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April 21, 1997
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19970421
 
 
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: Vehicle Assembly Building
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: May 15 at about 4:08 a.m.
LAUNCH WINDOW: 7-10 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: May 25 at about 8:32 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 10 days, 4 hours, 24 minutes
CREW: Precourt, Collins, Foale, Noriega, Lu, Clervoy, Kondakova
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 160 nautical miles/51.6 degrees

NOTE: The Space Shuttle Atlantis rolled over to the VAB on Saturday, April 19, at about 5:30 p.m. and was hard mated to the external tank Sunday afternoon. Mating close-outs are in work. Design and fabrication of the clamps that will help securely fasten the "pyro can" and base plate assemblies is in work.

The Russian manufactured oxygen generator , which Atlantis will carry to the Mir space station, was installed in the Spacehab module over the weekend. The payload canister, housing Spacehab, will be transported to Pad 39A tonight and transferred to the pad's payload change-out room early tomorrow. Atlantis is scheduled to be rolled out to Pad 39A on Friday.

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

Spacehab payload to the pad (April 22)
Orbiter to Pad 39A (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: Work to remove Columbia's main engines was completed on Saturday. The forward reaction control system is slated for transfer to the Hypergol Maintenance Facility today where two of its thrusters will be replaced.

In the VAB, booster stacking operations continue with the left forward mating operations complete and left booster joint close-outs in work.

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: Over the weekend, technicians conducted inspections of the forward reaction control system (FRCS) thruster seals with good results. FRCS installation on Discovery is now slated for Wednesday. Payload premate activities continue through this week.

STS-85 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):

FRCS installed (April 23)

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: With Atlantis' roll over to the VAB complete, OPF bay 3 now awaits the arrival of Endeavour. Transfer activities are scheduled to begin at about 2 p.m. today. The "pyro can" bolt holes and assembly plates will be inspected in Endeavour's aft compartment once it arrives in the OPF.
 

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