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July 10, 1997
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19970710
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
12:21 PM EDT

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

MISSION: STS-94 -- Microgravity Science Laboratory-1
Flight Day 10

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 6:53 a.m. EDT
MISSION DURATION: 15 days, 16 hours, 51 minutes
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 160 nautical miles/28.45 degrees
NOTE: Columbia continues to perform very well on orbit with more than half of the Microgravity Science Laboratory mission complete. Around-the-clock science investigations continue in the Spacelab module.

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: Vehicle Assembly Building
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: August 7 at 10:41 a.m. (under review)
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: In the VAB, orbiter/external tank mating operations continue with umbilical mates still in work. Functional testing of the liquid oxygen 17-inch disconnect began last night. The shuttle interface test is in work and continues through Friday. Discovery is slated to roll out to Pad 39A on Monday at about 2 a.m.

The CRISTA-SPAS payload was delivered to the pad early this morning and today is being installed into the Payload Changeout Room.

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

Orbiter roll out to pad 39A (July 14)
Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (July 22-23)
Flight Readiness Review (July 24)

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 and main propulsion system integrated testing is complete and heat shield installation is in work. Fuel cell No. 2 mechanical mates are complete. Functional checks are also planned for Atlantis' liquid oxygen 17-inch disconnect.

Atlantis will undergo a routine, three-week modal or structural test beginning July 21. Because the test requires the orbiter's midbody to be closed for flight, the midbody portion of the Crew Equipment Interface Test (CEIT) has moved up to July 14. The forward portion of the CEIT is scheduled for July 26.

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

Midbody Crew Equipment Interface Test (July 14)
Heat shield installation complete (July 15)
Payload bay doors closed for flight (July 19)
Orbiter modal test begins (July 21)

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: Functional testing of Endeavour's upper airlock hatch is in work today. Replacement of window No. 6 concludes today. Modifications to the orbiter's elevon coves are on hold and will pickup again on Monday. Preparations to remove the 17-inch disconnect continue.

 

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