Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
May 2, 1997
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
12:47 PM EDT
KSC Public Affairs Contact: Joel Wells (fax 407-867-2692)
MISSION: STS-84 -- 6th MIR DOCKING & SPACEHAB DM
LOCATION: Pad 39A
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: May 15 at 4:08 a.m.
LAUNCH WINDOW: 7 minutes
TARGET DOCKING WITH MIR: May 16 at about 10:38 p.m.
TARGET UNDOCKING WITH MIR: May 21 at about 9:04 p.m.
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: The pad is open today for normal prelaunch activities following the loading of hypergolic propellants into the orbiter's reaction control system. The payload bay doors will be reopened today for tunnel mate and leak checks and to complete final payload bay close-outs. Also, late stow set-ups in the Spacehab will begin today. Next week, efforts will begin to close-out the aft engine compartment.
STS-84 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
Payload interface verification test (May 5)
Orbiter aft compartment close-outs complete (May 9)
Payload bay doors closed for flight (May 9)
Begin countdown (May 11)
MISSION: STS-94 -- Microgravity Science Laboratory-1
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 are complete. Work on the forward reaction control system continues in preparation for delivery to the OPF on Monday. Fuel cell voltage tests are also scheduled for Monday. Spacelab servicing activities and experiment testing will be in work over the next two weeks. Solid rocket booster stacking operations in the Vehicle Assembly Building are complete. Segment joint close-outs are in work.
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 8)
Landing gear functional checks (May 9)
MISSION: STS-85 -- CRISTA-SPAS-2
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 are complete. 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):
Install payload Getaway Special beam into payload bay (May 7)
Space Shuttle main engine installation (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 next week. Orbiter coolant loop servicing begins next week.
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