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May 27, 1997
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19970527
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
11:58 AM EDT

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: Mid-body close-outs continue on Columbia as work proceeds to install the spacelab transfer tunnel on Thursday. Work to remove and replace the cracked fuse holders on the orbiter's power distribution assembly is complete and retests were good. Roll to the VAB is currently targeted for late in the evening of June 4.

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

Spacelab transfer tunnel installation complete (May 29)
Payload bay door closure (May 31)
Roll over to VAB for mate to external tank (no earlier than 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: Fuel cell monitor checks and orbiter external tank door tests are in work today. A joint seal on Space Shuttle main engine No. 3 must be replaced. The engine will be backed-out of the engine compartment on Thursday for this additional work. Mid-body close-outs remain on schedule. Solid rocket booster stacking operations continue in the Vehicle Assembly Building.

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

Crew equipment and interface test (June 13)

MISSION: STS-86 -- 7th MIR DOCKING & SPACEHAB DM

VEHICLE: Atlantis/OV-104
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 3
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: September 18 at about 1:39 a.m.
LAUNCH WINDOW: 10 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: September 28 at 5:19 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 10 days, 3 hours, 49 minutes
CREW: Wetherbee, Bloomfield, Parazynski, Titov, Chretien, Lawrence (up), Foale (down)
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 160 nautical miles/51.6 degrees
NOTE: Atlantis was towed to OPF bay No. 3 Saturday afternoon and the vehicle was positioned in the OPF at about 5:45 p.m. Post-flight assessments began over the weekend and will continue today. Access to the orbiter is also in work. The payload bay doors are scheduled to be opened on Wednesday and the Spacehab removed on Friday.

Initial reports indicate the vehicle is in good shape following its nine day mission. The thermal protection system sustained less than the usual number of impacts from launch and landing operations.

STS-86 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):

Open payload bay doors (May 28)
Remove Spacehab (May 30)
Remove main engines (June 4)

MISSION: STS-89 -- 8th MIR DOCKING & SPACEHAB DM
VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105
LOCATION: Vehicle Assembly Building bay No. 2
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: January 15, 1998 at about 12:57 a.m.
LAUNCH WINDOW: 7 - 10 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: January 24, 1998 at about 5:20 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 9 days, 4 hours, 23 minutes
CREW: Wilcutt, Edwards, Dunbar, Anderson, Reilly, Wolf (up), Lawrence (down)
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 160 nautical miles/51.6 degrees
NOTE: Endeavour will remain in temporary storage in the VAB until Columbia is rolled out of OPF bay No. 3 and to the VAB for mating operations. Once the OPF is open, Endeavour will be moved over and processing will begin for its newly assigned flight, STS-89.

STS-89 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):

Roll to OPF bay No. 3 (June 5)

 

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