[sarex] Way on Discovery's Repairs Discovery's starboard landing gear.
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Thu Sep 20 14:20:13 PDT 2007
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*Tests Under Way on Discovery's Repairs* Discovery's starboard landing gear.
Image above: With repairs of the hydraulic leak completed, tests on
Discovery's right landing gear have begun inside the Orbiter Processing
Facility. Image credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller + View larger image
With space shuttle Discovery's right landing gear reassembled following
the replacement of its four hydraulic seals, technicians now are
carrying out a series of tests on the system. Once these tests are
concluded on Saturday and the repairs have been determined successful,
the way would be cleared for Discovery's move on Sunday from its
processing hangar at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center to the Vehicle Assembly
Building. Depending on how processing operations go, rollout to the
launch pad could take place one week later.
One of Discovery’s struts, which act as shock absorbers during the
shuttle's landing, began leaking hydraulic fluid last week.
Once Discovery is in the Vehicle Assembly Building, it will be attached
to its external fuel tank and two solid rocket boosters for its upcoming
mission, STS-120, to the International Space Station.
While NASA managers will continue to assess the progress, the ongoing
preparations would still support Discovery’s Oct. 23 target launch date.
+ STS-120 Mission Overview
+ Harmony Node 2
+ Space Shuttle Discovery
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