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(Phone: 202/453-8536) Kyle Herring Johnson Space Center, Houston (Phone: 713/483-5111) RELEASE: 90-95
July 6, 1990
SPACE SHUTTLE ENDEAVOUR POWERED-ON
The new Space Shuttle Endeavour was powered-on for the first time today at Rockwell International Corp.'s Orbiter Assembly Facility in Palmdale, Calif., 10 days ahead of schedule. The event is a major milestone in the vehicle's construction signifying the initial flow of power to Endeavour's on-board electrical systems. The start of power-on testing marks the beginning of an eight-month test period for Endeavour, the fifth operational orbiter built by Rockwell's Space Systems Division (SSD) for NASA's Space Shuttle program. During the next three months, Endeavour's on-board electrical systems will be functionally energized to verify that the vehicle's instrumentation is operational and that vehicle systems are performing to engineering specifications. Following completion of the power-on tests, a final acceptance test will be conducted to verify the performance of the total integrated vehicle. Endeavour is scheduled for rollout and delivery to NASA in April 1991 and a first flight in early 1992. In addition to the power-on tests, work continues on other elements of the vehicle. Technicians are currently performing final structural mate of the wings to the aft fuselage.
Installation of a drag chute assembly that will aid in vehicle deceleration and reduce loads on the landing gear and brakes is in progress. Thermal protection system tile and blanket installations are ahead of schedule and approximately 75-80 percent complete. Aft fuselage system installations are continuing. Major structural components remaining to be mated to the vehicle include its body flap in July; vertical stabilizer, payload pay doors, and elevons in August; and forward reaction control system module in November. Endeavour's orbital maneuvering system pods will be installed at Kennedy Space Center, Fla. Rockwell received authority to proceed with construction of Endeavour from NASA in August 1987, although production of many of the basic elements necessary for the vehicle was begun in 1983, when NASA awarded Rockwell a contract to build orbiter spare parts. Rockwell SSD manages the Endeavour construction program under the direction of NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston. - end -
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