Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
Feb. 20, 1998
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
9:46 AM 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: Work on the orbiter's main engine heat shield attach points continues. Main engine installation will begin once this work is complete. Neurolab's transfer tunnel installation has been rescheduled for Monday.
STS-90 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
Install Spacelab tunnel (Feb. 23)
Shuttle main engine installation (Feb. 24)
Mate external tank with solid rocket boosters (Feb. 26)
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 2:35 p.m. EDT
MISSION DURATION: 9 days, 18 hours, 30 minutes
CREW: Precourt, Gorie, Lawrence, Chang-Diaz, Kavandi, Ryumin, Thomas (down)
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 160 nautical miles/51.6 degrees
NOTE: The auxiliary power unit leak and functional checks continue. The airlock will be installed into the orbiter's payload bay no earlier than late next week. Installation of Discovery's right-hand orbiter maneuvering system also begins next week.
STS-91 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
Install right hand OMS pod (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 and fuel cell voltage tests will continue today. A functional test of the forward reaction control system is set for Tuesday.
STS-88 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
Forward reaction control system functional test (Feb. 24)
Main engine heat shield removal (Feb. 26)
Main engine removal complete (March 3)
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