[sarex] STS-115 MCC Status Report #10
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Thu Sep 14 04:32:25 PDT 2006
SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468
3 a.m. CDT, Thursday, Sept. 14
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas
STATUS REPORT: STS-115-10
STS-115 MCC Status Report #10
With several busy days including two successful spacewalks behind them,
the Atlantis and International Space Station crews were looking forward
to deployment of new station solar arrays and preparing for the
mission's third spacewalk.
The ground teams completed the checkout of the Solar Alpha Rotary Joint
(SARJ) early Thursday. The task had been interrupted Wednesday by a
software glitch. Engineering teams developed a workaround, and flight
controllers are working toward deployment of the 240-feet solar wings
brought up with the P3/P4 truss.
The issue did cause replanning of the crews' schedule. As a result, crew
activities today are subject to change.
Atlantis crewmembers were awakened at 11:15 p.m. CDT Wednesday by "Wipe
Out," performed by the Surfaris. It was played for Pilot Chris Ferguson.
Thursday's agenda for Atlantis crewmembers, Commander Brent Jett, Pilot
Ferguson and Mission Specialists Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper, Joe
Tanner, Dan Burbank and Steve MacLean, include executing a "double walk
off” of the station's Canadarm 2 from the Mobile Base System to the
MacLean is scheduled to talk with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper
at 10:25 a.m. Also, Jett, station Expedition 13 Commander Pavel
Vinogradov and E13 European Space Agency Astronaut Thomas Reiter were
scheduled to talk with National Public Radio and CNN at 10:50 a.m.
While Ferguson does shuttle operations tasks, the rest of the crews,
including station NASA Science Officer Jeff Williams, will review
procedures for Friday's spacewalk, the third and final planned excursion
outside during the STS-115 mission. Tanner and Piper will work on
station truss segments to release the photovoltaic radiator restraints,
deploy SARJ braces and install an external wireless TV transmission
The next STS-115 mission status report will be issued Thursday
afternoon, or earlier if events warrant.
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