This month at our monthly workshop (#36!) Evidence Design (EVD) was treated to yet another interesting event in the life space shuttle Endeavour as the orbiter was opened to remove her water tanks. Project manager Dennis Jenkins posted the following newsletter refereeing to this procedure:
Greetings from Los Angeles,
The International Space Station Program requested the potable water tanks from Atlantis and Endeavour for possible future use aboard ISS. The OV-104 tanks were removed in May; OV-105 gave up her tanks this week. Here are some photos of the operation. Mark Kelly (STS-134 CDR) and Drew Feustel (STS-134 MS3) made guest appearances while the ship was open. The removal has no affect on the outer mold line so nobody will ever know they are missing.
A great crew came from KSC to perform the work. They treated the ship with the care and respect she deserves. CollectSPACE ran a nice article
We are proceeding with the design of the new building and planning for stacking OV-105 with ET-94 and a set of boosters. Two years and counting… More info and pictures.