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Kibo Pressurized Module's Launch Site Processing Status


Launch Site Processing Overview

Kibo's Pressurized Module (PM) arrived at Port Canaveral adjacent to NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Florida, at 6:00 a.m. EDT, May 30, 2003. It had departed from Yokohama Harbor, Japan, on May 2.

After arrival, the PM was transported to the Space Station Processing Facility (SSPF) in KSC. The following activities have been completed so far.

  • Acceptance, Unpacking, and Cleanup of Ground Support Equipment
GSE acceptance and unpacking Various GSE
GSE acceptance and unpacking Various GSE

The ground support equipment (GSE), including electrical power supply, fluid system, and test equipment, were accepted, unpacked, and cleaned. This equipment had been shipped separately from the PM and the Remote Manipulator System console.

  • Transport and Installation of GSE

The GSE was transported and installed in the SSPF, and completed post-installation testing.

  • PM Unpacking and Installation
PM's container being unloaded from the cargo ship on June 4 PM being removed from its transportation container on June 10 Attaching the rotating platform to the PM
PM's container being unloaded from the cargo ship on June 4 PM being removed from its transportation container on June 10 Attaching the rotating platform to the PM

The PM was removed from the transportation container and placed in position.

  • Acceptance of the Remote Manipulator System console
RMS console acceptance on June 2
RMS console acceptance on June 2

The RMS console received an external inspection and was confirmed to have no anomaly.

  • Inspection of PM main body
PM's main body inspection
PM's main body inspection

Fluid lines, joints, and connectors inside the PM were visually inspected, and verified to have no water leaks or other anomalies.

  • On-Orbit Constraints Test (OOCT)
OOCT from June 23 through 27
OOCT from June 23 through 27

Fit checks were conducted for the PM bulkhead connectors and flight hardware including air ducts, electric lines, communication lines, and coolant tubes installed between the PM and Node 2. The PM and Node 2 will be connected on orbit by astronauts. The fit checks confirmed there were no problems in the connections.

The PM and Node 2 are planned to be connected four days after the launch of the PM. Since they will be connected by astronauts in a limited time, it is very important to check the workability and the procedure.

Steven Lindsey, a NASA astronaut, connected the systems in the test. Lindsey is a veteran of three spaceflights.

  • Replacement of the Cooling Water and Removal of Air from coolant

The cooling water was replaced since it degrades with time.

  • Rack Installation and Removal
ECLSS/TCS rack RMS console
ECLSS/TCS rack RMS console

The workstation rack, which had been attached to the PM for shipping, was removed, and an Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) and Thermal Control System (TCS) #2 rack, which had been transported individually, were attached after replacement of the cooling water. Cooling water in the RMS console was also replaced.

  • Preparations for Multi-Element Integration Test-III

Testing procedures were confirmed, simulation was conducted, test cables were laid, and cameras were installed to get ready for the Multi-Element Integration Test-III (MEIT-III).



Launch Site Processing Schedule

Launch Site Processing Schedule

Last Updated : November 7, 2003

 
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