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Feb. 3, 1998
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19980203
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
2:02 PM EST

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

MISSION: STS-90 -- NEUROLAB

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 19, l998 at 12:07 p.m.
MISSION DURATION: 16 days, 21 hours, 48 minutes
CREW: Searfoss, Altman, Linnehan, Williams, Hire, Buckey, Pawelczyk
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 150 nautical miles/39 degrees
NOTE: Polishing of Columbia's windows concluded yesterday and work on payload bay flood light No. 3 is complete. Airlock ducting reconfiguration is also complete. Tunnel adapter flow rate leak testing is in work today and preparations are under way for main engine installation beginning tomorrow. Columbia's payload premate test begins today and Neurolab will be installed in the payload canister Feb. 4. The canister is currently scheduled to arrive at OPF 3 early Feb. 9 from the Operations and Checkout Building.

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

Shuttle main engine installation complete (Feb. 4)
Payload installed into orbiter (Feb. 9)
Shuttle main engine heat shield installation begins (Feb. 11)
Payload interface verification test (Feb. 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 8:05 p.m.
LAUNCH WINDOW: 7-10 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: June 7 at about 3:36 p.m.
MISSION DURATION: 9 days, 19 hours, 31 minutes
CREW: Precourt, Gorie, Lawrence, Chang-Diaz, Kavandi, Ryumin, Thomas (down)
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 160 nautical miles/51.6 degrees
NOTE: Installation of the power drive unit for the orbiter's right external tank umbilical door continues. Work on Discovery's airlock, body flap and super lightweight tank instrumentation modification continue. Preparations are in work for auxiliary power unit installation slated for this week.

The new super lightweight external tank, to be used on STS-91, arrived at Port Canaveral yesterday and remains docked while severe weather passes through central Florida. With high winds prohibiting tugboat operations today, managers expect the tank to arrive at KSC's turn basin no earlier than tomorrow, weather permitting.

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

External airlock installation complete (Feb. 9)
Auxiliary power unit installation complete (Feb. 10)
Right-hand orbiter maneuvering system pod installation complete (Feb. 12)
Forward reaction control system installation complete (Feb. 16)

MISSION: STS-88 (01-2A) ISS FIRST FLIGHT
VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105
LOCATION: OPF bay 1
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: July 9, 1998, at 12:44 p.m.
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: July 20, 1998 at 8:02 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 10 days, 19 hours, 18 minutes
CREW: Cabana, Sturckow, Currie, Ross, Newman
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 170 nautical miles/51.6 degrees
NOTE: Draining of cryogenic reactants from the power reactant storage and distribution system and aft compartment structural leak checks are complete. Technicians continue to gain access to orbiter systems and postflight inspections are under way. Flight crew equipment destow is in work. Strong back installation continues in support of payload bay door opening and SPACEHAB removal later this week.

STS-89 booster disassembly continues with segment demate preparations in work. The booster nozzles have been removed and are en route to Utah.

 

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