Flight Readiness Review Meeting Concludes

The Space Shuttle Program concluded its two-day Flight Readiness Review meeting this afternoon for shuttle Discovery’s STS-128 mission. Shuttle Program Manager John Shannon told the teams to continue moving toward the agency-level FRR, which currently is scheduled for Aug. 18. An official launch date would be selected at that meeting, although Discovery currently is targeted to launch Aug. 25. Over the next few days, teams will continue to analyze foam loss from the external fuel tanks on the STS-125 and 127 missions. The shuttle program will make decisions regarding further work and analysis of Discovery’s external tank and the tank for Atlantis’ STS-129 mission.