Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
Feb. 12, 1998
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
11:58 AM EST
KSC Public Affairs Contact: Joel Wells (fax 407-867-2692)
MISSION: STS-90 -- NEUROLAB
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: Columbia’s main engine heat shield attach point work continues with match drilling in work today. Preparations for Friday’s pressure test of the orbiter’s flash evaporator system will wrap up today. Aft compartment close-outs are ongoing, and main engine installation is now slated for next Thursday.
The Neurolab payload arrived at OPF bay 3 shortly after 6 a.m. today and is now being installed into Columbia’s cargo bay.
STS-90 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
Neurolab Interface Verification Test (Feb. 18)
Shuttle main engine installation complete (Feb. 19)
MISSION: STS-91 -- 9TH MIR DOCKING & SPACEHAB-SM
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: Body flap corrosion repair and super lightweight tank instrumentation modifications continue, and engine heat shield attach point assessments are in work. While mating the Mir docking mechanism to Discovery’s external airlock, KSC technicians noticed some galling on several of the bolts that connect the two components. NASA engineers are evaluating the possibility of replacing the bolts and resuming airlock processing early next week.
STS-91 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
Forward reaction control system installation complete (Feb. 13)
Right-hand orbiter maneuvering system pod installation complete (Feb. 20)
MISSION: STS-88 (01-2A) ISS FIRST FLIGHT
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 hypergolic fuel from Endeavour’s orbiter maneuvering system (OMS) cross-feed lines is complete. Preparations for next week’s OMS pod functional testing are under way. Main propulsion system and Shuttle main engine post-flight inspections continue. Tunnel adapter removal is now scheduled for Monday.
STS-88 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
Tunnel adapter removal (Feb. 16)
Fuel cell voltage test begins (Feb. 18)
Main engine heat shield removal (Feb. 26)
Main engine removal complete (Mar. 3)
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