Shuttle orbiter Discovery has arrived in the VAB, following a 30 minute trip to the VAB that began late tonight – local time.
The rollover was initially delayed due to a crack that was found in a sensor bracket on her Right Main Landing Gear, during preparations in OPF 3 (Orbiter Processing Facility). A replacement part, taken from Endeavour, was the orginal plan, but engineers decided to repair the crack with a special tape.
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This morning, a NASA memo pointed to the requirement of taking a part from Endeavour, for use on Discovery.
‘Bracket located on the forward bulkhead of the wheel well behind the torque arm. Engineering forward plan is to R&R (remove and replace) the bracket by cannibalizing one from OV-105 (Endeavour).
However, with the news that the crack has been taped up – with loading showing the repair is deemed successful, NASA and the United Space Alliance were able to rollover Discovery without any considerable delay.
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