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Feb. 26, 1998
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19980226
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
12:13 PM 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 to install the orbiter's main engines is complete and Neurolab transfer tunnel mechanical mate operations continue. The tunnel interface verification test is scheduled for tomorrow. The STS-90 crew today is participating in the crew equipment and interface test (CEIT) and a sharp edge inspection of the orbiter's crew module and Neurolab. In the Vehicle Assembly Building, the external tank is being mated to the solid rocket boosters.

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

Transfer tunnel interface verification test (Feb. 27)
Landing gear functional checks (March 2)
Close payload bay doors (March 9)
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. EDT
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. These items are scheduled to be installed in the orbiter next week. Installation of Discovery's right-hand orbiter maneuvering system is set for Friday. 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. 27)
Tunnel adapter installation (March 4)
Shuttle main engine installation completion (March 20)

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. EDT
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: July 20, 1998 at 8:02 a.m. EDT
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 continue today. A similar test was successfully completed on the forward reaction control system yesterday. Preparations are also underway to remove auxiliary power unit No. 3.

 

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