Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
January 9, 1997
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
12:06 PM EST
KSC Public Affairs Contact: Bruce Buckingham (fax 407-867-2692)v E-mail: Bruce.Buckinghamfirstname.lastname@example.org
MISSION: STS-81 -- 5th MIR DOCKING & SPACEHAB DM
LOCATION: Pad 39B
KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Jan. 12 at about 4:27 a.m. EST
LAUNCH WINDOW: 7 minutes
DOCK WITH MIR: Jan. 14 at about 10:50 p.m. EST
UNDOCK FROM MIR: Jan. 19 at about 9:12 p.m. EST
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Jan. 22 at about 7:57 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 six-member crew for mission STS-81 arrived at KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility last night at 10 p.m. and the countdown for launch began as scheduled at 7 a.m. today at the T-43 hour mark. No technical issues are being worked at this time and Atlantis is on schedule for launch at 4:27 a.m. Sunday.
At the pad, aft engine compartment and solid rocket booster close-outs are complete. Today, preparations are under way to load cryogenic reactants into the power reactant storage and distribution system onboard the orbiter. The pad will be cleared at midnight and cryogenic loading will commence at about 3:30 a.m. tomorrow.
Weather forecasters are currently indicating only a 30 percent chance of weather violations on launch day. The primary concern is for possible low ceilings or fog. There is no concern for weather violations at the time of tanking at 7 p.m. Saturday.
The temperature at the pad at launch time is expected to be about 44 degrees; relative humidity about 89 percent; clouds possibly as low as 500 feet, then scattered at 3,500 feet and 10,000 feet and broken at 25,000 feet; pad winds from the north at 3-5 knots; and no precipitation is forecast.
The 24-hour delay forecast indicates a 70 percent chance of violation. The 48-hour delay forecast shows an 80 percent chance of violation.
KEY STS-81 OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
Begin loading cryogenic reactants into Atlantis' onboard storage tanks (3:30 a.m. Fri.)
Move Rotating Service Structure to launch position (10 a.m. Saturday)
Begin external tank cryogenic loading (7 p.m. Saturday)
Crew walk-out (12:42 a.m. Sunday)
MISSION: STS-82 -- HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE SERVICING MISSION-2
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2
TARGET LAUNCH DATE/TIME: February 13 at 2:59 a.m. EST
LAUNCH WINDOW: 61 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: February 23 at 1:35 a.m. EST
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: Final close-outs in the payload bay are complete and the doors will be closed tonight. Airlock and aft engine compartment close-outs are also set to be completed later today. Roll over to the Vehicle Assembly Building is targeted for late Saturday afternoon. In the Vehicle Assembly Building, Discovery will be mated to the external tank and solid rocket boosters.
KEY STS-82 OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
Roll to VAB (6 p.m. Saturday)
Roll out to Pad 39A (Jan. 17)
Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (Jan. 22-23)
MISSION: STS-83 -- Microgravity Science Laboratory-1
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1
TARGET LAUNCH DATE/TIME: March 27 at 2:19 p.m. ESTv 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 continue for removal of the Space Shuttle main engines this weekend. Pressure checks of fuel cell No. 2 and payload bay door radiator functional tests are complete. 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 Microgravity Science Laboratory into orbiter's payload bay (Jan. 24)
Install Space Shuttle main engines (Jan. 26)
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