Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
January 13, 1997
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
1:16 PM EST
FLIGHT DAY 2
KSC Public Affairs Contact: Bruce Buckingham (fax 407-867-2692)
MISSION: STS-81 -- 5th MIR DOCKING & SPACEHAB DM
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 solid rocket booster retrieval ships have recovered the spent boosters and are expected back at Hangar AF by early afternoon today. Initial post-launch assessments will be conducted beginning tomorrow. The booster nozzles are planned for transport back to Utah on Friday for more detailed post-flight analysis.
The crew of STS-81 are: Commander Michael Baker, Pilot Brent Jett, and Mission Specialists Jeff Wisoff, John Grunsfeld, Marsha Ivins, Jerry Linenger (up), and John Blaha (down).
MISSION: STS-82 -- HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE SERVICING MISSION-2
LOCATION: Vehicle Assemble Building
TARGET LAUNCH DATE/TIME: February 13 at 2:59 a.m. (under review)
LAUNCH WINDOW: 61 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: February 23 at 1:35 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 9 days, 22 hours
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 360 statute miles/28.45 degrees
NOTE: Discovery was transferred to the Vehicle Assembly Building Saturday night, Jan. 11. First motion was at about 11 p.m. Following the launch of Atlantis early Sunday morning, Discovery was lifted and mated to the external tank and solid rocket boosters in VAB high bay 3. Preparations are being established today to begin the Shuttle interface verification test. Discovery is scheduled to be rolled out to Pad 39A early Friday, Jan. 17.
KEY STS-82 OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
Roll out to Pad 39A (Jan. 17)
Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (Jan. 22-23)
Hot fire auxiliary power units (Jan. 26)
Deliver payloads to pad (Jan. 27)
MISSION: STS-83 -- Microgravity Science Laboratory-1
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1
TARGET LAUNCH DATE/TIME: April 3 at 2:19 p.m. EST *
LAUNCH WINDOW: 2 hours, 30 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: April 19 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
*Please note changes from earlier status
NOTE: Late last week, managers decided to move the target launch date of Columbia one week later to permit additional processing time in the OPF. No impact to other missions later in the year is expected.
The Space Shuttle main engines were removed this weekend. Work is now underway to remove the right hand orbital maneuvering system pod next week. Wing-to-fuselage carry-through bolts were torque checked and aft flight deck de-configuration is complete. Water spray boilers are being checked this week and auxiliary power unit leak and functional checks are continuing. Stacking of the solid rocket boosters in the Vehicle Assembly Building continues. The left booster stack is complete.
KEY STS-83 OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
* Remove right hand orbital maneuvering system pod (Jan. 23)
* Install Space Shuttle main engines (Jan. 27)
* Install Microgravity Science Laboratory into orbiter's payload bay (Jan. 28)
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