Nov. 29, 2001 at 8:05 p.m. EST
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Dec. 10, 2001 at 3:26 p.m.
MISSION DURATION: 11 days
CREW: Gorie, Kelly, Godwin, Tani; (ISS up) Onufrienko, Bursch, Walz; (ISS down) Culbertson, Dezhurov, Tyurin
ORBITAL INSERTION ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 122 nautical miles/51.6 degrees

Shuttle Processing Note: Endeavour's main engine leak checks are complete and heat shield installation is under way. Technicians are also conducting functional tests on the orbiter's airlock upper hatch today. Workers will reconnect auxiliary power unit (APU) No. 2. today, while APU strut work continues. Managers are expected to determine if any additional orbiter maneuvering system pod work is required on Friday.

MISSION: STS-109 - HST Servicing Mission 3B

VEHICLE: Columbia/OV-102
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Feb. 14, 2002 EST
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Feb. 25, 2002
MISSION DURATION: 11 days
CREW: Altman, Carey, Grunsfeld, Currie, Newman, Linnehan, Massimino
ORBITAL INSERTION ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 308 nautical miles/28.5 degrees

Shuttle Processing Note: Today, Shuttle managers named Feb. 14 as the target launch date for mission STS-109. The move accommodates orbiter processing requirements while maintaining an early 2002 launch date to the Hubble Space Telescope.

Technicians have completed close-out work on the recently installed forward reaction control system. Work on Columbia's orbiter maneuvering system (OMS) pods is complete. Workers are checking Columbia's S-band communication system and preparing for the payload premate test.

MISSION: STS-110 - 13th ISS Flight (8A) - ITS S0, MT

VEHICLE: Atlantis/OV-104
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: March 21, 2002
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: March 30, 2002
MISSION DURATION: 9 days
CREW: Bloomfield, Frick, Ross, Smith, Ochoa, Morin, Walheim
ORBITAL INSERTION ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 122 nautical miles/51.6 degrees

Shuttle Processing Note: Managers also announced March 21 as the target launch date for mission STS-110. This move also accommodates orbiter processing requirements and allows time for the planned wiring modification currently in work.

Atlantis' main propulsion system has undergone a routine liquid oxygen leak check, and leak checks on the environmental control system are complete, as well. Thruster replacement efforts are nearing completion as technicians conduct routine X-ray checks. The monoball wiring harness modification continues.

STRUCTURAL INSPECTION & MODIFICATION PERIOD

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103

Shuttle Processing Note: Orbiter Discovery remains in temporary storage through late October. Discovery is scheduled to begin a thorough structural inspection and modification period. Shuttle managers continue to assess the content, schedule and location of this planned work period.

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