NOTE: The Flight Readiness Review concluded yesterday and Feb. 11 was chosen as the official launch date for Discovery on mission STS-82. At the pad, installation of the payloads into the orbiterís payload bay is complete and electrical hook-ups will begin tonight. The payload interface verification test is set for Monday. Also, the space suits have been installed into the orbiterís airlock and the functional checks are complete. Aft engine compartment close-outs are in work today. Tomorrow through Sunday, workers will remove and replace the solid rocket booster nozzle plugs from the SRBs at the pad.
STS-82 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
NOTE: Installation of the Space Shuttle main engines will continue today with the final engine, No. 2, ready for installation. Preparations continue for the installation of the Microgravity Science Laboratory into the payload bay on Saturday. This is pending the resolution of a small dent found in a coolant tube in the payload bay, which is under engineering evaluation today. Also, the right hand orbital maneuvering system pod will be delivered to the OPF today for installation on the orbiter next week. In the Vehicle Assembly Building, the external tank has been successfully mated with the solid rocket boosters and close-outs will be conducted this weekend.
STS-83 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
NOTE: Preparations are underway to begin the process to remove and replace auxiliary power unit No. 3 this weekend. Removal of the three main engines is set to begin on Monday. Analysis has been conducted on the orbiterís chin panel and as a result the panel will not have to be removed for any additional work or certification for flight. Stacking of the solid rocket boosters will begin on Monday in the VAB.
STS-84 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
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