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Atlantis is 'Go' for Rollout








STS-117 Atlantis (OV-104) [+]
Launch: NET 08-June @ 07:37:56pm EDT (23:37:56 UT)
Launch Pad: 39A
Landing: 19-June @ 02:47pm EDT (18:47 UT)
Landing Site: KSC
Inclination: 51.6°
Altitude: 122 nautical miles
Primary Payload: ISS 13A, S3/S4 Truss

Atlantis is 'Go' for Rollout :: 05.11.07 - 4:30 p.m. EDT :: After Friday's rollout review meeting, NASA officials announced that repairs on the external tank on Space Shuttle Atlantis have been completed. The vehicle is scheduled to roll out to the launch pad on Wednesday, May 16 with first motion at 4 a.m. EDT. "The teams have done a phenomenal job of repairing this tank," said Bill Gerstenmaier, space operations associate administrator. "We've done a lot of extra reviews to make sure we didn't miss anything -- a lot of testing…to make sure things were done right and they've done a great job." Wayne Hale, Space Program manager gave a lot of credit to the hundreds of workers across the country who pulled together for the repair project. "We're really proud of what they have done…in an unexpected circumstance amidst all the other work they have to do," said Hale. John Chapman, manager of the external tank project pointed out that the tank will have a speckled appearance but it will not affect performance or safety. There will be a flight readiness review held on May 30, 31 and a media event will be held afterwards to discuss the results of the meeting.

+ STS-117: Just Do It — Again
+ Expedition 15
+ NASA's Shuttle and Rocket Missions
+ Consolidated Launch Manifest
+ NASA to Rotate Station Astronauts on Next Shuttle Mission
+ Revised STS-117 Mission Patch

ok ... so it'll be a kinda speckle-y rollout.

more links:

+ Queen Elizabeth II speaks to the ISS - or at least listens
+ Expedition 15 In-Flight Event with the British Royal Family
+ NASA teleconference May 11 - status of STS-117
+ NASA: Fuel Tank Repairs Complete for Shuttle Atlantis :: "As you can imagine, it's going to look pretty speckle-y," John Chapman, NASA's external tank project manager, told reporters during the briefing. "It's kind of like having a car that has had body and fender work, but hasn't had the primer work...you're eye has trouble recognizing that it's going to be nice and smooth."
+ NASA shuttle tank an eyesore but ready to fly :: Instead of being a uniform orange color, Atlantis's tank now has a patchwork of white spots where technicians sprayed, scraped and filled fresh foam into more than 4,200 areas that were damaged during a freak hail storm in February. "I want to prepare all of you for what this tank is going to look like when we roll it out," fuel tank manager John Chapman told reporters on a teleconference call. "It's going to look pretty speckly."

[13-May|05:22pm] :: NASA's current plan is a Tuesday morning rollout, Call to Stations for Rollout has been scheduled for 12:01 am eastern time, with first motion targeted for 4:00 am [+]. Tuesday, 15-May chart @ 4:00AM EDT (08:00 UT): MARS & OPPORTUNITY conj ASC; CERES conj POF; PALLAS conj T.NODE.

Atlantis is 'Go' for Rollout :: 05.14.07 - 11 a.m. EDT :: Good progress was made on the final repairs on Atlantis' external tank over the weekend. Space Program managers have decided to rollout the vehicle to Launch Pad 39A on Tuesday morning, with first motion scheduled for 4:00 a.m. EDT [+].

[15-May|02:45am] :: first motion @ 5:05am EDT, i think.

Atlantis Rolls Out to Launch Pad :: 05.15.07 - 6:30 a.m. EDT :: Rollout of Space Shuttle Atlantis from NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building to Launch Pad 39A began at 5:02 a.m. this morning. The trip will end with hard down at the pad around noon. The weather en route looks to be favorable.

Atlantis is at the Pad :: 05.15.07 - 1:30 p.m. EDT :: Space Shuttle Atlantis atop the crawler transporter made the slow journey to the launch pad this morning. The vehicle was 'hard-down' at Launch Pad 39A at 11:47 a.m. EDT. There will be a flight readiness review held on May 30, 31 and a media event will be held afterwards to discuss the results of the meeting.

Tags: atlantis, nasa, rollout, sts-117
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