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March 24, 1998
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19980324
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
11:38 AM 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: Pad 39B
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: Shuttle Columbia arrived at Pad 39B yesterday at about 3:20 p.m. At about 7 p.m., the Rotating Service Structure was extended around the Shuttle. Launch pad validations began yesterday and will continue through this evening. Preparations are in work for the Shuttle main engine Flight Readiness Test tonight and the helium signature leak test on Friday. Workers will perform a routine freon flush of a gaseous nitrogen line on the Mobile Launch Platform today. The orbiter midbody umbilical unit is slated for standard leak checks today and orbiter hydraulic connections are scheduled for tonight.

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

Shuttle main engine Flight Readiness Test (March 25)
Helium signature leak test (March 27)
Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (March 30-31)
Flight Readiness Review (April 2)

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 3:36 p.m. EDT
MISSION DURATION: 9 days, 18 hours, 31 minutes
CREW: Precourt, Gorie, Lawrence, Chang-Diaz, Kavandi, Ryumin, Thomas (down)
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 173 nautical miles/51.6 degrees
NOTE: Rework on a connector for Discovery's orbiter docking system and the new androgynous peripheral docking system is complete. Potable water servicing is in work today and modifications of the orbiter's external tank (ET) separation camera continue. Cycling tests on the right-hand ET umbilical door are under way and power redundancy tests on the orbiter's airlock are in work.

Tunnel adapter hatch "D" is being installed in Discovery's midbody today and functional tests on hatch "C" and "D" will precede tunnel adapter installation set for next Tuesday. Preparations are in work for main engine installation late next week. In the Vehicle Assembly Building, preparations continue for orbiter/ET mate on Thursday.

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

Payload premate test (March 24)
Tunnel adapter installation (March 31)
Shuttle main engine installation begins (April 2)
Crew Equipment Interface Test (April 4)

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: Technicians completed deservicing Endeavour's oxidizer lines last night and fuel line draining will resume on Thursday. Torque checks of the orbiter's left wing-to-fuselage attach bolts continue. The manipulator positioning mechanism that supports the robot arm is being installed in the orbiter's midbody.

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

Remove right-hand orbital maneuvering system pod (April 2)
Forward reaction control system removal (April 8)
Remote manipulator system or robot arm installed (April 9)

 

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