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February 19, 1997
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19970219
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
11:23 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 9/10

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

NOTE: The Hubble Space Telescope was released from the orbiter's payload bay at 1:41 a.m. EST today. Landing remains scheduled for about 1:48 a.m. EST on Friday. Deorbit burn is set for 12:38 a.m. Friday. The second landing opportunity for KSC on Friday occurs at 3:31 a.m. Two landing opportunities on Friday at Edwards Air Force Base, CA, occur at 3:22 a.m. and 5:04 a.m. EST.

Friday's weather at KSC is expected to be generally favorable with possible scattered clouds as low as 3,000 feet; winds 6 - 10 knots from the southwest and possible showers off shore at a distance not expected to violate landing criteria.

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.

NOTE on OPF Bay 2: Workers continue to clean-up Orbiter Processing Facility bay No. 2 following Monday's spill of monomethyl hydrazine (the liquid fuel used in the orbiter's reaction control system). Bay 2 remains closed today as crews wrap-up operations required to purge the bay of all remnants of the highly toxic substance. Managers expect to have clean-up operations complete in time to prepare the bay for Discovery's roll-in after a Friday morning landing.

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 main engine heat shields are being installed today. Mid-body and aft engine compartment close-outs are continuing. Orbital maneuvering system and reaction control system interface verification tests continue as well.

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

Landing gear functional checks (Feb. 22)
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: Leak and functional testing of the newly installed APU is in work this week. The orbital maneuvering system pod functional checks are complete to date and close-outs are in work. Stacking of the solid rocket boosters in the VAB continues.

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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