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March 12, 1997
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19970312
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
12:53 PM 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: Pad 39A
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 Space Shuttle Columbia arrived at the pad yesterday afternoon and was hard-down at about 12:39 p.m. Hard-down had to be re-executed when it was discovered that a firex line under the mobile launcher platform (MLP) was misaligned. The MLP was raised again and final hard-down came at 2:47 p.m. Overnight, auxiliary power unit No. 2 was successfully hot fired followed by rotation of the Rotating Service Structure around the vehicle this morning.

Preparations are now underway for the STS-83 Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test set to take place at KSC on Thursday and Friday. Six of the seven crew members arrived at KSC at 5 p.m. yesterday. (image) The remaining member, Don Thomas, will arrive today.

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

Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (TCDT) (March 13-14)
Remove and replace SRB nozzle plugs (March 15)
Flight Readiness Review (March 20)
Ordnance installation (March 26)

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: Space Shuttle main engine securing and ammonia system servicing continues in work today. The Orbiter Docking System is being configured for its functional check tomorrow.

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

Orbiter Docking System functional check (March 13-14)
Crew equipment and interface test (March 22)
Mate external tank to solid rocket boosters (March 24)
Close payload bay doors for roll to VAB (March 31)
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 continue. Preparations for Space Shuttle main engine removal also are underway. A test of the orbiter's navigational system is scheduled for today and tomorrow.

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

Tactical Air Command and Navigation System (TACAN) test (March 13)
Fuel cell voltage tests (March 14)
Remove Space Shuttle main engines (March 28)

 

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