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January 17, 1997
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19970117
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
3:42 PM EST
FLIGHT DAY 6/7

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: Orbit
OFFICIAL KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Jan. 12 at about 4:27.23 a.m. EST
DOCK WITH MIR: Jan. 14 at about 10:53 p.m. EST
UNDOCK FROM MIR: Jan. 19 at about 9:12 p.m. EST
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/ *TIME: Jan. 22 at about 7:47 a.m. EST
MISSION DURATION: 10 days, 3 hours, 20 minutes *
CREW: Baker, Jett, Grunsfeld, Ivins, Wisoff, Linenger (up), Blaha (down)
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 184 statute miles/51.6 degrees

NOTE: Atlantis is scheduled to undock from Mir at about 9:12 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 19. Landing remains set for Jan. 22 at about 7:47 a.m. at KSC.

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 11 at 3:56 a.m. *
LAUNCH WINDOW: 65 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: February 21 at 2:30 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

*Please note changes from earlier status

NOTE: Rollout of Discovery to Pad 39A was halted today at about 8:25 a.m. when observers heard a "loud bang" and a 24 foot-long crack developed on the Mobile Launcher Platform (MLP) surface. The crack in the 1/2 inch steel plate runs from near the left hand SRB flame hole toward the closest corner of the MLP. (The corner at MLP sides 2 & 3). The event happened about one hour after first motion (7:23 a.m.).

Engineering analysis indicated that there were no load bearing concerns for the weight bearing structure of the MLP and the Shuttle was cleared to resume rollout to the pad. Additional precautionary measurements and validations will be conducted this weekend at the pad and repairs will be made where necessary. No impact to the overall schedule is expected.

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

Crew interviews with news media at pad (Tuesday, Jan. 21)
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 about 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 under way to remove the right-hand orbital maneuvering system pod next week. The Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF) has been cleared for work to deservice hypergolic residuals still in the pod. 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)
* Complete sold rocket booster stacking operations (Jan. 24)
* Install Space Shuttle main engines (Jan. 27)
* Install Microgravity Science Laboratory into orbiter's payload bay (Jan. 28)
* Mate external tank to solid rocket boosters in VAB (Jan. 28)
* Roll to VAB (March 3)

 

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