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May 21, 1997
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19970521
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
10:30 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 7/8

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 9:04 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 nozzles from the STS-84 solid rocket boosters are being removed today. Shipment of the nozzles to Utah is scheduled for May 27.

The Atlantis-Mir complex is in its fifth and final day of joint docking operations and the crews have successfully completed the transfer of all Mir resupply items. Atlantis will separate from the Russian space station at about 9:04 p.m. ending more than 120 hours of docked activities.

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: The heat shields have been installed on engines No. 2 and No. 3 and final heat shield installation is in work today. Work to connect auxiliary power unit fuel lines is complete. Cable and wiring work in the midbody is complete and close-outs are in work.

The Spacelab transfer tunnel will be installed on Friday and payload technicians continue to troubleshoot a remote acquisition unit on Spacelab. The payload bay doors are now scheduled for closure on May 31.

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

Spacelab transfer tunnel installation complete (May 23)
Payload bay door closure (May 31)
Roll over to VAB for mate to external 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. Shuttle main engine and main propulsion system integrated testing continues. 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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