Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
Feb. 13, 1998
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
4:55 PM 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 16, 1998 at 2:19 p.m. EDT
LAUNCH WINDOW: 2 hours, 30 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: May 2, 1998
MISSION DURATION: 16 days, 21 hours
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. The orbiter’s flash evaporator system will undergo pressure tests today. Aft compartment close-outs are ongoing, and main engine installation is slated for next Thursday. With external tank and solid rocket booster close-outs nearing completion, ET/SRB mate is slated for Feb. 19.
The Neurolab payload was installed into Columbia’s cargo bay yesterday and payload interface verification testing is scheduled for next week.
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: Installation of Discovery’s forward reaction control system is complete. Body flap corrosion repair and super lightweight tank instrumentation modifications continue, and engine heat shield attach point assessments are in work. NASA engineers continue to evaluate the galling noticed on about 13 out of 96 bolts that connect the Mir docking mechanism to Discovery’s external airlock. Managers may opt to change-out the flawed bolts and resume airlock processing next week.
STS-91 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
Right-hand orbiter maneuvering system pod installation complete (Feb. 20)
Payload premate test (Feb. 25)
Tunnel adapter installation (Mar. 4)
Shuttle main engine installation (Mar. 6)
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: Preparations for next week’s OMS pod functional testing continue. Main propulsion system and Shuttle main engine post-flight inspections continue. Tunnel adapter removal is now scheduled for Monday and fuel cell voltage testing begins Wednesday.
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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