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January 30, 1997
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19970130
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
1:58 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: The Flight Readiness Review is underway today at KSC as managers meet to discuss mission events and launch criteria. A firm launch date is expected to be issued following the review later this afternoon. At the pad, installation of the payloads into the orbiter’s payload bay will continue today with electrical hook-ups scheduled for Saturday. The space suits were installed into the orbiter’s airlock yesterday and a functional check is underway today. This weekend, workers will remove and replace the solid rocket booster nozzle plugs from the SRBs at the pad.

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

Remove and replace SRB nozzle plugs (Saturday and Sunday)
Payload interface verification test (Feb. 3)
Payload end-to-end test (Feb. 4)
Ordnance installation and pressurize hypergolic system (Feb. 6)
Close payload bay doors (Feb. 7)
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 was interrupted yesterday when the vehicle used to installed the engines developed a problem. Engines No. 1 and 3 were successfully installed but engine No. 2 will be installed this weekend. Preparations continue for the installation of the Microgravity Science Laboratory into the payload bay on Saturday. Also, the right hand orbital maneuvering system pod will be delivered to the OPF tomorrow for installation on the orbiter next week. In the Vehicle Assembly Building, the external tank is being mated with the solid rocket boosters today.

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

Install Microgravity Science Laboratory into orbiter's payload bay (Feb. 1)
Begin OMS pod installation (Feb. 2)
Crew equipment and interface test (CEIT) (Feb. 15)
Close payload bay doors for move to Vehicle Assembly Building (Feb. 24)
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 double module was removed yesterday and transported to the Space Station Processing Facility in preparation for its next flight in May. Preparations are also underway to remove and replace auxiliary power unit No. 3 this weekend.

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

Remove and replace APU No. 3 (Saturday)
Remove Space Shuttle main engines (Monday)
Forward reaction control system functional check-out (Feb. 3)
Install left hand orbital maneuvering system pod (Feb. 26)

 

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