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July 3, 1997
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19970703
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
11:05 AM EDT
FLIGHT DAY 3

KSC Public Affairs Contact: Joel Wells (fax 407-867-2692)

MISSION: STS-94 -- Microgravity Science Laboratory-1

VEHICLE: Columbia/OV-102
LOCATION: on orbit
OFFICIAL LAUNCH DATE/TIME: July 1 at 2:02 p.m. EDT
LAUNCH WINDOW: 2 hours, 30 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: July 17 at about 6:38 a.m. EDT
MISSION DURATION: 15 days, 16 hours, 36 minutes
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 160 nautical miles/28.45 degrees
NOTE: The solid rocket booster retrieval ships, Freedom and Liberty, arrived at Hangar AF yesterday at about 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. respectively. All booster elements were recovered and rinsing activities are in work today. Initial inspections will begin on Monday morning.

The crew of Mission STS-94: Commander Jim Halsell; Pilot Susan Still; Mission Specialists Janice Voss, Michael Gernhardt and Donald Thomas; and Payload Specialists Roger Crouch and Greg Linteris.

MISSION: STS-85 -- CRISTA-SPAS-2

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: August 7 at 10:41 a.m.
LAUNCH WINDOW: 1 hour, 41 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: August 18 at 7:29 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: Discovery is on the orbiter transport system and retraction of the landing gear is complete as preparations continue for roll over to the Vehicle Assembly Building on Monday morning at about 9 a.m. In the VAB, orbiter/external tank mating preparations are also in work.

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

Orbiter roll to VAB for mate to ET/SRB stack (July 7 at about 9 a.m.)
Crista-Spas payload to pad 39A (July 10)
Orbiter roll out to pad 39A (July 14)
Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (July 22-23)

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: 7-10 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: September 28 at about 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: Shuttle main engine installation is in work today with engine No. 1 installed early this morning. Ammonia servicing is complete. Funtional testing of Atlantis' external tank umbilical doors begins today at about noon. Stronger replacement bolts were installed in the doors' linkage system after previous bolts were bent during door cycling activities.

In the VAB, solid rocket booster stacking operations are underway with joint close-outs in work on the left-hand stack.

STS-86 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):

Space Shuttle main engine installation complete (July 7)
Crew Equipment Interface Test (July 26)

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: Radiator functional tests are complete and servicing of Endeavour's freon coolant loop No. 2 continues. Tests on the main propulsion system and atmospheric revitalization control system are in work. Weight-saving modifications on the left and right-hand elevon coves, where the back of the orbiter's wings meet the elevons, are in work through next week.

 

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