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February 5, 1997
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19970205
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
1:50 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
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: Cryogenic servicing of the Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS) and the payload end-to-end test are complete. The payload bay doors will be closed for flight Friday night. Aft engine compartment close-outs continue in work this week with the aft doors scheduled to be installed on Saturday. Under engineering evaluation is an issue regarding installed lock-wires on some Space Shuttle main engine bolts and joints. A decision is expected by tomorrow morning determining if the engines are properly configured for flight or if additional checks are required. At this time, 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):

Ordnance installation and pressurization of hypergolic system (Thursday)
Crew arrival (8:30 a.m. Friday)
Countdown begins (4 a.m. Saturday)
Close payload bay doors (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 about 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: The interface verification test for the Microgravity Science Laboratory is in work today and the tunnel adapter is scheduled for installation later this evening. The right hand orbital maneuvering system pod has been rescheduled for installation on Friday.

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

Orbital maneuvering system pod installation (Friday)
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: Functional checks of the forward reaction control system (FRCS) continue today. Removal of the FRCS is scheduled for Saturday. Auxiliary power unit No. 3 is scheduled to be removed and replaced on Monday. Stacking of the solid rocket boosters for mission STS-84 continues in the VAB.

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

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

 

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