Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
Feb. 17, 1998
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
3:31 PM EST
KSC Public Affairs Contact: Bruce Buckingham (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 3 at 11:07 a.m. EDT
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: Late last week, NASA managers agreed to postpone for two weeks the launch of Mission STS-90, setting the new target launch date of April 16, 1998. The delay will permit better utilization of available Shuttle resources to support orbiter processing.
In the OPF, preparations continue for the installation of Columbia’s main engine heat shields and for the installation of the tunnel adapter for the Neurolab module. The interface verification test of the Neurolab also continues today.
STS-90 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
Shuttle main engine installation (Feb. 19)
Install Spacelab tunnel (Feb. 20)
Rollout to Vehicle Assembly Building (March 16)
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. Close-outs are continuing today. Preparations to conduct the auxiliary power unit leak and functional checks are in work. The airlock is scheduled to be installed into the orbiter’s payload bay this 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 (March 4)
Shuttle main engine installation (March 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 continue for the orbital maneuvering system pod functional tests and for the fuel cell voltage tests. Tunnel adapter removal is under way today.
STS-88 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
Fuel cell voltage test begins (Feb. 18)
Main engine heat shield removal (Feb. 26)
Main engine removal complete (March 3)
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