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January 31, 1997
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19970131
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
11:49 AM 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
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 (image)
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 360 statute miles/28.45 degrees

NOTE: The Flight Readiness Review concluded yesterday and Feb. 11 was chosen as the official launch date for Discovery on mission STS-82. At the pad, installation of the payloads into the orbiter’s payload bay is complete and electrical hook-ups will begin tonight. The payload interface verification test is set for Monday. Also, the space suits have been installed into the orbiter’s airlock and the functional checks are complete. Aft engine compartment close-outs are in work today. Tomorrow through Sunday, 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 (Monday)
Payload end-to-end test (Tuesday)
Ordnance installation and pressurize hypergolic system (Thursday)
Crew arrival (8 a.m. Feb. 7)
Close payload bay doors (Feb. 7)
Countdown begins (4 a.m. Feb. 8)

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 will continue today with the final engine, No. 2, ready for installation. Preparations continue for the installation of the Microgravity Science Laboratory into the payload bay on Saturday. This is pending the resolution of a small dent found in a coolant tube in the payload bay, which is under engineering evaluation today. Also, the right hand orbital maneuvering system pod will be delivered to the OPF today for installation on the orbiter next week. In the Vehicle Assembly Building, the external tank has been successfully mated with the solid rocket boosters and close-outs will be conducted this weekend.

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

Install Microgravity Science Laboratory into orbiter's payload bay (Saturday)
Begin OMS pod installation (Monday)
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: Preparations are underway to begin the process to remove and replace auxiliary power unit No. 3 this weekend. Removal of the three main engines is set to begin on Monday. Analysis has been conducted on the orbiter’s chin panel and as a result the panel will not have to be removed for any additional work or certification for flight. Stacking of the solid rocket boosters will begin on Monday in the VAB.

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

Begin operations to remove and replace APU No. 3 (Saturday)
Remove Space Shuttle main engines (Monday)
Begin stacking solid rocket boosters in Vehicle Assembly Building (Monday)
Forward reaction control system functional check-out (Monday)
Install left hand orbital maneuvering system pod (Feb. 26)

 

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