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June 18, 1997
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19970618
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
12:29 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 helium signature leak test is complete and loading of storable hypergolic propellants aboard Columbia will begin early tomorrow morning. Tile installation work on the forward reaction control system is complete, with all 36 tiles bonded to the vehicle. Bond verification checks will begin after the loading of hypergolic propellants. The STS-94 Flight Readiness Review will begin at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow and Shuttle managers are expected to announce the official launch date at the conclusion of the meeting.

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

Hypergolic propellant loading begins (Thursday)
Flight Readiness Review (Thursday)

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: Functional tests of Discovery's brakes and nose wheel steering will conclude today. Close-out work on the orbiter's body flap continues through Friday. Preparations are in work for payload bay door closure scheduled to occur next week.

In the Vehicle Assembly Building, joint close-outs on the right-hand solid rocket booster are in work. Mating of the external tank to the booster stack is scheduled for Friday.

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

External tank/solid rocket booster mate activities (June 20)
Close payload bay doors (June 24)
Orbiter roll to VAB for mate to ET/SRB stack (July 7)

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: Drag chute installation is complete. Fuel cell voltage tests started yesterday and will be completed by tonight. The orbital maneuvering system pod functional checks continue through Friday. Replacement of window No. 1 is in work and other window polishing will continue through Monday.

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: Deservicing of freon coolant loop No. 2 continues through Friday. Troubleshooting of freon coolant loop No. 1 also continues.

 

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