Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
Feb. 18, 1998
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
12:57 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 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: Servicing of Columbia's potable water system is complete. Work on the orbiter's main engine heat shield attach points continues and should conclude today. With successful completion of the heat shield work, main engine installation will begin early tomorrow morning. Neurolab's interface verification test is complete and transfer tunnel installation is slated for Friday.
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: Interface verification testing on Discovery's forward reaction control system is complete. The auxiliary power unit leak and functional checks continue and preparations for external airlock installation are complete. The airlock will be installed into the orbiter's payload bay later this week. Installation of Discovery's right-hand orbiter maneuvering system begins early next week.
STS-91 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
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: Tunnel adapter removal is complete. Orbital maneuvering system pod functional tests are in work and fuel cell voltage tests are slated for tomorrow. Work on Endeavour's reaction control system is under way and technicians will replace a 4-inch disconnect on the main propulsion system today.
STS-88 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
Fuel cell voltage test begins (Feb. 19)
Main engine heat shield removal (Feb. 26)
Main engine removal complete (March 3)
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