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March 18, 1997
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19970318
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
KSC Public Affairs Contact: George Diller (fax 407-867-2692)

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

IN WORK TODAY:

Helium Signature Test
Main engine heat shield closeouts
Re-installation of booster nozzle plugs
Connection of orbiter mid-body umbilical unit
Potable water sampling

WORK SCHEDULED:

Loading of orbiter storable hypergolic propellants (Sat. - Sun.)
Load orbiter mass memory units (Monday)
Begin aft main engine compartment closeouts (Monday)

WORK COMPLETED:

Changeout of low pressure fuel turbopump

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: The Microwave Scanning Beam Landing System (MSBLS) is being tested today. The orbiter docking system is being leak checked. Crew access hatch functional tests are being performed. Main engine heat shield installation is underway. The Crew Equipment Interface Test (CEIT), a mission specific familiarization and inspection of orbiter and payload systems by the astronauts, is scheduled for Saturday.

In the Vehicle Assembly Building, closeouts of the solid rocket booster stack continue.

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: Configuration of the payload bay for the CRISTA-SPAS payload is underway. The orbiter's altimeter is being tested today. Fuel cell functional tests are scheduled for tomorrow. Checkout of the orbital maneuvering system is complete.

 

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