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July 14, 1997
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19970714
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
12:51 PM EDT

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

MISSION: STS-94 -- Microgravity Science Laboratory-1
Flight Day 14

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 at an altitude of 160 nautical miles and all orbiter systems are in excellent condition. On orbit science investigations continue to focus on the Microgravity Science Laboratory.

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: Pad 39A
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: Discovery and the booster/external tank complement arrived at pad 39A at about 8 a.m. today. They began the 3.4-mile trek from the VAB, atop the crawler transporter at about 2 a.m. Pad validation is in work through tomorrow.

At pad 39A (image), the CRISTA-SPAS payload will be installed into the cargo bay tomorrow morning.

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

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: Shuttle main engine heat shield installation is complete. Preparations are in work for tomorrow's integrated hydraulic test. The payload bay doors are slated for closure later this week. In the VAB, solid rocket booster stacking operations are on schedule for external tank/SRB mate activities on Friday.

A routine, 3-week Modal (structural) Test concludes 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 tonight. The forward portion of the CEIT is scheduled for July 26.

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

Payload bay doors closed for flight (July 19)
Orbiter Modal Test complete (July 21)
External tank and solid rocket booster mate (July 24)

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 are back in work through next week. Functional testing of the atmospheric revitalization pressure control system is scheduled through Wednesday and removal of the liquid oxygen 17-inch disconnect continues. Orbiter docking mechanism installation is underway.

 

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