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June 16, 1997
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19970616
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
1:25 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: The orbiter midbody umbilical unit used to load cryogenic reactants aboard the orbiter is being connected today. Tile work on the forward reaction control system went well over the weekend and continues today. The plan is on or slightly ahead of schedule. The helium signature leak test is scheduled for Tuesday and loading of the storable hypergolic propellants aboard Columbia is scheduled for Thursday. Repair work to wiring in avionics bay No. 4 will continue through Wednesday.

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

Helium Signature Test (June 17)
Hypergolic propellant loading 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: The Crew Equipment Interface Test was performed on Saturday. There were no significant issues raised by the astronauts. Functional testing of the external tank umbilical doors is complete. A functional test of the brakes and nose wheel steering is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday.

In the Vehicle Assembly Building, stacking of the right solid rocket booster has been completed. This finishes the booster stacking activities. Mating of the external tank to the solid rocket boosters will be performed later this week.

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

External tank/solid rocket booster mate activities (June 19)

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, electrical hookups are complete and the electrical verification checks are being performed today. The orbital maneuvering system pod functional checks continue. Drag chute mechanical installation is complete and electrical hook-ups are being performed today. Window polishing continues. The thermal barriers will be installed later this week.

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 are underway for deservicing freon coolant loop No. 2. Testing of the communications systems continues. Leak checks of the main propulsion system are also in work.

 

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