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Jan. 6, 1998
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19980106
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
1:31 PM EST

KSC Public Affairs Contact: Joel Wells (fax 407-867-2692)
E-mail: Joel.Wells-1@ksc.nasa.gov
Launch Viewing Information

MISSION: STS-89 -- 8th MIR DOCKING & SPACEHAB DM

VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105
LOCATION: Launch Pad 39A
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Jan. 22, 1998 with a preferred time of 9:48 p.m. EST
LAUNCH WINDOW: 10 minute window (opens at 9:43 p.m. EST)
MIR DOCKING DATE/TIME: Jan. 24 at about 3:12 p.m.
MIR UNDOCKING DATE/TIME: Jan. 29 at about 11:52 a.m.
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Jan. 31, 1998 at 5:36 p.m.
MISSION DURATION: 8 days, 19 hours, 48 minutes
CREW: Wilcutt, Edwards, Dunbar, Anderson, Reilly, Sharipov, Thomas (up), Wolf (down)
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 160 nautical miles/51.6 degrees
NOTE: The helium signature leak test was completed yesterday and Endeavour’s payload bay doors were closed by midnight. Thermal blanket installation on the left payload bay door begins Thursday and concludes on Sunday. Loading of hypergolic propellants into Endeavour’s orbiter maneuvering system pods began this morning and will continue through tomorrow. All three auxiliary power units will be hot-fired on Thursday.

The STS-89 crew arrives at KSC tomorrow at about 7 p.m. to participate in launch familiarization activities. They will take part in the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test on Friday and Saturday.

STS-89 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):

Flight Readiness Review (Jan. 7)
Auxiliary power units hot-fired (Jan. 8)
Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (Jan. 9-10)
Payload bay doors closed for flight (Jan. 14)
MISSION: STS-90 -- NEUROLAB

STS-90 images
VEHICLE: Columbia/OV-102
LOCATION: OPF bay 3
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: April 2, 1998 at 1:19 p.m.
LAUNCH WINDOW: 2 hours, 30 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: April 18, l998 at 12:09 p.m.
MISSION DURATION: 15 days, 21 hours, 50 minutes
CREW: Searfoss, Atlman, Linnehan, Williams, Hire, Buckey, Pawelczyk
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 150 nautical miles/39 degrees
NOTE: Shuttle Columbia’s payload bay doors were opened yesterday to accommodate Ku band antenna testing yesterday afternoon. The orbiter’s nose and main landing gear tires were also installed yesterday. Orbiter maneuvering system testing and replacement of fuel cells No. 1 and 3 are in work. Window polishing efforts begin tomorrow and inspections of the forward reaction control system are scheduled for Friday.

STS-90 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):

FRCS post-flight inspections (Jan. 9)
Fuel cell voltage tests (Jan. 12)

MISSION: STS-91 -- 9th MIR DOCKING & SPACEHAB-SM
VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
LOCATION: OPF bay 2
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: May 28 at 8:33 p.m.
LAUNCH WINDOW: 7-10 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: June 7 at about 12:17 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 9 days, 3 hours, 44 minutes
CREW: Precourt, Gorie, Lawrence, Chang-Diaz, Kavandi, Thomas (down)
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 160 nautical miles/51.6 degrees
NOTE: Discovery’s payload bay doors are open and Ku band antenna deploy and testing are complete. Body flap corrosion repair work has resumed. Preparations are in work for removal of the orbiter’s forward reaction control system tonight. Friday, technicians will replace fuel cell No. 2.

 

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