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May 22, 1997
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19970522
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
11:17 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 8/9

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 9:04 p.m.
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: May 24 at 7:52 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 9 days, 3 hours, 44 minutes
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 213 nautical miles/51.6 degrees
NOTE: Yesterday at Hangar AF, both nozzles from the STS-84 solid rocket boosters were removed and the right hand nozzle and nozzle-to-case joint evaluations are complete. Evaluations of the left hand nozzle are in work today. Shipment of the nozzles to Utah is scheduled for May 27.

Five days of joint operations between Atlantis and Mir concluded last night when the Shuttle undocked from the Russian space station at 9:04 p.m. EDT. About 7,000 pounds of supplies, experiments and water were transferred between the two vehicles. Atlantis drifted away leaving astronaut Mike Foale as Jerry Linenger's replacement aboard Mir. Forecasters expect acceptable weather conditions at KSC to support a target landing time of 7:52 a.m. on Saturday. A second landing opportunity at KSC occurs at 9:28 a.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 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: Auxiliary power unit installation and leak/functional tests are complete. Landing gear functional tests are also complete. Heat shield installation and close-outs in Columbia's midbody continue. Ammonia servicing is scheduled for today.

The Spacelab transfer tunnel is slated for installation on Friday. 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: Shuttle main engine and main propulsion system integrated testing continues. Testing of Discovery's microwave scanning beam landing system is complete. Interface verification testing for the horizontal payloads is complete.

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 at about 9 a.m. to make room in the OPF for Atlantis, once it lands at KSC on Saturday.

Mission managers are meeting today to review the possibility of flying Endeavour on a mission prior to STS-88, which is now targeted for launch in July of 1998.

 

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