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February 12, 1997
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19970212
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
KSC Public Affairs Contact: George Diller (fax 407-867-2692)

MISSION: STS-82 -- HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE SERVICING MISSION-2

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
LOCATION: Orbit
OFFICIAL LAUNCH DATE/TIME: February 11 at 3:55:17 a.m.
LAUNCH WINDOW: 65 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: February 21 at 1:30 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 9 days, 21 hours, 34 minutes
CREW: Bowersox, Horowitz, Lee, Hawley, Harbaugh, Smith, Tanner
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 360 statute miles/28.45 degrees

NOTE: The solid rocket booster retrieval ship Freedom, towing Discovery's right booster, arrived at the Hangar AF Booster Disassembly Facility on Cape Canaveral Air Station at 10:15 a.m. this morning. Liberty, towing the left booster, arrived at 11:30 a.m.

The No. 3 parachute from the left booster sank during retrieval operations and could not be recovered.

At launch pad 39-A, no unusual damage to the mobile launcher platform or the pad facilities has been noted. Preparations are beginning to transport the mobile launcher platform to the Vehicle Assembly Building next Tuesday.

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

IN WORK TODAY:

Spacelab tunnel installation
Closeouts of MSL Spacelab module
Right orbital maneuvering system pod interface verification test
Connection of orbital maneuvering system crossfeed lines
Testing of main propulsion system

WORK SCHEDULED:

Installation of left orbital maneuvering system pod (Thursday)
Begin midbody closeouts (Thursday)
External tank door functional test (Friday)
Crew Equipment Interface Test (Saturday)

WORK COMPLETED:

Closeouts of Ku-band antenna and high data rate communications system

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

VEHICLE: Atlantis/OV-104
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 3
TARGET 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: Installation of the auxiliary power units has been completed. Installation of the brakes, wheels and tires is underway today. Also in work is a leak and functional test of the main propulsion system. Maintenance of the thermal protection system and waterproofing of the tiles continues. A test of the radar altimeter is scheduled for Thursday. Maintenance of the payload bay floodlight system will begin on Friday. Following post mission functional checks, preparations will begin for removal of the orbital maneuvering system pods for normal maintenance.

In the Vehicle Assembly Building, stacking of the left solid rocket booster continues.

 

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