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June 11, 1997
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19970611
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
1:23 PM EDT

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

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

VEHICLE: Columbia/OV-102
LOCATION: Pad 39A
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 left the Vehicle Assembly Building at about 2:45 a.m. today and arrived at pad 39A at about 8 a.m.
Preparations are underway for hot fire tests of auxiliary power units No. 2 and No. 3, scheduled to occur tonight. Once the Rotating Service Structure is in place tomorrow, work will begin to replace 36 thermal protection system tiles on Columbia's forward reaction control system.

Shuttle technicians raised the concern of possible cracked tiles two weeks ago during routine inspections of the FRCS. Evaluations of the FRCS tiles on the entire Shuttle fleet helped engineers decide to replace the tiles with stronger ones.

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

Auxiliary power unit hot fire (tonight at about 8 p.m.)
Rotating Service Structure extended (June 12)
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 complete and leak checks of the crew hatch are also complete. Work remains on schedule for a Crew Equipment Interface Test on Saturday. Discovery's orbiter maneuvering system and reaction control system will undergo flight control check-outs today. Evaluations of the orbiter's forward reaction control system TPS tiles have resulted in a decision to replace 44 tiles.

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: Fuel cell No. 3 is installed and electrical hookups are in work. Waterproofing of Atlantis' thermal protection system is in work. The orbiter maneuvering system functional check outs are scheduled to begin later this week. Evaluations of the orbiter's forward reaction control system TPS tiles have resulted in a decision to replace 43 tiles.

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's payload bay doors were opened yesterday and technicians are gaining access to the orbiter's midbody today. Installation of the radiators in the payload bay is scheduled this week and servicing of the orbiter's freon coolant loop No. 2 is also in work. Evaluations of Endeavour's FRCS tiles have resulted in a decision to replace 41 tiles.

 

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