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January 29, 1997
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19970129
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
1:12 PM EST

KSC Public Affairs Contact: Bruce Buckingham (fax 407-867-2692)
E-mail: Bruce.Buckingham-1@kmail.ksc.nasa.gov

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 2:43 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 9 days, 22 hours, 47 minutes
CREW: Bowersox, Horowitz, Lee, Hawley, Harbaugh, Smith, Tanner
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 360 statute miles/28.45 degrees

NOTE: Installation of the payloads into the orbiter's payload bay is in work today. Also today, the space suits are being installed into the orbiter's airlock. Functional checks are scheduled for tomorrow. This weekend, workers will remove and replace the solid rocket booster nozzle plugs from the SRBs at the pad. This is a pad clear operation but is not expected to affect the target launch date.

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

Space suit functional checks (Thursday)
Flight Readiness Review (begins 10:30 a.m. Thursday)
Payload interface verification test (Feb. 3)
Payload end-to-end test (Feb. 4)
Ordnance installation and pressurize hypergolic system (Feb. 5-6)

MISSION: STS-83 -- Microgravity Science Laboratory-1

VEHICLE: Columbia/OV-102
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1
TARGET LAUNCH DATE/TIME: April 3 at 2:01 p.m. EST
LAUNCH WINDOW: 2 hours, 30 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: April 19 at about 7:30 a.m. EDT
MISSION DURATION: 15 days, 16 hours, 29 minutes
CREW: Halsell, Still, Voss, Thomas, Gernhardt, Linteris, Crouch
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 184 statute miles/28.45 degrees
NOTE: Installation of the Space Shuttle main engines and tests on the Ku-band antenna continue today. The Microgravity Science Laboratory will be installed into the payload bay on Friday. In the Vehicle Assembly Building, the external tank will be mated with the solid rocket boosters tomorrow.

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

Mate external tank to solid rocket boosters in VAB (Jan. 30)
Install Microgravity Science Laboratory into orbiter's payload bay (Jan. 31)
Roll to Vehicle Assembly Building (March 3)

MISSION: STS-84 -- 6th MIR DOCKING & SPACEHAB DM

VEHICLE: Atlantis/OV-104
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 3
OFFICIAL KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: May 15 at about 4:05 a.m. EDT
LAUNCH WINDOW: 7-10 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: May 24 at about 7:50 a.m. EDT
MISSION DURATION: 9 days, 3 hours, 45 minutes
CREW: Precourt, Collins, Foale, Noriega, Lu, Clervoy, Kondakova
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 184 statute miles/51.6 degrees

NOTE: The Spacehab payload is being removed today. It will be transported to the Space Station Processing Facility as preparations are made for its reflight in May. Engineers have determined that auxiliary power unit No. 3 should be removed and replaced due to erratic chamber pressure readings after landing. This work is scheduled to be conducted this weekend.

STS-84 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):

Remove and replace APU No. 3 (Saturday)
Remove Space Shuttle main engines (Monday)

 

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