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Vehicle: Columbia/OV-102
Shuttle Processing Status Report

Thursday | Feb. 14, 2002

The Shuttle Management Team is participating in the Flight Readiness Review today to assess the status of Shuttle Columbia's STS-109 Mission, currently scheduled for Feb. 28.

At Pad A, the Rotating Service Structure was moved to the parked position to prepare for the Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) hot fire later today.

The Hubble payload will be delivered to the pad early tomorrow and the Reaction Wheel Assembly will be replaced with a new unit before the payload is installed aboard Columbia on Sunday. CLICK HERE FOR MORE IMAGES...

A Risk Assessment Team is continuing its investigation to determine the stress integrity of the bolts that attach the hydraulic pumps to the three APUs.

Monday | Feb. 11, 2002
Shuttle Columbia remains on schedule for the planned liftoff of the Hubble Servicing Mission at 6:48 a.m. EST on Feb. 28. At Pad A, the launch team opted to complete hypergolic fueling on Saturday and make the QD repairs before resuming the oxidizer fill.

The Auxiliary Propulsion Unit (APU) hot fire is scheduled for tomorrow after the Rotating Service Structure (RSS) is moved to the parked position.

The Hubble payload will be transferred to the pad early Wednesday and will be installed onboard Columbia late this week.

Kennedy Space Center
Hubble Space Telescope
Payload Processing Status Report

Friday | Feb. 15, 2002
Loading of the Hubble payload into the canister was completed this morning. In the next couple of days, the canister will be rotated to an upright vertical position and embark on a 3 hour trip to the launch pad. CLICK HERE FOR MORE IMAGES...

Once at the pad, the payload will enter the Payload Changeout Room (PCR), which is adjacent to the Shuttle. Protective bagging will be removed. The payload will then undergo a contamination inspection and a trunnion inspection (to rule out sharp edges). CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON THE PAYLOAD CHANGEOUT...


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