NOTE: All systems aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour continue to perform very well on orbit. Inspections of the solid rocket boosters at Hangar AF continue and nozzle removal is in work today. Managers plan to ship the nozzles to Utah tomorrow.
NOTE: Workers are performing a routine modification on orbiter Columbia, by shimming the payload bay's aft bulkhead to ensure proper payload bay door closure. Leak tests of the orbiter's crew compartment continue. Auxiliary power unit No. 2 fuel tank pressurization is scheduled today. In the Vehicle Assembly Building, external tank and solid rocket booster closeouts continue on schedule.
STS-93 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
NOTE: Removal of Discovery's auxiliary power unit No. 2 is complete and that unit will be sent to the vendor this week for servicing. Shuttle main engine removal is in progress with engine No. 2 already removed. Engines No. 3 and No. 1 are being removed today. Orbiter pyrotechnic initiator controller testing continues.
STS-96 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
NOTE: Orbiter maneuvering system bleedline removal has been rescheduled to follow Atlantis' VAB storage. Atlantis began its transfer to the VAB at about 1:20 p.m. today and is being stored in VAB high bay 2 on hydraulic jacks. This move makes way for Shuttle Endeavour's return from mission STS-88. Atlantis will be transferred to OPF bay 3 following Columbia's planned rollover to the VAB in January.
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