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July 16, 1997
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19970716
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
12:41 PM EDT

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

MISSION: STS-94 -- Microgravity Science Laboratory-1
Flight Day 16

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 6:47 a.m. EDT
MISSION DURATION: 15 days, 16 hours, 45 minutes
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 160 nautical miles/28.45 degrees
NOTE: The STS-94 crew is busy with housekeeping activities aboard Columbia in preparation for a Thursday landing at Kennedy Space Center. Mission managers will not call on Edwards Air Force Base to support landing on Thursday or Friday. Weather forecasters predict good weather for both opportunities tomorrow at 6:47 a.m. and 8:22 a.m. EDT. They will be monitoring potential early morning fog to determine visibility at the Shuttle Landing Facility. KSC offers two more opportunities on Friday at 6:45 a.m. and 8:19 a.m. EDT.

Forecasters expect high pressure to dominate Florida's weather on Thursday. For the first KSC opportunity, light and variable surface winds and moisture will cause fog patches to develop near sunrise. The second KSC opportunity is expected to provide better weather conditions.

Clouds: Few at 2,000 feet and scattered at 25,000 feet
Visibility: 7 miles with a chance for 5 miles if fog is predominate
Wind: West at 4 knots
Temperature: 74 degrees F
Dewpoint: 73 Degrees
Relative Humidity: 91%
Precipitation: Showers offshore beyond 30 nautical miles

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: Pad validation activities were completed last night. Integrated hydraulic operations are in work today. The main engine Flight Readiness Test and leak checks are in work through tonight. Preparations continue for loading of hypergolic propellants, scheduled for July 24. Preparations are also underway for the Helium Signature Test scheduled through Friday. Technicians will change-out a leaky disconnect on the reaction control system oxidizer tank vent.

Vertical payload installation is complete and electrical mates are in work today. The Interface Verification Test is slated for Thursday night.

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

Helium Signature Test (July 17 and 18)
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: Integrated hydraulic testing and window polishing are complete. Installation of the newly fabricated thermal protection tiles for the forward reaction control system is underway and Atlantis' Modal (structural) Test will conclude this weekend. Aft hatch functional testing is in work and technicians will replace a dinged boron strut in the orbiter's midbody.

The payload bay doors will be closed for flight Friday. In the VAB, solid rocket booster stacking operations are on schedule for external tank/SRB mate activities on July 24.

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

Payload bay doors closed for flight (July 18)
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: Removal of the liquid oxygen 17-inch disconnect is slated for tonight and the damaged seal on the docking mechanism is being replaced today. Replacement of the pump on freon coolant loop No. 1 is also in work today. Modifications to the orbiter's elevon coves continue through next week.

 

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