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March 10, 1998
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19970310
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
11:43 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: Vehicle Assembly Building
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 roll out to Pad 39A was delayed 24-hours due to a liquid oxygen T-0 umbilical carrier plate alignment problem encountered during operations to mate Columbia with the external tank Friday/Saturday. Also, the liquid hydrogen tail service mast required minor repairs. Because of these issues, the Shuttle interface verification test was delayed from Saturday to Sunday, delaying roll out one day. First motion from the VAB to the pad is now set for 7 a.m. Tuesday. The overall schedule will not be affected. Following the 6 hour trip and after the vehicle is hard-down on the pad, the Rotating Service Structure (RSS) will remain open as umbilical connections and pad validations are completed. The hot fire of auxiliary power unit No. 2 is set for Tuesday night. Following the hot fire, the RSS will be moved into position around the vehicle Wednesday morning. The Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test also remains on schedule for Thursday and Friday with the crew of mission STS-83 due to arrive at KSC Tuesday evening.

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

Roll out to Pad 39A (first motion set for 7 a.m. March 11)
Hot fire auxiliary power unit No. 2 (March 11)
Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (TCDT) (March 13-14)
Remove and replace SRB nozzle plugs (March 15)
Flight Readiness Review (March 20)

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: Installation of the Space Shuttle main engines is complete and electrical connections are being verified today. The forward reaction control system functional checks are also complete. Servicing of the ammonia system on the orbiter and close-outs of the water spray boilers will continue today.

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

Orbiter Docking System functional check (March 13-14)
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: Check-outs of the orbital maneuvering system and reaction control system are underway today while preparations for removal of the Space Shuttle main engines begin later this week.

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

Fuel cell voltage tests (March 14)
Remove Space Shuttle main engines (March 28)

 

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