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May 16, 1997
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19970516
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
1:18 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
FLIGHT DAY 2/3

VEHICLE: Atlantis/OV-104
LOCATION: On orbit
OFFICIAL KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: May 15 at 4:07:48 a.m. EDT
DOCKING WITH MIR: May 16 at about 10:34 p.m.
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
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 160 nautical miles/51.6 degrees
NOTE: Postlaunch inspections at pad 39A revealed only minor damage and the mobile launch platform is scheduled to roll off the pad surface next week.

The solid rocket booster retrieval ships began recovery operations at about 6 a.m. yesterday and are expected to return to Hangar AF with boosters in tow today at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

The crew of STS-84 are: Commander Charles Precourt, Pilot Eileen Collins and Mission Specialists Jean-Francois Clervoy, Carlos Noriega, Edward Lu, Elena Kondakova, Michael Foale (up) and Jerry Linenger (down).

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 installation and securing were completed this week and forward reaction control system external close-outs are in work. Ammonia servicing preparations are underway. Columbia's nose landing gear is closed for tile work and heat shield installation will pickup tomorrow. Work to connect auxiliary power unit fuel lines is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday. Evaluations of Columbia's fuel cell performance monitors are in work.

The forward extension of the tunnel adapter is being installed today. During Spacelab health checks earlier this week, payload technicians identified a error message on a mass memory unit and work to remove and replace that MMU is complete. In the VAB, external tank/SRB mating operations were completed on Tuesday.

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 complete and securing is in work. The Manipulator Flight Demonstration payload was installed on Wednesday and the interface verification test is scheduled for Monday. Get Away Special payload installation is in work.

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

Horizontal payload interface verification test (May 20)
Heat shield installation (May 28)

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 was completed on Wednesday. The main propulsion system gaseous hydrogen blowdown is complete. Preparations are underway to roll Endeavour to the Vehicle Assembly Building next week to make room in the OPF for Atlantis, once it lands at KSC on Saturday.

 

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