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June 12, 1997
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19970612
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
12:56 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: Pad validation efforts are concluding today and auxiliary power unit hot fire testing is complete and good. The Rotating Service Structure was placed around Columbia at about 9:30 a.m. today. Main engine flight readiness testing is in work today and tomorrow. Work begins today 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):

Helium Signature Test (June 17)
Hypergolic propellant load begins (June 19)
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: Work remains on schedule for a Crew Equipment Interface Test on Saturday. Flight control check-outs of Discovery's orbiter maneuvering system and reaction control system are complete. Preparations are in work for functional tests of the external tank umbilical doors and main landing gear servicing is scheduled to pick up tomorrow.

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 complete. Waterproofing of Atlantis' thermal protection system is in work. The orbiter maneuvering system functional check-outs are scheduled to begin later this week. Preparations for drag chute installation are in work and window polishing is scheduled through Friday.

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 are open and technicians are now working in the orbiter's midbody. Installation of the radiators in the payload bay is in work and servicing of the orbiter's freon coolant loop No. 2 continues.

 

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