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June 9, 1997
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19970609
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
1:49 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: In the VAB, Columbia is mated to the external tank and mating close-outs are in work. Rework on spliced wires in the Shuttle's avionics bay is underway and electrical evaluations of a controller check-out unit for auxiliary power unit No. 2 are also in work today. NASA's plan to eventually use a super lightweight external fuel tank requires modification to an orbiter's tail service mast. Columbia's tail service mast underwent retraction tests over the weekend to assist engineers in that effort.

Over the weekend, additional thermal protection tiles were removed from the orbiter's forward reaction control system. More than 30 suspect tiles have been removed because of cracks seen during recent inspections. Evaluations of the FRCS tiles on the other orbiters have resulted in the removal of several tiles from orbiters Discovery and Atlantis. Stronger tiles will replace those that were removed from each orbiter and the majority of Columbia's tile replacement work will be done at the pad. Managers are working on a plan to complete the tile work in time for the July 1 launch date.

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

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 continues through Tuesday and mid-body close-outs continue on schedule. Repair work on the lower portion of Discovery's rudder speed brake will continue through Tuesday. Tile inspections resulted in the removal of 7 suspect tiles on the FRCS.

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

Crew Equipment 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: Over the weekend, work to disconnect the orbiter docking system pyrotechnic devices was completed. Inspections of the Spacehab tunnel are also complete. Removal and replacement of fuel cell No. 3 is in work today. Inspection of Atlantis' FRCS tiles has resulted in the removal of 10 suspect tiles. Waterproofing of the thermal protection system on Atlantis' lower surface was also completed this weekend.

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: Preparations to open Endeavour's payload bay doors are in work. Work to connect the orbiter's freon coolant loop No. 2 is complete. Inspection of Endeavour's FRCS tiles has resulted in the removal of 6 tiles.

 

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