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July 11, 1997
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19970711
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
1:22 PM EDT

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

MISSION: STS-94 -- Microgravity Science Laboratory-1
Flight Day 11

VEHICLE: Columbia/OV-102
LOCATION: on orbit
OFFICIAL LAUNCH DATE/TIME: July 1 at 2:02 p.m. EDT
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 orbit the earth in excellent condition, providing a stable platform for the continuous science investigations on board.

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 interface leak checks will conclude today. Functional testing of the liquid oxygen 17-inch disconnect are complete and the Shuttle Interface Test will wrap up today. Discovery is slated to roll out to Pad 39A on Monday beginning at about 2 a.m.

At pad 39A (image), the CRISTA-SPAS payload was moved to the payload ground handling mechanism. It will be installed into the orbiter’s cargo bay on Tuesday.

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

Orbiter roll out to pad 39A (July 14)
Vertical payload installation into orbiter (July 15)
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: Functional tests of the orbiter docking system are complete and upper hatch testing is in work today. Shuttle main engine heat shield installation is in work through Monday and close-outs on Atlantis’ newly installed fuel cells continue. Orbiter inspections necessary for Atlantis’ upcoming structural test will continue through next week.

A routine, three-week modal test (structural test) begins on the vehicle 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) will occur on Monday. 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: Modifications to the orbiter’s elevon coves will pick up on Monday. Functional testing of the atmospheric revitalization pressure control system are scheduled through next Wednesday and removal of the liquid oxygen 17-inch disconnect will conclude on Monday. Docking mechanism installation is slated for next week.

 

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