Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
April 15, 1997
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
KSC Public Affairs Contact: Joel Wells (fax 407-867-2692)
MISSION: STS-84 -- 6th MIR DOCKING & SPACEHAB DM
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 (under review)
CREW: Precourt, Collins, Foale, Noriega, Lu, Clervoy, Kondakova
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 160 nautical miles/51.6 degrees
NOTE: Managers delayed yesterday's planned roll over activities to complete work on the nose landing gear strut. While the orbiter was being lowered, during weight and center of gravity checks, the strut retracted and demonstrated lower than normal pressure. The strut was repressurized and leak checks are complete and good.
Shuttle managers are also discussing the possibility of conducting inspections of "pyro can" bolts in Atlantis' aft compartment. The bolts, which hold an exterior covering for the pyrotechnic device that separates the orbiter from the external tank, had shown signs of slight elongation after a previous flight of the Space Shuttle Discovery (OV-103). A determination to conduct the inspection could delay Atlantis' roll over to the VAB by two days.
In the VAB, external tank and SRB postmating close-outs are in work and preparations continue for orbiter/ET mating this week.
STS-84 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
Roll over to the VAB (tomorrow - pending resolution of bolt issue)
Orbiter mated to ET and SRBs (April 15)
Spacehab payload to the pad (April 18)
Orbiter to the pad (April 21)
MISSION: STS-83R -- Microgravity Science Laboratory-1
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1
TARGET LAUNCH DATE/TIME: July 1 (under review)
LAUNCH WINDOW: 2 hours, 30 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: July 16 (under review)
MISSION DURATION: 15 days, 17 hours
CREW: Halsell, Still, Voss, Thomas, Gernhardt, Linteris, Crouch
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 160 nautical miles/28.45 degrees
NOTE: Removal and replacement of fuel cell No. 1 continues today. Inspections of Columbia's main propulsion system continue and preparations are in work for main engine removal on Friday and Saturday. Functional checkout of the forward reaction control system is in work. The FRCS will be removed on Friday for thruster replacement work scheduled in the Hypergol Maintenance Facility.
MISSION: STS-85 -- CRISTA-SPAS-2
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2
TARGET LAUNCH DATE/TIME: July 17 at 10:06 a.m. (under review)
LAUNCH WINDOW: 1 hour, 54 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: July 28 at about 6:54 a.m. (under review)
MISSION DURATION: 10 days, 20 hours, 48 minutes
CREW: Brown, Rominger, Davis, Curbeam, Robinson, Tryggvason
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 160 nautical miles/57 degrees
NOTE: The forward reaction control system was delivered to the OPF last week and is scheduled for installation next Monday. Water spray boiler checkouts continue. The payload bay doors are open and radiator inspections are in work today. STS-85 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
FRCS installed (April 21)
MISSION: STS-86 -- 7th MIR DOCKING and LOGISTICS MODULE
LOCATION: VAB bay 2
TARGET LAUNCH DATE/TIME: September 18 (under review)
LAUNCH WINDOW: 7-10 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: September 27 (under review)
MISSION DURATION: 9 days, 4 hours
CREW: Wetherbee, Bloomfield, Parazynski, Titov, Chretien, Lawrence (up), Foale (down)
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 170 nautical miles/51.6 degrees
NOTE: Purge lines have been hooked up to Endeavour in the VAB and will remain in place until its transfer to OPF bay 3 on April 17. No work is scheduled for Endeavour while in the VAB.
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