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March 6, 1998
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19980306
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
2:17 PM EST

KSC Public Affairs Contact: Joel Wells (fax 407-867-2692)
E-mail: Joel.Wells-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: Leak checks on Columbia's crew module and Ku-band testing are complete. Main engine heat shields are being installed and aft compartment close-outs are in work. Payload bay door inspections are under way and the doors are scheduled to be closed for flight this afternoon. Spacelab internal close-outs are in progress as well.

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

Roll orbiter to Vehicle Assembly Building and mate with external tank (March 16)
Rollout to Pad 39B (March 23)
Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (March 30-31)

MISSION: STS-91 -- 9TH AND FINAL 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: Discovery's right-hand orbiter maneuvering system pod was installed yesterday and electrical mates are complete. Preparations to install the orbiter's body flap continue and installation of auxiliary power unit No. 1 concludes today. The airlock is scheduled to be installed in the orbiter this afternoon. In the Vehicle Assembly Building, stacking operations for the STS-91 solid rocket boosters continue and will conclude next week.

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

Tunnel adapter installation (March 16)
Shuttle main engine installation completion (March 19-20)
Crew Equipment Interface Test (March 28)

MISSION: STS-88 -- FIRST FLIGHT INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION
(NODE-1, PMAs 1 and 2)

VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105
LOCATION: OPF bay 1
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: July 9, 1998, at 12:44 p.m. EDT (under review)
LAUNCH WINDOW: 10 minutes
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: Preparations for next week's removal of Endeavour's main engines continue and heat shield removal is in work today. Technicians are troubleshooting a helium isolation valve on the orbiter's reaction control system and work is also under way to replace a line that supplies gaseous nitrogen to the Spacelab.

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

Remove Space Shuttle main engines (March 10)
Drag chute installation and check-out (March 12)
Remove right-hand orbital maneuvering system pod (March 20)

NOTE on ATLANTIS (OV-104): Atlantis remains at Palmdale, CA, undergoing scheduled maintenance and orbiter modifications. The vehicle is due to be ferried back to KSC in August.

 

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