Dwayne C. Brown Headquarters, Washington, DC (Phone: 202/358-1726) George H.

Diller Kennedy Space Center, FL (Phone: 407/867-2468 ) RELEASE: 98-142

August 3, 1998

"LEONARDO" ARRIVES AT NASA'S KENNEDY SPACE CENTER "Leonardo," one of three Italian Space Agency multi-purpose logistics modules that will be used to resupply the International Space Station, arrived last weekend at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, FL, on a special "Beluga" air cargo plane from the Alenia Aerospazio factory in Turin, Italy. Scheduled to launch aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour (STS-100) in December 1999, "Leonardo" is a reusable logistics carrier that will be the primary delivery system to resupply and return station cargo requiring a pressurized environment. The cylindrical module is approximately 21 feet long and 15 feet in diameter, weighing almost 4.5 tons, excluding up to 20,000 pounds of contents. The module will contain supplies, science experiments, spare parts and components for the International Space Station. Once Endeavour is in orbit, the module will be removed from the payload bay and docked to the space station using the remote manipulator arm of either the orbiter or the station. During each multipurpose logistics module mission, supplies and scientific experiments will be exchanged for items to be returned to Earth, including completed experiments, equipment for repair, or trash and recyclables. "Leonardo" is being processed at Kennedy's Space Station Processing Facility with engineering support from the Italian Space Agency, Alenia Aerospazio and Boeing. Among the activities necessary for the payload test team to prepare the module for launch are integrated electrical tests with other station elements in the facility, leak tests, electrical and software compatibility tests with the Space Shuttle using the Cargo Integrated Test Equipment, and an Interface Verification Test once the module is installed in the Space

Shuttle's payload bay at the launch pad. NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL, provided the module's hardware development engineering oversight. The most significant mechanical task to be performed on "Leonardo" in Kennedy's facility is the installation and outfitting of the racks for carrying the various experiments and cargo. The module will provide interfaces for up to 16 racks, five of which also furnish power, data and fluid support to a refrigerator freezer. The racks will be installed into the module using an efficient piece of robotic equipment called the "Rack Insertion Device." This device was developed by Kennedy engineers for fast and easy installation and removal of the racks for rapid turnaround of the logistics module between missions. "Leonardo" is the first of three modules to be furnished to the International Space Station program by the Italian Space Agency. "Raffaello" is scheduled to arrive at Kennedy next year and "Donatello" in 2001. -end-