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February 26, 1997
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19970226
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
10:39 AM 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 2:01 p.m. EST
LAUNCH WINDOW: 2 hours, 30 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: April 19 at about 7:37 a.m. EDT
MISSION DURATION: 15 days, 16 hours, 36 minutes
CREW: Halsell, Still, Voss, Thomas, Gernhardt, Linteris, Crouch
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 160 nautical miles/28.45 degrees

NOTE: The strong backs have been removed from the payload bay doors as preparations continue to roll Columbia to the VAB early next week. Final repairs to minor corrosion in the body-flap cove area are complete and close-outs are expected to be finished later today. Integrated hydraulic checks of the aerosurfaces and other orbiter systems will begin tonight. Aft engine compartment close-outs are also scheduled to be finished this weekend.

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

Weight and center of gravity checks (Monday)
Roll to Vehicle Assembly Building and mate with external tank (March 4)
Roll out to Pad A (March 10)
Hot fire auxiliary power unit No. 2 (March 10)
Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (TCDT) (March 13-14)

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 3:49 a.m.
LAUNCH WINDOW: 7-10 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: May 24 at about 8:12 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 9 days, 4 hours, 23 minutes
CREW: Precourt, Collins, Foale, Noriega, Lu, Clervoy, Kondakova
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 160 nautical miles/51.6 degrees

NOTE: Decay checks on the power reactant and storage distribution system and close-outs of the orbital maneuvering system continue today. The European Proximity Sensor (EPS) payload has been installed and the interface verification test is scheduled to take place tomorrow. Stacking of the solid rocket boosters in the Vehicle Assembly Building also continues. Mate of the external tank to the solid rocket boosters is now scheduled for March 24.

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 24)

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

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2
TARGET LAUNCH DATE/TIME: July 17 at 10:06 a.m.
LAUNCH WINDOW: 1 hour, 54 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: July 28 at about 6:54 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: The payload bay doors will be opened tomorrow and the payloads removed next Monday. Flight crew systems destow and flight recorder down-loads are in work today. Final post-flight analysis indicates Discovery had a total of 103 impacts to its thermal protection system tiles during mission STS-82. Of those hits, only 18 were greater than one inch diameter, less than the average from previous missions.

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)
Remove Space Shuttle main engines (March 28)

 

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