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April 18, 1997
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19970418
 
 
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, Shuttle managers decided to use three additional bolts and a fabricated clamp for added strength to securely fasten each of the two "pyro cans" and plate assemblies in Atlantis' aft compartment. In addition to the original two bolts, three new bolts will be placed into existent holes in each assembly plate.

Technicians reinstalled the "pyro cans" last night and the additional work on the assembly will be performed at the pad. Atlantis should roll over to the VAB at about 4 p.m. on Saturday and be hard mated to the external tank by late Sunday.

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

Roll over to the VAB (Saturday)
Orbiter mated to ET and SRBs (Sunday)
Spacehab payload to the pad (April 22)
Orbiter to the pad (April 25)
Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (April 28-29)

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

VEHICLE: Columbia/OV-102
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1
TARGET LAUNCH DATE/TIME: July 1 at 2:37 p.m. (under review)
LAUNCH WINDOW: 2 hours, 30 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: July 17
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: Fuel cell No. 1 leak checks will be completed today. Preparations continue for main engine removal today and tomorrow. Forward reaction control system removal is complete and it is being prepared for transfer to the Hypergol Maintenance Facility on Monday. Removal of the Spacelab tunnel is complete and Spacelab reservicing work begins today.

In the VAB, the booster segments originally intended for use on STS-85 are being stacked for use on STS-83R. Work to mate the left forward center segment to the left aft center segment is complete and the left forward segment mating is in work today.

MISSION: STS-85 -- CRISTA-SPAS-2

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2
TARGET LAUNCH DATE/TIME: August 7 (under review)
LAUNCH WINDOW: 1 hour, 54 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: August 19
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. Replacement of mission events controller No. 2 is complete. The FRCS is in the VAB scheduled for installation on Monday. Payload premate activities will continue through next week.

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 24 (under review)
LAUNCH WINDOW: 7-10 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: October 2
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 the orbiter in the VAB and will remain in place until its transfer to OPF bay 3. Transfer is scheduled for Monday. 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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