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February 18, 1997
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19970218
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
2:18 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
FLIGHT DAY 8/9

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 1:48 a.m. *
MISSION DURATION: 9 days, 21 hours, 53 minutes *
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 360 statute miles/28.45 degrees

* Change from previous status

NOTE: The crew of mission STS-82 have completed all of their space walks to service the Hubble Space Telescope. The newly equipped telescope will be released from the orbiter's payload bay at about 1:41 a.m. EST tomorrow. Landing is now scheduled for about 1:48 a.m. EST on Friday.

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 crew of mission STS-83 conducted their crew equipment and interface test (CEIT) over the weekend. They spent time inspecting the orbiter and the spacelab which is in the orbiter's payload bay. Leak checks and the interface verification test of the spacelab transfer tunnel are also complete.

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)

NOTE: Yesterday afternoon, during scheduled modifications to existing lines in OPF bay 2's hypergolic fuel system, monomethyl hydrazine (the liquid fuel used in the orbiter's reaction control system) unexpectedly spilled out onto two technicians doing the work. Other workers were also treated for possible inhalation. All treated for either exposure or possible inhalation were later released with no apparent serious injuries. OPF bay 2, OPF bay 1 and the OPF Annex were evacuated at the time of the spill. All but bay 2 was reopened about three hours after the incident. Bay 2 remains closed today as crews finish clean-up operations.

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: Securing of APU No. 3 and work to hook-up the fuel line is complete. A leak and functional test of the newly installed APU is in work this week. Also, the main landing gear's right inboard brakes are being removed and replaced today. The orbital maneuvering system pod functional checks are continuing today and scheduled to be complete tomorrow. Stacking of the solid rocket boosters in the VAB has resumed following repairs to the fine control mechanism (hydraset) on the crane.

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

Install forward reaction control system (March 6)
Begin installation of Space Shuttle main engines (March 6)
Mate external tank to solid rocket boosters (March 10 under review)

 

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