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June 19, 1997
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19970619
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
12:35 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: Loading of storable hypergolic propellants aboard Columbia began at about 3:45 a.m. today. 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 is underway, 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):

Ordnance installation (June 24)
Orbiter aft engine compartment close-outs (June 23)
Launch countdown begins (June 28)

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: Integrated systems hydraulic testing is in work. Close-out work on Discovery'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 continue. Mating of the external tank to the booster stack is scheduled for Friday morning.

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: Fuel cell voltage tests are complete. The orbital maneuvering system pod functional checks continue through Friday. Window No. 1 has been installed. Polishing of Atlantis' other windows will continue through Monday. Radiator functional testing begins today.

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 with replacement of a flow transducer included in the work. Main propulsion system leak checks are complete, and engineering will evaluate a small leak from a 17-inch disconnect.

 

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