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February 3, 1997
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19970203
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
11:29 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
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 360 statute miles/28.45 degrees

NOTE: Over the weekend, workers successfully removed and replaced the solid rocket booster nozzle plugs from the SRBs at the pad. Electrical hook-ups of the mission payloads are complete and cryogenic cooling of the Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS) will continue through Wednesday morning. The payload interface verification test will begin this afternoon and the payload end-to-end test will start tomorrow. Aft engine compartment close-outs continue in work this week. The crew is scheduled to arrive at KSC Friday morning and the countdown is set to begin Saturday.

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

Payload end-to-end test (Tuesday)
Ordnance installation and pressurization of hypergolic system (Thursday)
Crew arrival (8 a.m. Friday)
Close payload bay doors (Friday night)
Countdown begins (4 a.m. Saturday)
Complete aft engine compartment close-outs (Saturday)

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 completed this weekend. Also, the Microgravity Science Laboratory was installed into the payload bay on Saturday. Tunnel adapter installation is currently on hold pending engineering evaluation of a small dent found in a coolant tube in the payload bay. The right hand orbital maneuvering system pod has been delivered to the OPF and will be installed on the orbiter tomorrow.

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

Begin OMS pod installation (Tuesday)
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 continue to remove and replace auxiliary power unit (APU) No. 3. Over the weekend, the unit was disconnected and residual hypergolic reactants drained from the lines. The APU is scheduled to be replaced on Wednesday. Removal of the three Space Shuttle main engines is underway today and will be complete tomorrow. A functional check of the forward reaction control system is also in work in the OPF. Stacking of the solid rocket boosters for mission STS-84 has also begun in the VAB.

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

Remove and replace APU No. 3 (Wednesday/Thursday)
Remove forward reaction control system (Feb. 8)
Install left hand orbital maneuvering system pod (Feb. 26)
Mate external tank to solid rocket boosters (Feb. 27)

 

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