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February 27, 1997
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19970227
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
11:10 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: Preparations continue to roll Columbia to the VAB early next week. Final close-outs of the body-flap cove area are complete and the aft engine compartment doors will be installed on Sunday. Integrated hydraulic checks of the aerosurfaces and other orbiter systems will be completed tonight. On Monday, the orbiter will be weighed and the center of gravity checks made. Early Tuesday, the vehicle will be mated to the orbiter transporter. First motion is expected to occur Tuesday afternoon.

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: The European Proximity Sensor (EPS) payload has been installed and the interface verification test is now in work. A functional check of the airlock hatches is also underway. Preparations continue for Space Shuttle main engine installation and forward reaction control system installation next week. Stacking of the solid rocket boosters in the Vehicle Assembly Building is complete and joint close-outs are underway.

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.
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 are being opened today as preparations continue to remove the payloads on Monday. Flight crew systems destow and flight recorder down-loads are complete. Complete access to the aft engine compartment will be finished today. Inspections of the vehicle's reaction control system thrusters has begun.

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

Remove payloads (March 3)
Complete off-load of residual hypergolic propellants (March 5)
Remove Space Shuttle main engines (March 28)

 

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