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Thursday | Feb. 07, 2002

Servicing of the hypergolic oxidizer propellants on board Shuttle Columbia was interrupted at Pad A early today due to the failure of a poppet in the Fill and Drain Quick Disconnect (QD). The poppet is being replaced and status of the QD is being assessed.

The QD problem is not expected to impact Columbia's planned Feb. 28 launch date.

Monday | Feb. 04, 2002
Final preparations for the launch of Shuttle Columbia on the Feb. 28 STS-109 mission continue on schedule at Pad A. The Countdown Demonstration Test was completed on Friday and the helium signature test is in progress.
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Hypergolic servicing of the vehicle starts Wednesday and the Auxiliary Power Units (APU's) will undergo hot fire tests on Friday. The lube oil in APU No.3 will be drained in order to replace a faulty transducer in the unit.

Final cleaning of the payload bay is complete and the Hubble payload will be delivered to the pad early next week.

Friday | Feb. 01, 2002

Shuttle Columbia is at Complex 39, Pad A undergoing final preparations for the Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission, and remains on schedule for the planned Feb. 28 liftoff.

The main engine Flight Readiness Test is complete and the two-day Countdown Demonstration Test (CDT) is underway, with a T-0 at 11 a.m. on Friday.

The seven STS-109 crewmembers were at the launch pad for familiarization and emergency egress operations and will be onboard Columbia today to participate in the final hours of the simulated countdown.

Columbia's payload doors were opened yesterday and final payload bay cleaning and payload pre-delivery operations are in work.

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Thursday | Feb. 07, 2002
The reaction wheel arrived at Kennedy last week, along with its flight enclosure. Mechanical and electrical integration is complete.

The MULE Carrier, with the reaction wheel in place, went through final electrical testing.

All Hubble flight hardware has been blacklight cleaned and inspected. It is ready for installation into the Cannister, which will carry it out to the Shuttle at the launch pad.

The earliest it will move to the launch pad is early next week.

 

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