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January 15, 1997
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19970115
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
11:27 AM EST
FLIGHT DAY 4/5

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:Initial post-launch assessments of the solid rocket boosters are being conducted at Hangar AF. Early reports indicate the nozzles show no signs of erosion. The booster nozzles are planned for transport back to Utah on Friday for more detailed post-flight analysis. Also, it was determined that one of three parachutes on the left-hand booster failed to inflate during descent. The booster sustained no damage as a result of this occurrence.

The crew of STS-81 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

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
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: The Shuttle interface verification test continues in the VAB. Discovery is scheduled to be rolled out to Pad 39A with first motion set for 7 a.m., Friday, Jan. 17. Discovery's launch date remains under review. A launch date of up to two days earlier is being considered.

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

VEHICLE: Columbia/OV-102
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

NOTE: Work is underway to remove the right hand orbital maneuvering system pod next week. Water spray boilers are being serviced this week as auxiliary power unit leak and functional checks continue. Stacking of the right hand solid rocket booster 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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