[sarex] NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report 11/22/06
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Wed Nov 22 17:54:02 PST 2006
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Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
STATUS REPORT: S-112206
NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
*Note:* NASA's Kennedy Space Center issues Space Shuttle Processing
Status Reports periodically and is the source for information regarding
processing activities associated with the vehicles and payloads. If you
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*Mission:* STS-116 - 20th International Space Station Flight (12A.1) -
P5 Truss Segment
*Vehicle:* Discovery (OV-103)
*Location:* Launch Pad 39B
*Launch Date:* No earlier than Dec. 7, 2006
*Launch Pad:* 39B
*Crew:* Polansky, Oefelein, Curbeam, Higginbotham, Patrick, Fuglesang
*Inclination/Orbit Altitude:* 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles
This week at Launch Pad 39B, technicians completed prelaunch propellant
servicing in preparation for Space Shuttle Discovery's launch to the
International Space Station, set for no earlier than Dec. 7. This
servicing includes loading the fuel (monomethyl hydrazine) and oxidizer
(nitrogen tetroxide) into the orbital maneuvering system and the forward
reaction control system. It also includes loading hydrazine in the solid
rocket boosters and the auxiliary power units on the orbiter.
Space shuttle main engine ball seal leak checks were completed today.
Crew cabin and SPACEHAB leak checks are planned for Sunday.
On Nov. 28 and 29, NASA managers will hold the traditional Flight
Readiness Review at Kennedy Space Center. The review is a two-day
assessment of preparations for Discovery's mission and is designed to
produce a number of key decisions about the assembly flight, including
selection of an official launch date.
If the decision is made to proceed for the opening of the launch window,
the seven-member crew will arrive for launch at the Shuttle Landing
Facility the afternoon of Dec. 3.
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