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June 5, 1997
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19970605
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
11:05 AM EDT

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

MISSION: STS-94 -- Microgravity Science Laboratory-1

VEHICLE: Columbia/OV-102
LOCATION: Vehicle Assembly Building
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: With Columbia in the Vehicle Assembly Building, work to mate the orbiter to the external fuel tank and solid rocket boosters is under way. Hard mate is expected later today. Wiring work is planned to begin in the Shuttle's avionics bay 4 this weekend and electrical check-outs of auxiliary power unit No. 2 will pick up on Monday. With about twenty thermal protective tiles removed from Columbia's forward reaction control system, managers are planning to pick up tile replacement work at the pad. Evaluations of the FRCS tiles on the other orbiters are under way and will help managers better understand the cracked tiles seen on Columbia last week.

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

Shuttle interface test (June 9-10)
Roll out to pad 39A (June 11)
Flight Readiness Review (June 19)

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: Leak checks in Discovery's aft engine compartment are complete and heat shield installation will begin today. Mid-body close-outs continue on schedule. Inspections of the thermal protective tiles on the orbiter's forward reaction control system are in work. Solid rocket booster stacking operations continue in the VAB.

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

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: Space Shuttle main engine No. 2 was removed yesterday and engines No. 3 and No. 1 will be removed later today and tonight. Forward reaction control system functional tests are in work. Preparations are also in work for functional checks of the pilot and commander seats.

MISSION: STS-89 -- 8th MIR DOCKING & SPACEHAB DM
VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1
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 moved from the VAB to OPF bay 1 yesterday at about 5 p.m. Processing work will now begin for Endeavour's next mission, STS-89.

 

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