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Jan. 13, 1998
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19980113
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
10:41 AM 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 Rotating Service Structure (RSS) at Pad 39A is back in place around Shuttle Endeavour following the successful completion of yesterday's auxiliary power unit hot-fire test. Stowage of flight crew systems and part 2 of the payload interface verification test were also completed yesterday.

Today, technicians will work orbiter midbody umbilical unit mate and leak checks. The orbiter's aft compartment close-outs continue through Saturday. A decoder on microwave scanning beam landing system No. 3 is being replaced today and payload bay doors will be closed for flight on Friday.

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

Ordnance installation begins (Jan. 14)
SPACEHAB stow (Jan. 16)
Payload bay doors closed for flight (Jan. 16)
Launch countdown begins (Jan. 19 at 7 p.m.)

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: Technicians completed removal of Columbia's window No. 6 yesterday and will install the new window today. Replacement of floodlights No. 1 and No. 5, in the orbiter's payload bay, is in work and aft flight deck reconfiguration is under way. Fuel cell voltage tests and checks of the flash evaporator system are scheduled to begin today.

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

Tunnel adapter installation (Jan. 21)
Payload premate test (Jan. 28)
Payload installed into orbiter (Jan. 30)
Shuttle main engine installation (Jan. 30)

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: Technicians continue eduction work to remove any remaining fuel and oxidizer from the orbiter maneuvering system cross-feed lines. Replacement of Discovery's fuel cell No. 2 continues along with fuel cell monitoring modifications.

Work to install instrumentation that supports the new Super Lightweight External Tank continues and body flap corrosion repairs proceed on schedule.

STS-91 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):

Removal of right-hand OMS pod (Jan. 15)
Fuel cell voltage test (Jan. 20)
Remote manipulator system installed (Jan. 23)

 

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