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April 7, 1998
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19980407
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
2:38 PM EDT

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: Retests of the replaced integrated electronic assembly in the aft of the left-hand booster are complete and good. In Columbia's aft compartment, the external tank attach point ordnance canister modifications are complete. Orbiter midbody umbilical unit mate and leak checks are also complete.

Efforts to clean and reassemble the gaseous nitrogen system on the mobile launch platform are complete. Orbiter aft compartment closeouts continue through Saturday. Preparations to pickup the launch countdown on Monday are under way. Payload early stow activities are in work.

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

Ordance installation (April 8)
Flight crew equipment stowed (April 9)
Orbiter aft compartment closeouts complete (April 11)
Launch countdown begins (April 13 at 2 a.m.)

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: Electrical connections of the assembly power controller units that support the AMS payload are complete and interface verification testing is in work. Orbiter docking system voltage checks and lighting functional tests are complete. Discovery's main engine and main propulsion system integrated testing is in work. Payload premate testing concludes this week. Preparations for tunnel adapter installation are in work and the SPACEHAB tunnel will be installed Saturday. Body flap closeouts are under way.

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

Crew Equipment Interface Test (April 10)
Shuttle main engine heatshield installation (April 11)
SPACEHAB tunnel installation (April 13)
Payload bay doors closed (April 16)

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 the removal of Endeavour's right-hand OMS pod continue and removal begins tomorrow. Transfer of the OMS pod to the Hypergol Maintenance Facility is slated for Friday. Main propulsion system leak checks continue with hydrogen system tests in work. Helium system testing begins Thursday and liquid oxygen system testing will follow next week. Torque checks of the right wing-to-fuselage attach bolts continue.

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

Remove right-hand orbital maneuvering system pod (April 8)
Remote manipulator system installation complete (April 13)

 

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