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February 13, 1997
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19970213
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
11:05 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
FLIGHT DAY 3/4

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
LOCATION: Orbit
OFFICIAL LAUNCH DATE/TIME: February 11 at 3:55:17 a.m.
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: February 21 at about 1:51 a.m. *
MISSION DURATION: 9 days, 21 hours, 56 minutes
CREW: Bowersox, Horowitz, Lee, Hawley, Harbaugh, Smith, Tanner
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 360 statute miles/28.45 degrees

* Change from earlier status

NOTE: The solid rocket boosters are out of the water at Hangar AF and open assessments are currently in work. Very early initial inspections indicate no evidence of pocketing or erosion in the booster's nozzles. The nozzles will be shipped to Thiokol in Utah on Saturday for thorough inspections and post-launch assessments.

The crew of mission STS-82 retrieved the Hubble Space Telescope early this morning. Tonight, they will perform their first of four space walks to service the telescope.

The mission STS-82 crew are: Commander Ken Bowersox; Pilot Scott Horowitz; Mission Specialists Joe Tanner, Steve Hawley, Greg Harbaugh, Mark Lee and Steve Smith.

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 spacelab transfer tunnel was installed overnight and leak checks are in work today. The right hand orbital maneuvering system pod has also been installed and cross-feed connections are complete. The crew of mission STS-83 is scheduled to arrive this weekend for the crew equipment and interface test.

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

Crew equipment and interface test (CEIT) (Saturday)
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
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: Functional checks of the orbital maneuvering system are in work today. Removal of the left hand pod is under review due to concerns with the engine actuator controller. Removal of the FRCS was completed last weekend. Auxiliary power unit No. 3 has been replaced and securing of the new APU is in work today. Stacking of the solid rocket boosters for mission STS-84 will continue tonight in the VAB.

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

Mate external tank to solid rocket boosters (Feb. 27)
Install forward reaction control system (March 6)
Begin installation of Space Shuttle main engines (March 6)

 

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