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February 28, 1997
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19970228
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
KSC Public Affairs Contact: George Diller (fax 407-867-2692)
E-mail: George.Diller-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

IN WORK TODAY:

Final pressure checks of the orbiter tires
Aft main engine compartment closeouts
Preparations for orbiter installation onto transporter

WORK SCHEDULED:

Weight and center of gravity determination (Sunday)
Rollover to VAB transfer aisle for ET/SRB mate (Monday night)

WORK COMPLETED:

Crew compartment leak checks
Landing gear functional test
Test of orbiter flight controls and hydraulic systems
Final closure of payload bay doors for flight

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: Preparations are underway for the installation of the forward reaction control system next week. Payload bay access hatch functional tests are also scheduled.

In the Vehicle Assembly Building, closeouts of the twin solid rocket booster stacks are being completed.

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 have been opened in preparation for HST payload removal activities which are planned to occur on Monday. Offloading of residual hypergolic propellants from the orbital maneuvering system and reaction control system is scheduled for early Tuesday morning.

 

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