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June 3, 1997
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19970603
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
2:54 PM EDT

KSC Public Affairs Contact: Joel Wells (fax 407-867-2692)

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: Columbia's payload bay doors were closed for flight yesterday. Today, technicians are wrapping up close-out work in the orbiter's aft compartment and performing some tile work on nose of the vehicle. Preparations are in work for the orbiter's move to the Vehicle Assembly Building targeted for tomorrow at about 11 a.m. The external tank and solid rocket boosters await Columbia in VAB high bay 1 for a hard mate to be completed on Thursday. Once in the VAB, wiring work will continue in the Shuttle's avionics bay 4 and electrical check-outs of an auxiliary power unit will pick-up.

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

Roll over to VAB for mate to external tank (no earlier than June 4)
Shuttle interface test (June 9-10)
Roll out to pad 39A (June 11)

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: Close-outs of Discovery's aft engine compartment continue. Work to secure engine No. 3 is now complete. Heat shield installation will begin next week and mid-body close-outs continue on schedule. Solid rocket booster stacking operations continue in the Vehicle Assembly Building.

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

Heat shield installation (June 6)
Crew equipment and interface test (June 14)

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: Off-loading of hypergolic propellants from Atlantis' orbiter maneuvering system is complete. Preparations are underway for main engine removal currently scheduled for Thursday. The Spacehab module was removed from Atlantis' cargo bay yesterday and is currently located in KSC's Vertical Processing Facility where it will undergo post flight servicing and preparation for its next flight.

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

Remove main engines (June 5)

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: Preparations are in work to move Endeavour from the VAB to OPF bay 1 tomorrow. Once Columbia arrives in the VAB for mating operations, Endeavour will be moved over and processing will begin for mission STS-89.

 

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