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Feb. 9, 1998
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19980209
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
2:12 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. (under review)
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: Leak checks of Columbia's crew module and tunnel adapter are complete. The transfer tunnel's forward extension has been installed and ammonia system servicing is complete. The payload premate test is also complete.

Aft compartment closeouts and main engine heat shield rework continues. The Neurolab payload is scheduled to arrive at the OPF on Wednesday for installation into the orbiter's cargo bay and Shuttle main engines will be installed on Friday.

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

Payload installed into orbiter (Feb. 11)
Shuttle main engine installation complete (Feb. 13)

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: Discovery's three auxiliary power units have been installed. Replacement and cycling of the power drive unit for the right-hand external tank umbilical door continues. Body flap corrosion repair and super lightweight tank instrumentation modifications continue and engine heat shield attach point mold impressions are being taken today. The orbiter's external airlock is in the OPF and will be installed into the orbiter Feb. 13. The Mir docking mechanism is being mated to the airlock today.

The new super lightweight external tank arrived in the Vehicle Assembly Building Friday afternoon to begin processing for launch on STS-91. Preparations are in work today to lift the tank and move it from the transfer aisle to the check out cell in high bay 2.

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

External airlock installation complete (Feb. 13)
Forward reaction control system installation complete (Feb. 16)
Right-hand orbiter maneuvering system pod installation complete (Feb. 20)

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: Endeavour's Ku band antenna assembly checks are complete. Payload disconnects are complete and SPACEHAB removal occurs today. Shuttle main engine post flight inspections are in work and removal of Endeavour's tunnel adapter is scheduled for Thursday.

STS-88 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):

Tunnel adapter removal (Feb. 12)
Main engine heat shield removal (Feb. 26)
Main engine removal complete (Mar. 3)

 

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