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June 6, 1997
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19970606
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
12:39 PM 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: Columbia is hard mated to the external fuel tank and solid rocket boosters and ordnance installation is in work. Preparations are in work for functional tests of the tail service mast. Rework on spliced wires in the Shuttle's avionics bay 4 will begin this weekend and electrical evaluations of a controller check-out unit for auxiliary power unit No. 2 will pick-up on Monday. Evaluations of the FRCS tiles on the other orbiters continue as managers seek to 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: Heat shield installation is in work today. Mid-body close-outs continue on schedule. Inspections of the thermal protection tiles on the orbiter's forward reaction control system are in work. The external tank umbilical doors have been undergoing cycling tests for several weeks so engineers could study bent bolts on one door's hinge fixtures. Yesterday, stronger bolts were installed to prevent future bolt deformation. 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: Atlantis' main engines were removed last night. Forward reaction control system trickle purge activities are complete. Inspections of the thermal protection tiles on the FRCS are also complete. Preparations are underway for removal and replacement of fuel cell No. 3, scheduled to begin on Monday. Spacehab tunnel inspections are also underway.

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 has been placed on jacks and leveled in OPF bay 1. Technicians are gaining access to the orbiter's payload bay with strong back installation complete. Processing work will now begin for Endeavour's next mission, STS-89.

 

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