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May 1, 1997
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19970501
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
2:19 PM EDT

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 4:08 a.m.
LAUNCH WINDOW: 7-10 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: May 24 at 7:49 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 9 days, 3 hours, 41 minutes
CREW: Precourt, Collins, Foale, Noriega, Lu, Clervoy, Kondakova
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 160 nautical miles/51.6 degrees
NOTE: Following yesterday's Flight Readiness Review, Shuttle managers announced May 15 as the official launch date of Atlantis on mission STS-84. Today, Pad 39A remains closed to all but necessary personnel in support of hypergolic propellant loading activities. Oxidizer loading is complete and fuel loading will continue through tonight. The pad will reopen on Friday morning for normal work.

Preparations are in work to mate the transfer tunnel to the crew compartment and the Spacehab module. The payload bay doors will be opened tomorrow. Tunnel leak checks are slated for tomorrow and cabin leak checks will occur over the weekend. Solid rocket booster close-outs are in work.

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

Prelaunch propellant load complete (tonight)
Tunnel leak checks (May 2)
Payload interface verification test (May 5)
Orbiter aft compartment close-outs complete (May 9)
Payload bay doors closed for flight (May 9)

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: Orbiter maneuvering system pod functional checks and main propulsion system leak and functional checks are in work through Friday. Work on the forward reaction control system continues in preparation for delivery to the OPF on Monday. Spacelab reservicing activities continue and experiment testing will be in work over the next two weeks.

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

Forward reaction control system installation (May 6)
Space Shuttle main engine installation (May 7)
Spacelab/orbiter interface verification test (May 7 and 8)

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 18 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: Forward reaction control system interface verification tests continue through tomorrow. Inspections and close-outs in Discovery's midbody continue. Next week technicians will cycle Discovery's external tank doors to check out the power drive units. Payload premate activities are in work through next week.

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

Space Shuttle main engine installed (May 12 and 13)

MISSION: STS-88 -- FIRST ISS ASSEMBLY FLIGHT
ENDEAVOUR (OV-105) NOTE: Endeavour is located in Orbiter Processing Facility bay 3. Removal of orbiter maneuvering system pod simulators is in work through Friday. Windows No. 1 and No. 6 are slated for removal and replacement.

 

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