NOTE: With Columbia in the Vehicle Assembly Building, work to mate the orbiter to the external fuel tank and solid rocket boosters is under way. Hard mate is expected later today. Wiring work is planned to begin in the Shuttle's avionics bay 4 this weekend and electrical check-outs of auxiliary power unit No. 2 will pick up on Monday. With about twenty thermal protective tiles removed from Columbia's forward reaction control system, managers are planning to pick up tile replacement work at the pad. Evaluations of the FRCS tiles on the other orbiters are under way and will help managers better understand the cracked tiles seen on Columbia last week.
STS-94 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
NOTE: Leak checks in Discovery's aft engine compartment are complete and heat shield installation will begin today. Mid-body close-outs continue on schedule. Inspections of the thermal protective tiles on the orbiter's forward reaction control system are in work. Solid rocket booster stacking operations continue in the VAB.
STS-85 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
NOTE: Space Shuttle main engine No. 2 was removed yesterday and engines No. 3 and No. 1 will be removed later today and tonight. Forward reaction control system functional tests are in work. Preparations are also in work for functional checks of the pilot and commander seats.
NOTE: Endeavour moved from the VAB to OPF bay 1 yesterday at about 5 p.m. Processing work will now begin for Endeavour's next mission, STS-89.
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