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May 20, 1997
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19970520
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
10:41 AM 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 6/7

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: At Hangar AF, the STS-84 solid rocket boosters are undergoing disassembly work and the nozzles are scheduled for removal tomorrow. Shipment of the nozzles to Utah is scheduled for May 27. Preliminary inspections revealed no abnormal nozzle erosion.

Having completed four of the planned five days docked to the Mir space station, the ten crew members have already successfully transferred more than 87 percent of the Mir resupply items. Atlantis' undocking from Mir is scheduled to occur at 9:05 p.m. Wednesday.

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 KSC 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, Gernhardt, Thomas, Crouch and Linteris
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 160 nautical miles/28.45 degrees
NOTE: Heat shield installation continues. Work to connect auxiliary power unit fuel lines continues through tomorrow morning.

Over the weekend, technicians noted a frayed pyrotechnic cable in the orbiter's cargo bay. Work continues in the orbiter's midbody to repair a frayed pyrotechnic cable. The Spacelab transfer tunnel will be installed on Friday. Payload technicians are troubleshooting a remote acquisition unit on Spacelab today.

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

Spacelab transfer tunnel installation complete (May 23)
Payload bay door closure (June 1)
Roll over to VAB for mate to tank and boosters (June 4)

MISSION: STS-85 -- CRISTA-SPAS-2

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2
TARGET KSC 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 in work. Interface verification testing for the horizontal payloads continues.

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

Heat shield installation complete (May 29)
Integrated hydraulic/flight control operations (May 30)

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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