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June 24, 1997
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19970624
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
1:45 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 7:13 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: In Columbia's aft compartment, work to install the fabricated "pyro can" assemblies at the orbiter's external tank attach points continues. Yesterday, technicians noted two problem connectors while conducting aft compartment close-out work. A yaw actuator connector failed during testing and a pyrotechnic connector in avionics bay 6 was cracked. Both connectors have been replaced and retesting is in work. Pad A will be cleared of all nonessential personnel from 9:30 p.m. tonight until noon tomorrow to support ordnance installation. Launch countdown preparations continue on schedule.

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

Ordnance installation complete (June 25)
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 is complete. Potable water servicing continues in work through tomorrow. Tile replacement work continues on Discovery's forward reaction control system. Main landing gear functional checks are complete. Close-outs of Discovery's aft compartment continue this week. Preparations are underway for payload bay door closure set to occur tomorrow night. In the Vehicle Assembly Building, the external tank is mated to the solid rocket boosters and SRB close-out work is underway.

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

Close payload bay doors (June 25)
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 today. Main propulsion system leak and functional checks are complete. Testing of the power reactant storage and distribution system continues. 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: Servicing of Endeavour's freon coolant loop No. 2 is underway and continues through Sunday. Radiator functional tests are in work this week.

 

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