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May 19, 1997
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19970519
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
1:08 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 5/6

VEHICLE: Atlantis/OV-104
LOCATION: On orbit
OFFICIAL KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: May 15 at 4:07:48 a.m. EDT
OFFICIAL MIR DOCKING TIME: May 16 at 10:33 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: 213 nautical miles/51.6 degrees
NOTE: The solid rocket booster recovery ships arrived at Hangar AF, with the STS-84 boosters in tow, on Friday at 1:30 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. Preliminary inspections reveal no abnormal nozzle erosion. The nozzles are scheduled for shipment to Utah on May 27.

The Space Shuttle Atlantis successfully docked with the Mir space station on Friday at 10:33 p.m. EDT.

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: Heat shield installation continues. Work to connect auxiliary power unit fuel lines begins today. Evaluations continue on the performance monitors for Columbia's fuel cells.

Over the weekend, technicians noted a frayed pyrotechnic cable in the orbiter's cargo bay. The pyrotechnic device would be used to jettison the Ku band antenna if it were unable to retract in flight. Because of its location, the cable must be repaired before the Spacelab transfer tunnel is installed. The transfer tunnel is now slated for installation on Friday rather than Tuesday. At this time managers do not expect the additional work to impact Columbia's target date to roll to the VAB.

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

Spacelab transfer tunnel installation complete (May 23)
Roll over to VAB for mate to tank and boosters (June 4)


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 securing continues. Main propulsion system engine testing is scheduled for tomorrow. Interface verification testing for the horizontal payloads begins today and continues tomorrow. Get Away Special payload installation is complete.

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

Horizontal payload interface verification test (today and tomorrow)
Heat shield installation (May 28)

MISSION: STS-88 -- ISS-01-2A
ENDEAVOUR (OV-105) NOTE: Endeavour is located in Orbiter Processing Facility bay 3. Preparations are underway to roll Endeavour to the Vehicle Assembly Building on Friday morning to make room in the OPF for Atlantis, once it lands at KSC on Saturday.

 

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