Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
April 13, 1998
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
11:17 AM EDT
KSC Public Affairs Contact: Joel Wells (fax 407-867-2692)
MISSION: STS-90 -- NEUROLAB
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: The launch countdown for mission STS-90 began on time today at 2 a.m. KSC managers are working no major issues at this time and launch preparations continue on schedule for lift-of on Thursday. Columbia's aft compartment closeouts are complete and replacement/reload of mass memory unit No. 1 concluded over the weekend.
Vertical stowage of the flight crew systems is in work and the first of three Neurolab late stow waves begin this afternoon. The STS-90 flight crew is slated to arrive at KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility at 3:30 p.m. today. They will participate in crew equipment fit checks, routine medical examinations and fly in the Shuttle Training Aircraft in the days leading up to launch.
Air Force weather forecasters are currently indicating only a 20 percent chance that weather conditions could prohibit launch activities on Thursday. The forecast calls for scattered clouds at 3,500 and 25,000 feet; visibility of at least 7 miles; winds from the southwest at 12-17 knots; a temperature of 81 degrees F and relative humidity of 60 percent. There is a slight chance for showers in Thursday's forecast. The 24-hour and 48-hour delay forecasts both indicate a 40 percent chance that weather could violate launch commit criteria.
SUMMARY OF BUILT-IN HOLDS FOR STS-90
T-TIME LENGTH OF HOLD HOLD BEGINS HOLD ENDS
T-27 hours 4 hours 6:00 p.m. Mon. 10:00 p.m. Mon.
T-19 hours 8 hours 6:00 a.m. Tues. 2:00 p.m. Tues.
T-11 hours 25 hours, 59 minutes 10:00 p.m. Tues. 11:59 p.m. Wed.
T-6 hours 1 hour 4:59 a.m. Thurs. 5:59 a.m. Thurs.
T-3 hours 2 hours 8:59 a.m. Thurs. 10:59 a.m. Thurs.
T-20 minutes 10 minutes 1:39 p.m. Thurs. 1:49 p.m. Thurs.
T-9 minutes 10 minutes 2:00 p.m. Thurs. 2:10 p.m. Thurs.
CREW FOR MISSION STS-90 Commander (CDR): Richard Searfoss
Pilot (PLT): Scott Altman
Mission Specialist (MS1): Rick Linnehan
Mission Specialist (MS2): Kay Hire
Mission Specialist (MS3): Dave Williams
Payload Specialist (PS1): Jay Buckey
Payload Specialist (PS2): James Pawelczyk
SUMMARY OF STS-90 LAUNCH DAY CREW ACTIVITIES
Thursday, April 16
7:00 a.m. Wake up
7:30 a.m. Breakfast
* 9:54 a.m. Crew photo
10:24 a.m. Weather briefing (CDR, PLT, MS2)
10:24 a.m. Don launch and entry suits (MS1, MS3, PS)
10:34 a.m. Don launch and entry suits (CDR, PLT, MS2)
*10:50 a.m. Suit up photo
*11:04 a.m. Depart for launch pad 39B
*11:34 a.m. Arrive at white room and begin ingress
*12:49 p.m. Close crew hatch
* 2:19 p.m. Launch
*Televised events (times may vary slightly)
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