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Feb. 25, 1998
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19980225
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
11:05 AM EST

KSC Public Affairs Contact: Bruce Buckingham (fax 407-867-2692)
E-mail: Bruce.Buckingham-1@ksc.nasa.gov

MISSION: STS-90 -- NEUROLAB

VEHICLE: Columbia/OV-102
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
EXPECTED 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
* The mission is currently baselined to last 16 days (MET of 15/21:50). The option to add the 17th day (MET of 16/21:48), if power margins permit, will be addressed during the flight.

NOTE: Work on the orbiter's main engine heat shield attach points is complete and installation of the main engines is now in work. The Neurolab transfer tunnel has been installed and mechanical mates are in work today. Tomorrow, the STS-90 crew will participate in the crew equipment and interface test (CEIT) and a sharp edge inspection of the orbiter's crew module and Neurolab. Also tomorrow, the external tank is scheduled to be mated to the solid rocket boosters in the Vehicle Assembly Building.

STS-90 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):

Crew equipment and interface test (Feb. 26)
Mate external tank with solid rocket boosters (Feb. 26)
Roll orbiter to Vehicle Assembly Building (March 16)

MISSION: STS-91 -- 9TH MIR DOCKING & SPACEHAB-SM

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
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: 173 nautical miles/51.6 degrees
NOTE: Modifications to the orbiter's airlock and check-outs of the orbiter's body flap continue. Installation of Discovery's right-hand orbiter maneuvering system is set for Thursday. In the Vehicle Assembly Building, stacking operations for Discovery's solid rocket boosters have begun.

STS-91 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):

Install right hand OMS pod (Feb. 26)
Tunnel adapter installation (March 4)
Shuttle main engine installation (March 6)

MISSION: STS-88 (01-2A) ISS FIRST FLIGHT

VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105
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: 173 nautical miles/51.6 degrees
NOTE: Functional tests of the orbital maneuvering system and the forward reaction control system continue today. Preparations are also underway to remove auxiliary power unit No. 3.

STS-88 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):

Main engine heat shield removal (Feb. 26)
Main engine removal complete (March 3)

 

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