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May 12, 1997
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19970512
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
4:05 PM EDT
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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 minutes
TARGET DOCKING WITH MIR: May 16 at about 10:39 p.m.
TARGET UNDOCKING: May 21 at about 9:05 p.m.
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: May 24 at 7:53 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 9 days, 3 hours, 45 minutes
CREW: Precourt, Collins, Foale, Noriega, Lu, Clervoy, Kondakova
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 160 nautical miles/51.6 degrees
NOTE: The seven-member crew for mission STS-84 arrived at KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility Sunday night at about 10 p.m. Over the next few days prior to launch, the crew will check-out their flight plans and undergo routine medical examinations. The launch countdown began as scheduled on Sunday at 11 p.m. at the T-43 hour mark. No technical issues are being worked at this time, and Atlantis is on schedule for launch at about 4:08 a.m. EDT on Thursday. The exact time of launch will be announced about 90 minutes prior to launch based on the location of the Mir space station.

At the pad, aft engine compartment close-outs and final inspections were completed on Saturday. Cryogenic reactants will be loaded into the power reactant storage distribution system on board Atlantis beginning at about 7 p.m. tonight. Loading operations will be complete by 3 a.m. Tuesday.

Weather forecasters currently indicate only a 20 percent chance of weather violations on launch day. The only concern at this time is for low cloud ceilings. There is no concern for weather prohibiting tanking operations, scheduled to begin on Wednesday at about 6:15 p.m.

The temperature at the pad at the time of launch is expected to be about 69 degrees; relative humidity about 78 percent; clouds scattered at 5,000 and 25,000 feet; pad winds from the northwest at 7 knots; and no precipitation is forecasted.

The 24-hour and 48-hour delay forecasts indicate only a 20 percent chance of violation as well.

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

Begin loading cryogenic reactants into Atlantis' onboard storage tanks (7 p.m. tonight)
Move Rotating Service Structure to launch position (10 a.m. Wednesday)
Begin external tank cryogenic loading (6:15 p.m. Wednesday)
Crew walk-out (12:42 a.m. Thursday)

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: Main engine and forward reaction control system installation was completed on Saturday and engine securing is in work this week. Spacelab experiment health checks continue through Tuesday. In the VAB, preparations are underway for external tank/SRB mating operations this week.

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

Heat shield installation (May 17)
Spacelab transfer tunnel installation complete (May 20)

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: Main engine installation is in work today. Tomorrow preparations will begin for installation of the Manipulator Flight Demonstration (MFD) payload into Discovery's cargo bay. The Crista-Spas-2 payload will be installed in the payload bay once the orbiter is delivered to the pad.

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

Space Shuttle main engine installation (today and tomorrow)
MFD payload installation complete (May 14)

MISSION: STS-88 -- ISS-01-2A
ENDEAVOUR (OV-105) NOTE: Endeavour is located in Orbiter Processing Facility bay 3. Servicing of freon coolant loop No. 1 is in work and freon servicing is scheduled for Tuesday.

 

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