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January 11, 1997
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19970111
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
11:58 AM EST
LAUNCH-1 DAY
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
KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Jan. 12 at about 4:27.22 a.m. EST
LAUNCH WINDOW: about 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 countdown for launch of Atlantis on mission STS-81 continues on schedule today. Launch remains set for Sunday, Jan. 12, at about 4:27 a.m. at the opening of a seven-minute window. The exact time of launch will be announced about 90 minutes prior to lift-off, following final computation of the location of the Mir space station.
The orbiter's mid-body umbilical unit was demated and retracted into the fixed service structure yesterday. At about 10 a.m. today, the rotating service structure was moved to launch position. Loading of the external tank with cryogenic propellants is scheduled to begin at about 7 p.m. tonight. Prior to cryogenic loading operations, the Mission Management Team will meet to discuss tomorrow's launch weather outlook. A final decision to proceed with operations is expected at about 6:30 p.m., although there are no outstanding issues known at this time that would preclude a launch attempt tomorrow. The management team is working no hardware issues or concerns.

Today, the crew will sleep until about 5:30 p.m. When they are awakened they will spend about 6 hours preparing for tomorrow's early morning launch before being seated for their final pre-launch meal at about 11:27 p.m. They depart for the pad about 12:42 a.m.

Air Force weather forecasters continue indicating a 30 percent probability of weather prohibiting launch on Sunday. A cold front will remain well east of KSC over the Atlantic Ocean, curving southwestward over southern Florida and the Gulf of Mexico. The only concern tomorrow is for a possible low cloud ceiling. There is no concern for weather violations at the time of tanking tonight.

During Sunday's seven minute launch period, the temperature at the pad is expected to be about 48 degrees; relative humidity about 93 percent; clouds scattered at 3,000 feet and broken at 25,000 feet; pad winds from the north at 7-10 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.

SUMMARY OF BUILT-IN HOLDS FOR STS-81:

T-TIME LENGTH OF HOLD HOLD BEGINS HOLD ENDS
T-27 hours 4 hours 11 p.m. Thurs. 3 a.m. Fri.
T-19 4 hours 11 a.m. Fri. 3 a.m. Fri.
T-11 13 hours, 37 min. 11 p.m. Fri. 12:37 p.m. Sat.
T-6 2 hours 5:37 p.m. Sat. 7:37 p.m. Sat.
T-3 2 hours 10:37 p.m. Sat. 12:37 a.m. Sun.
T-20 minutes 10 minutes 3:17 a.m. Sun. 3:27 a.m. Sun.
T-9 minutes +/- 40 minutes 3:38 a.m. Sun. 4:18 a.m. Sun.

CREW FOR MISSION STS-81

Commander (CDR): Michael Baker
Pilot (PLT): Brent Jett
Mission Specialist (MS1): Jeff Wisoff
Mission Specialist (MS2): John Grunsfeld
Mission Specialist (MS3): Marsha Ivins
Mission Specialist (MS4): Jerry Linenger (up)
Mission Specialist (MS4): John Blaha (down)

SUMMARY OF STS-81 LAUNCH DAY CREW ACTIVITIES
Saturday, Jan. 11

5:30 p.m. Wake up
6:00 p.m. Breakfast
11:27 p.m. Lunch and crew photo *
11:57 p.m. Weather briefing (CDR, PLT, MS2)

Sunday, Jan. 12

12:12 a.m. Don launch and entry suits (MS1, MS3, MS4)
12:22 a.m. Don launch and entry suits (CDR, PLT, MS2)
12:30 a.m. Crew suiting photo*
12:42 a.m. Depart for launch pad 39B*
1:22 a.m. Arrive at white room and begin ingress*
2:37 a.m. Close crew hatch*
4:27 a.m. Launch*

* Televised events (times may vary slightly)
All times Eastern

 

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