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January 17, 2002

 
2002 Year at a Glance

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This is an orbiter processing report and does not necessarily reflect the chronological order of upcoming Space Shuttle flights.  Visit http://www-pao.ksc.nasa.gov/kscpao/schedule/schedule.htm for the latest schedule of future Shuttle missions.

 

MISSION: STS-109 -- HST Servicing Mission 3B

Vehicle Columbia/OV-102
Target KSC Launch Date/Time Feb. 28, 2002
Target KSC Landing Date/Time March 11, 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  (previous notes)

Processing operations remain on schedule for the launch of the STS-109 Hubble Space Telescope (HST) repair mission on Feb. 28. Shuttle Columbia rolled over from its Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF) bay to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) yesterday afternoon. The Orbiter will be mated to the External Tank (ET)/Solid Rocket Booster stack in the VAB high bay today. The monoball interface assembly will be connected between the Orbiter and the ET this weekend. The space vehicle will be powered up for the Shuttle interface test on Monday. Rollout to the launch pad is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 23.
 

Payload Processing Note

The NICMOS Cryogenic Cooler for Hubble arrived today and is being installed on the carrier for flight. Members of the flight crew will perform an inspection of the HST flight hardware in the Vertical Processing Facility on Jan. 23. The Reaction Wheel Assembly is scheduled to be delivered to KSC early next month.
 

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

Vehicle Atlantis/OV-104
Target KSC Launch Date/Time April 4, 2002
Target KSC Landing Date/Time April 15, 2002
Mission Duration 11 days
Crew Bloomfield, Frick, Ross, Smith, Ochoa, Morin, Walheim
Orbital Insertion Altitude and Inclination 122 nautical miles/51.6 degrees
 

Shuttle Processing Note  (previous notes)

In the OPF, the main engines have been installed in Shuttle Atlantis and payload pre-mate tests are in progress. Shuttle managers have made the decision to remove engine No.3 and replace the main fuel valve after receiving a report yesterday that a main fuel valve sealing surface may be flawed. Some 500 pounds of fuel onboard the Orbital Maneuvering System (OMS) will be drained this weekend in preparation for removing the pods to inspect attach point No. 5 and make repairs, if necessary. The work is not expected to impact the launch schedule.
 

MISSION: STS-111 -- 14th ISS Flight (UF2) - MPLM

Vehicle Endeavour/OV-105
Target KSC Launch Date/Time May 2, 2002
Target KSC Landing Date/Time May 13, 2002
Crew Cockrell, Lockhart, Chang-Diaz, Perrin; (ISS-5 up) Korzun, Whitson, Treschev; (ISS-4 down) Onufrienko, Bursch, Walz 
Orbital Insertion Altitude and Inclination 122 nautical miles/51.6 degrees
 

Shuttle Processing Note  (previous notes)

De-servicing operations continue with Shuttle Endeavour in the OPF. OMS pod verification is complete and the heat shields will be removed today, with removal of the main engines scheduled for next Monday.
 

STRUCTURAL INSPECTION & MODIFICATION PERIOD

Vehicle Discovery/OV-103
 

Shuttle Processing Note  (previous notes)

Orbiter Discovery is in temporary storage in a high bay of the Vehicle Assembly Building awaiting a decision by Shuttle managers on the content, schedule and location for the structural inspection and modification down period. Discovery is scheduled to return to the OPF later this month.
 

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