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April 28, 1997
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19970428
 
 
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: Pad 39A
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 STS-84 crew arrived at KSC on Sunday to participate in the terminal countdown demonstration test. TCDT is scheduled to end at 11 a.m. Tuesday with the crew in the orbiter at the pad and with a simulated main engine cutoff. Atlantis' engine flight readiness test was completed this weekend and the "pyro can" assembly plates were successfully fit checked with additional fabricated clamps on Saturday. Installation of the fabricated parts into the orbiter's aft compartment could occur as early as Tuesday. Helium signature tests are also in work today.

Installation of the Spacehab payload into Atlantis' cargo bay is underway.

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

Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (April 28-29)
Flight Readiness Review (April 30)

MISSION: STS-94 -- 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.
LAUNCH WINDOW: 2 hours, 30 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: July 17 at 7:23 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 15 days, 16 hours, 46 minutes
CREW: Halsell, Still, Voss, Thomas, Gernhardt, Linteris, Crouch
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 160 nautical miles/28.45 degrees

NOTE: On Friday, Shuttle managers officially announced that Columbia would refly the shortened STS-83 mission in early July. The reflight mission will now be called STS-94. Replacement of two thrusters on Columbia's forward reaction control system (FRCS) is complete. Electrical hook-up work continues on the FRCS in the Hypergol Maintenance Facility. The FRCS should return to the OPF in early May to be reinstalled on the orbiter. Postflight work on Columbia's auxiliary power units continues through Tuesday. Spacelab reservicing activities also continue.

STS-94 booster stacking operations continue with the right forward segment arriving in the Vehicle Assembly Building today. The right forward center segment was successfully mated over the weekend and joint close-outs are in work today.

STS-94 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):

Forward reaction control system installation (May 6)
Space Shuttle main engine installation (May 7)

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

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2
TARGET LAUNCH DATE/TIME: August 7 at 10:39 a.m.
LAUNCH WINDOW: 1 hour, 41 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: August 19 at 7:27 a.m.
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: Discovery's forward reaction control system will undergo interface verification tests tomorrow. Payload premate activities continue through next week.

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

Space Shuttle main engine installed (May 5)

ENDEAVOUR (OV-105) NOTE: Last week, Shuttle managers decided to fly the Space Shuttle Atlantis on mission STS-86 instead of Endeavour in order to preserve a September launch date. Endeavour is located in Orbiter Processing Facility bay 3. Work to deservice the orbiter's freon coolant loop will continue through today. Removal of the FRCS simulator and left hand orbiter maneuvering system simulator continues through Wednesday.
 

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