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Excerpts from Weekly Report

Friday | Oct. 5, 2001
NASA Headquarters/Code M officially approved delaying the HST Servicing Mission (SM) 3B launch by one month due to delays associated with Shuttle launch processing at KSC. The new launch date is now February 14, 2002.

The HST SM3B Integrated Flight Hardware Test was successfully completed this week in the Vehicle Electrical System Test (VEST) facility. The purpose of this test was to demonstrate that all of the SM3B manifested flight hardware, ground system, and SM3B Command Plan work together properly with the HST during SM3B.

The Crew Familiarization/Verification 5 was conducted at GSFC. Included in the activity were a demonstration of the flight B-latch alignment tool on an ACS mock-up, briefing on Solar Array 2 (SA2) roll-up characteristics and voice protocols, a SA2 bi-stem demonstration.

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Shuttle & Payload Processing Status Report

Friday | Oct. 5, 2001
Columbia's payload premate test is in work today. Workers are checking Columbia's S-band communication system and conducting the interface verification test for the orbiter's forward steering system.

Thursday | Oct. 4, 2001
Today, shuttle managers named Feb. 14 as the target launch date for mission STS-109. The move accommodates orbiter processing requirements while maintaining an early 2002 launch date to the Hubble Space Telescope.

Technicians have completed close-out work on the recently installed forward reaction control system. Work on Columbia's orbiter maneuvering system (OMS) pods is complete. Workers are checking Columbia's S-band communication system and preparing for the payload premate test.

Monday | Oct. 1, 2001
Technicians completed Columbia's auxiliary power unit (APU) inspections last week and replaced an APU quick disconnect.

An evaluation of Columbia's recently installed OMS pods continues with possible implications on the rest of the Shuttle fleet. Elongated bolt-holes at one of each pod's load bearing attach points are being analyzed in an effort to determine if the condition is unique to Columbia.


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