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March 4, 1997
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19970304
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
10:43 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: Columbia's move to the VAB has been rescheduled for tomorrow evening as a result of problems encountered during close-outs of the 17-inch disconnect area on the orbiter. During close-outs, inserts were found stripped when screws used to secure the umbilical flow liner were installed. Four of the six inserts have been replaced but access to the remaining two inserts is restricted. The orbiter must be powered-up to reposition the disconnect valve for access and a special tool is being fabricated to complete the work. Close-outs should be finished tonight and, tomorrow, the orbiter will be placed on the orbiter transporter for move to the VAB. First motion is estimated to occur at around 8 p.m. tomorrow. No impact to the overall scheduled is expected and roll out to Pad 39A remains set for next Monday morning.

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

Roll to Vehicle Assembly Building and mate with external tank (Wednesday)
Roll out to Pad A (first motion set for 7 a.m. 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 4:07 a.m
LAUNCH WINDOW: 7-10 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: May 24 at about 7:52 a.m.
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: Preparations continue for Space Shuttle main engine installation and forward reaction control system installation this week. The forward reaction control system will be transported to the OPF today for installation on the orbiter tomorrow. Orbital maneuvering system pod close-outs continue in work today.

STS-84 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):

Install forward reaction control system (Wednesday)
Install Space Shuttle main engines (Thursday-Friday)
Mate external tank to solid rocket boosters (March 24)
Roll over to the VAB (April 9)

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 payloads have been removed and deservicing of the hypergolic system will begin later today. This is a bay clear operation that is expected to continue through tomorrow.

STS-85 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):v
Complete off-load of residual hypergolic propellants (Wednesday)
Remove Space Shuttle main engines (March 28)

 

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