Tue, Sep 29, 2009
Atlantis Being Prepped For October 13th Rollout
Beginning a new week at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in
Florida, technicians continue working on space shuttle Atlantis to
get it ready for its rollover from Orbiter Processing Facility-1 to
the Vehicle Assembly Building.
The Ku band communication antenna has been stowed in the
vehicle's payload bay and the payload bay doors have been closed.
Technicians now are testing systems and closing them down for the
targeted October 6th rollover.
Teams in Kennedy's Vehicle Assembly Building also are working on
installing pyrotechnic charges on the solid rocket booster and
external fuel tank stack today.
After Atlantis is installed onto the mobile launcher platform,
the entire stack will be moved or "rolled out" to Launch Pad 39A,
currently scheduled for October 13th.
Meanwhile, the STS-129 mission astronauts have a full week of
mission simulations at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.
Today, the crew will work in Johnson's virtual reality lab. This is
a type of computer interface that is paired with virtual reality
training hardware and software which helps the crew to practice
working on tasks they'll be performing in space.
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