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Jan. 15, 1998
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19980115
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
4:00 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: Testing on microwave scanning beam landing system No. 3 is complete, following a recent decoder replacement. Endeavour's aft compartment close-outs are in work through the weekend and ordnance connections began early this morning. Payload bay doors are slated for closure on Friday. Hypergolic system pressurization is in work and will continue through Saturday.

Shuttle engineers continue to evaluate a small leak on a hydraulic line for auxiliary power unit No. 3. A Russian motion control computer and air conditioning unit are slated to be installed into the SPACEHAB module on Sunday, for use on the Mir space station. To prepare for installation activities, workers Friday will conduct an exercise with a full scale mock-up of the air conditioning unit to confirm installation procedures and clearances.

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

SPACEHAB stow (Jan. 16 and 18)
Payload bay doors closed for flight (Jan. 16)
Launch countdown begins (Jan. 19 at 7 p.m.)
Flight crew arrival (Jan. 19 at 3:30 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: Voltage tests on Columbia's fuel cells are complete and APU leak and functional checks concluded yesterday. Power reactant storage and distribution system checks are in work and are expected to conclude today. Replacement of payload bay floodlights No. 1 and No. 5 and aft flight deck reconfiguration continue. Orbiter maneuvering system functional tests are proceeding on schedule.

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 have completed efforts to remove residual oxidizer and fuel from the orbiter maneuvering system (OMS) cross-feed lines and will remove the right hand OMS pod tomorrow. The pod will then undergo a valve change-out in the Hypergol Maintenance Facility. Replacement of Discovery's fuel cell No. 2 is complete as fuel cell monitoring modifications continue. Work to install instrumentation that supports the new Super Lightweight External Tank continues and body flap corrosion repairs proceed on schedule.

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. 16)
Fuel cell voltage test (Jan. 20)
Remote manipulator system installed (Jan. 23)

 

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