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January 7, 1997
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19970107
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
12:03 PM EST

KSC Public Affairs Contact: Bruce Buckingham (fax 407-867-2692)
E-mail: Bruce.Buckingham-1@kmail.ksc.nasa.gov

MISSION: STS-81 -- 5th MIR DOCKING & SPACEHAB DM

VEHICLE: Atlantis/OV-104
LOCATION: Pad 39B
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Jan. 12, 1997 at about 4:27 a.m. ESTv 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:The STS-81 Flight Readiness Review concluded yesterday with NASA managers selecting Jan. 12 as the official target launch date for Atlantis.

At the pad, ordnance operations and pressurization of the reaction control system were completed yesterday and the pad was reopened for normal pre-launch operations. Today, final stowage of experiments and equipment in the Spacehab is underway. Also, aft engine compartment close-outs are being finalized with aft door installation set for tomorrow. The crew of mission STS-81 is scheduled to arrive at KSC at about 10 p.m. tomorrow. The countdown is scheduled to begin at the T-43 hour mark at 7 a.m. Thursday.

KEY STS-81 OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):

Aft engine compartment close-outs complete (Wednesday)
Crew arrival (10 p.m. Wednesday)
Begin countdown (7 a.m. Thursday)

MISSION: STS-82 -- HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE SERVICING MISSION-2

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2
TARGET LAUNCH DATE/TIME: February 13 at 2:59 a.m.
LAUNCH WINDOW: 61 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: February 23 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: Checks of the hatch actuators and close-outs and cleaning in the payload bay continues. The payload bay doors are on schedule to be closed on Thursday. Roll over to the Vehicle Assembly Building is targeted for Saturday, Jan. 11.

KEY STS-82 OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):

Close payload bay doors (Thursday)
Roll to VAB (Jan. 11)
Roll out to Pad 39A (Jan. 17)

MISSION: STS-83 -- Microgravity Science Laboratory-1

VEHICLE: Columbia/OV-102
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: The payload bay doors are open and preparations continue for removal of the Space Shuttle main engines this weekend. Pressure checks of fuel cell No. 2 are also in work. Members of the STS-83 crew are at KSC this week for tests on the MSL in the Operations and Checkout Building and to conduct a sharp-edge inspection of the orbiter's payload bay and crew compartment in the OPF. Stacking of the solid rocket boosters in the Vehicle Assembly Building continues.

KEY STS-83 OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):

Begin removal of main engines (Saturday)
Remove right hand orbital maneuvering system pod (Jan. 16)
Install MSL (Jan. 24)
Install main engines (Jan. 26)

 

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