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April 3, 1997
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19970403
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
12:08 PM EST

LAUNCH-1 DAY

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
LAUNCH DATE/TIME: April 4 at 2:00 p.m. EST
LAUNCH WINDOW: 2 hours, 30 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: April 20 at about 7:36 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 countdown resumed at 2 a.m. today at the T-19 hour mark following the 24-hour postponement of launch due to the requirement to add additional insulation to water coolant lines in the payload bay. Launch is set for 2 p.m. EST Friday, April 4, at the opening of a 2 1/2 hour window.

Yesterday, the payload bay doors were opened and platforms installed for workers to reach the forward bulkhead in the payload bay where the water lines are located. Installation of the insulation was completed by late morning and the doors closed for flight by mid-afternoon. The 12-hour operation to load the cryogenics into Columbia's storage tanks began at 4 p.m. yesterday and was completed by 4 a.m. today.

Following cryogenic loading, the orbiter's mid-body umbilical unit was demated and retracted into the Fixed Service Structure. Final vehicle and facility close-outs are now underway.

The Rotating Service Structure will be moved into launch position at about 8 p.m. today and loading of the external tank with about 500,000 gallons of liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen will begin at about 5:10 a.m. tomorrow.

Today, the seven-member astronaut crew will be briefed on tomorrow's weather outlook at KSC and at the Transoceanic Abort Landings sites in Spain and Africa.

Air Force weather forecasters are currently indicating only a 10 percent probability of weather prohibiting launch of Columbia on April 4. The only concern is for a slight chance of rain showers generated by sea breezes.

During Friday's launch window, the winds at Pad 39A are expected to be from the east-southeast at 7-12 knots; temperature 77 degrees F; visibility 7 miles; humidity 52 percent; and clouds scattered at 3,500 feet. The 24-hour-delay forecast reveals similar conditions and a 30 percent chance of violation. Please refer to KSC Release No. 47-97 for more information on Shuttle weather launch commit criteria.

SUMMARY OF BUILT-IN HOLDS FOR STS-83

T-TIME LENGTH OF HOLD HOLD BEGINS HOLD ENDS
T-19 32 hours 6 p.m. Tues. 2 a.m. Thurs.
T-11 13 hours, 40 min. 10 a.m. Thurs. 11:40 p.m. Thurs.
T-6 1 hour 4:40 a.m. Fri. 5:40 a.m. Fri.
T-3 2 hours 8:40 a.m. Fri. 10:40 a.m. Fri.
T-20 minutes 10 minutes 1:20 p.m. Fri. 1:30 p.m. Fri.
T-9 minutes 10 minutes 1:41 p.m. Fri. 1:51 p.m. Fri.

CREW FOR MISSION STS-83

Commander (CDR): Jim Halsell (Red Team)
Pilot (PLT): Susan Still (Red Team)
Mission Specialist (MS1): Janice Voss (Blue Team)
Mission Specialist (MS2): Michael Gernhardt (Blue Team)
Mission Specialist (MS3): Donald Thomas (Red Team)
Mission Specialist (PS1): Roger Crouch (Blue Team)
Mission Specialist (PS2): Greg Linteris (Red Team)

SUMMARY OF STS-83 LAUNCH DAY CREW ACTIVITIES

Friday, April 4

1:30 a.m. Wake up (Red Team )
3:30 a.m. Breakfast (Red Team)
8:30 a.m. Lunch (Red Team)
9:05 a.m. Wake up (Blue Team)
9:35 a.m. Breakfast (Blue Team)
9:40 a.m. Crew Photo (All) *
10:05 a.m. Weather briefing (CDR, PLT, MS2)
10:05 a.m. Don launch and entry suits (MS1, MS3, PS1, PS2)
10:15 a.m. Don launch and entry suits (CDR, PLT, MS2)
10:30 a.m. Crew suiting photo *
10:40 a.m. Depart for launch pad 39A *
11:15 a.m. Arrive at white room and begin ingress *
12:30 p.m. Close crew hatch *
2:00 p.m. Launch *

*Televised events (times may vary slightly)

All times Eastern

 

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