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April 10, 1998
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19980410
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
5:37 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: At Pad 39B, preparations for launch are on schedule. Hypergolic system pressurization is complete and launch countdown preparations are in work. The 43-hour countdown is slated to begin at 2 a.m. on Monday. Vertical stowage of the flight crew's systems is in work and orbiter aft compartment closeouts continue through Saturday. The STS-90 flight crew arrives at KSC Monday afternoon.

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

Orbiter aft compartment closeouts complete (April 11)
Launch countdown begins (April 13 at 2 a.m.)
Crew arrival (April 13 at 3:30 p.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: Discovery's midbody and aft compartment closeouts continue. The Crew Equipment Interface Test began today and tunnel adapter installation begins tonight. SPACEHAB tunnel installation is slated for early next week. Shuttle main engine and main propulsion system integrated testing resumes Monday. Main Engine heat shield installation is in work.

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

Shuttle main engine heatshield installation (April 11)
SPACEHAB tunnel installation (April 14)
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: Inspection of Endeavour's right-hand orbiter maneuvering system pod isolation valves is complete and good. Technicians will reset two recessed pins found on the OMS pod and reinstall the pod next week. Main propulsion system leak checks continue in the orbiter's aft compartment. Torque checks of the right wing-to-fuselage attach bolts continue.

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

Remote manipulator system installation complete (April 13)

 

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