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April 16, 1997
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19970416
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
KSC Public Affairs Contact: Joel Wells (fax 407-867-2692)
E-mail: J.Wells-1@ksc.nasa.gov

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 25 at about 8:27 a.m. (under review)
MISSION DURATION: 10 days, 4 hours, 20 minutes (under review)
CREW: Precourt, Collins, Foale, Noriega, Lu, Clervoy, Kondakova
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 160 nautical miles/51.6 degrees

NOTE: Yesterday afternoon, Shuttle managers decided to conduct inspections of "pyro can" fixtures in Atlantis' aft compartment. The "pyro cans" cover pyrotechnic devices that separate the external tank from the orbiter at its two aft attachment points. Inspections of both Space Shuttle Discovery and Columbia have revealed deformation in the bolt holes of the plate assemblies that the "pyro cans" are affixed to. The planned inspection will reveal if the same deformation exists on Atlantis, and if any additional work is necessary.

Launch managers do not forecast a change in the launch date at this time. Pending resolution of the bolt hole issue, managers hope to roll Atlantis to the VAB this weekend to begin ET mating operations.

In the VAB, external tank and SRB postmating close-outs are in work and preparations continue for orbiter/ET mating.

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

Roll over to the VAB (Saturday)
Orbiter mated to ET and SRBs (weekend)
Spacehab payload to the pad (April 22)
Orbiter to the pad (April 25)

MISSION: STS-83R -- Microgravity Science Laboratory-1

VEHICLE: Columbia/OV-102
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: Installation of fuel cell No. 1 is complete and leak checks are in work. Preparations continue 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 and transported to the Hypergol Maintenance Facility for thruster replacement work.

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. (under review)
LAUNCH WINDOW: 1 hour, 54 minutes
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: Preparations continue for forward reaction control system installation on Monday. Water spray boiler checkouts continue. The payload bay radiator inspections are complete and payload premate activities 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

VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105
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) v ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 170 nautical miles/51.6 degrees

NOTE: Purge lines have been hooked up to the orbiter in the VAB and will remain in place until its transfer to OPF bay 3, scheduled to occur after Atlantis moves to the VAB. No work is scheduled for Endeavour while in the VAB. The "pyro can" bolts and plate will be inspected in Endeavour's aft compartment once it arrives in the OPF.
 

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