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May 6, 1997
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19970506
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
1:34 PM EDT

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 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: Main propulsion system purge activities are complete. Preparations are in work for ordinance installation tonight and countdown preparations are also underway. Close-out activities continue in Atlantis' aft compartment. At the pad yesterday, a work stand contacted a battery cable that provides power to an accelerometer on the right SRB. A technician noted electrical arcing between the platform and the cable. The cable has been changed out and work to replace the battery is scheduled for today. The payload interface verification test continues through tonight.

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

Orbiter aft compartment close-outs complete (May 9)
Payload bay doors closed for flight (May 9)
Launch countdown begins (May 11)
STS-84 crew arrival (May 11)

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: Due to extended work on Columbia's body flap, Space Shuttle main engine installation is now slated for Friday and Saturday. Fuel cell voltage tests are complete. Installation of auxiliary power unit No. 3 is in work and preparations are under way for installation of auxiliary power unit No. 2. The forward reaction control system is slated for installation this weekend. In the VAB, preparations are underway for next week's planned external tank/solid rocket booster mating activities. Spacelab reservicing is wrapping up today and experiment testing will begin tomorrow.

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

Spacelab/orbiter interface verification test (May 7 and 8)
Space Shuttle main engine installation (May 9 and 10)
Forward reaction control system installation (May 10)

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: Cycling of Discovery's external tank doors is in progress today. Work continues on the orbiter's body flap and main engine installation begins early next week. Payload premate activities continue through tomorrow and midbody close-outs are in work.

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

Space Shuttle main engine installation (May 12 and 13)

MISSION: STS-88 -- ISS-01-2A
ENDEAVOUR (OV-105) NOTE: Endeavour is located in Orbiter Processing Facility bay 3. Validation of the orbiter's electrical system is complete for this week, but will pickup again next week. Orbiter coolant loop servicing continues. Removal of the right hand orbiter maneuvering system simulator is in work through Wednesday.

 

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