Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
January 3, 1997
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
12:43 PM EST
KSC Public Affairs Contact: Joel Wells (fax 407-867-2692)
MISSION: STS-81 -- 5th MIR DOCKING & SPACEHAB DM
LOCATION: Pad 39B
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Jan. 12, 1997 at about 4:27 a.m. EST
LAUNCH WINDOW: 7-10 minutes
DOCK WITH MIR: Jan. 14 at about 10:50 p.m. EST
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Jan. 22 at about 8:00 a.m. EST
MISSION DURATION: 10 days, 3 hours, 30 minutes
CREW: Baker, Jett, Grunsfeld, Ivins, Wisoff, Linenger (up), Blaha (down)
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 184 statute miles/51.6 degrees
NOTE: Space Shuttle main engine functional tests are complete. The payload bay doors are open and payload operation close-outs continue. Functional tests on Atlantis’ C-hatch (EVA hatch) are complete, and the hatch is closed for flight.
Work to close out the orbiter's aft compartment will begin today, and countdown preparations will also pick up this afternoon.
KEY STS-81 OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
Close payload bay doors for flight (this weekend)
Flight Readiness Review (Jan. 6)
Begin countdown (Jan. 9)
MISSION: STS-82 -- HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE SERVICING MISSION-2
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2
TARGET LAUNCH DATE/TIME: February 13, 1997 at 2:59 a.m.
LAUNCH WINDOW: 61 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: February 23, 1997 at 1:35 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 9 days, 22 hours
CREW: Bowersox, Horowitz, Lee, Hawley, Harbaugh, Smith, Tanner
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 360 statute miles/28.45 degrees
NOTE: Ku-band antenna system testing is in work. Discovery’s aft compartment close-outs continue. Work to waterproof Discovery begins tonight. In the VAB, external tank and SRB close-outs continue and preparations to mate the orbiter to the external tank will pick up on Monday.
KEY STS-82 OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
Roll to VAB (Jan. 10)
Roll out to Pad 39A (as early as Jan. 16)
MISSION: STS-83 -- Microgravity Science Laboratory-1
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1
TARGET LAUNCH DATE/TIME: March 27 at 2:19 p.m. EST
LAUNCH WINDOW: 2 hours, 30 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: April 12 at 7:47 a.m. EST
MISSION DURATION: 16 days
CREW: Halsell, Still, Voss, Thomas, Gernhardt, Linteris, Crouch
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 184 statute miles/28.45 degrees
NOTE: Preparations are underway to open Columbia’s payload bay doors on Monday. STS-83 booster stacking operations continue in the VAB. The left aft center booster segment has been lifted into Hi-bay 1 and mating preparations are in work.
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