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June 23, 1997
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19970623
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
12:14 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
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 was completed Friday night. Over the weekend, workers finished bond verification on the 36 thermal protection tiles that were installed on the nose of the orbiter. In Columbia's aft compartment, work to install the fabricated "pyro can" assemblies at the orbiter's external tank attach points continues.

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

Ordnance installation (June 24)
Complete orbiter aft engine compartment close-outs (June 27)
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 hydraulic testing continues. Potable water servicing continues in work through today. Six of the 44 forward reaction control system tiles slated for replacement on Discovery are installed and bonded, and work continues to fit check and install the remaining tiles. Close-outs of Discovery's aft compartment continue this week. Preparations are underway for payload bay door closure set to occur tomorrow. In the Vehicle Assembly Building, work to mate the external tank to the solid rocket boosters is complete.

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

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: Atlantis' orbital maneuvering system pod functional checks continue through tomorrow. Auxiliary power unit leak and functional checks are complete and main propulsion system leak and functional checks are in work. Testing of the power reactant storage and distribution system is underway. Fabrication of the replacement tiles for Atlantis' forward reaction control system is in work and installation will begin next week. Window polishing continues 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: Work to replace a faulty flow transducer in Endeavour's freon coolant loop No. 2 is underway and servicing of that coolant loop will begin later this week. Radiator functional tests are in work this week.

 

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