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January 21, 1997
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19970121
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
12:37 PM EST
FLIGHT DAY 10/11

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 v
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 7:57 a.m. EST
MISSION DURATION: 10 days, 3 hours, 20 minutes
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 184 statute miles/51.6 degrees

NOTE: Atlantis is scheduled to land at KSC on the first of two opportunities tomorrow. KSC landing times are at 7:47 a.m. and 9:23 a.m. Two opportunities for landing are also available at Edwards Air Force Base, CA; however, no additional KSC landing support is being sent there today.

Tomorrow's weather at KSC shows the possibility of scattered low clouds at 4,000 feet and broken at 25,000 feet. For the first opportunity there is also a forecast for possible fog. Winds are expected to be from the east at 6 - 10 knots.

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: Pad 39A
TARGET LAUNCH DATE/TIME: February 11 at 3:56 a.m.
LAUNCH WINDOW: 65 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: February 21 at about 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

NOTE: Discovery arrived at Pad 39A late Friday afternoon and was hard down at about 5:05 p.m. Rollout was delayed about four hours when observers found a 24 foot-long crack on the Mobile Launcher Platform (MLP) surface. Engineering analysis indicated that there were no concerns for the weight bearing structure of the MLP and the Shuttle was cleared to resume rollout to the pad. Additional measurements taken at the pad indicate the MLP is structurally sound. Repairs to the surface are currently underway and should be complete by the end of the week.

The crew of mission STS-82 arrived yesterday for the scheduled Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (TCDT) being held this week at KSC. Tomorrow, the countdown clocks will begin ticking for a simulated main engine ignition and cut-off Thursday morning. The crew will be aboard the orbiter Discovery through the simulated launch day events on Thursday.

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

Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (Wednesday - Thursday)
Helium signature leak check (Wednesday)
Retract Rotating Service Structure for auxiliary power unit hot fire (Sunday)
Hot fire auxiliary power units (Sunday)
Deliver payloads to pad (Monday, Jan. 27)
Extend Rotating Service Structure after hot fire (Tuesday, Jan. 28)

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 on Thursday. The OPF has been reopened following work this weekend to deservice hypergolic residuals from the pod. Stacking of the right hand solid rocket booster in the Vehicle Assembly Building continues.

STS-83 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):

Remove right hand orbital maneuvering system pod (Thursday)
Complete solid rocket booster stacking operations (Friday)
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. 29)
Roll to VAB (March 3)

 

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