[sarex] STS-115 MCC Status Report #08
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Wed Sep 13 03:27:58 PDT 2006
SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468
2:30 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2006
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas
STATUS REPORT: STS-115-08
STS-115 MCC Status Report #08
The Atlantis and Expedition 13 crews are getting ready for the second
spacewalk of the STS-115 mission to the International Space Station.
They will continue preparations for activation of the P3/P4 truss
segment attached to the station Tuesday.
Spacewalkers Dan Burbank and Steve MacLean will release and remove
launch locks and launch restraints from the Solar Alpha Rotary Joint of
the P4 truss. That joint will enable the new solar arrays to track the
sun. The arrays are to be unfurled late today and early Thursday.
Burbank and MacLean spent the night in the Quest Airlock, as did
Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper and Joe Tanner before their Tuesday
spacewalk, part of the campout pre-breathe protocol. Burbank and MacLean
are preparing for their spacewalk, with help from shuttle Commander
Brent Jett, Pilot Chris Ferguson and station Flight Engineer Thomas
Reiter. The spacewalk is scheduled to begin at 4:15 a.m. CDT.
Tanner, now a veteran of six spacewalks, will serve as the
intravehicular officer for this spacewalk. Piper will operate the
station robotic arm to ensure video viewing during the spacewalk.
Because of the success of the first spacewalk, planners were able to add
get-ahead tasks to today’s scheduled activities. Once their original
tasks are complete, Burbank and MacLean also will prepare the P3 for the
mobile transporter, part of a movable base system for the Canadarm2 to
move along rails on the truss structure.
Depending on time available, they will remove a keel pin and drag link
and stow them within the truss structure. They’ll also remove a Space
Vision System target, rotate P1 and P3 mobile transporter and tether
shuttle stops. They'll install a temporary rail stop for the Crew and
Equipment Translation Aid cart.
Meanwhile, inside the orbiting laboratory, Expedition 13 Commander Pavel
Vinogradov and NASA Science Officer Jeff Williams will continue with
station operations tasks as well as transfer activities and preparations
for their upcoming departure.
The two are scheduled to return to Earth aboard their Soyuz spacecraft
Sept. 28. They will be replaced by Expedition 14 Commander Michael
Lopez-Alegria and Cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin, who are scheduled to launch
from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan a little after 11 p.m. CDT Sept.
17. European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Reiter of Germany will remain
on board the station and join the Expedition 14 crew.
The next STS-115 mission status report will be issued Wednesday
afternoon, or earlier if events warrant.
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