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February 24, 1997
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19970224
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
1:11 PM EST

KSC Public Affairs Contact: Bruce Buckingham (fax 407-867-2692)
E-mail: Bruce.Buckingham-1@kmail.ksc.nasa.gov

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: 160 nautical miles/28.45 degrees

NOTE: Installation of the main engine heat shields is compete and aft engine compartment close-outs continue. Final inspections and repairs to the body-flap cove are continuing this week. Fuel cell voltage checks also continue today. Final payload bay cleaning is expected to be finished today followed by closing of the payload bay doors as early as tonight.

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

Close payload bay doors for move to Vehicle Assembly Building (today)
Final landing gear functional check (Tuesday)
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: 160 nautical miles/51.6 degrees

NOTE: Closed-bay operations to remove and replace a faulty reaction control system thruster is complete and close-outs of the orbital maneuvering system is in work today. Installation of the left hand orbital maneuvering engine actuator is also in work today. Stacking of the solid rocket boosters in the Vehicle Assembly Building also 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 6-7)
Mate external tank to solid rocket boosters (March 10)

MISSION: STS-85 -- CRISTA-SPAS-2

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
LOCATION: OPF bay 2
TARGET LAUNCH DATE/TIME: July 17 at 10:04 a.m.
LAUNCH WINDOW: TBD
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: July 28 at about 6:52 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 10 days, 20 hours, 48 minutes
CREW: Brown, Ashby, Davis, Curbeam, Robinson, Tryggvason
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 160 nautical miles/57 degrees

NOTE: Over the weekend, workers secured Discovery in the OPF and completed the off-load of residual cryogenics in the onboard storage tanks. Access to the vehicle's aft engine compartment and mid-body are underway today. The payload bay doors will be opened later in the week and the payloads removed next Monday.

STS-85 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):

Open payload bay doors (Thursday)
Remove payloads (March 3)
* Complete off-load of residual hypergolic propellants (March 5)

 

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