Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
April 14, 1998
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
12:20 PM 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: Launch preparations are proceeding on schedule. Yesterday, the pyrotechnic controllers on Columbia's external tank and solid rocket boosters were successfully tested. Earlier this morning, cryogenic reactants were successfully loaded into the orbiter's power reactant storage and distribution system. Orbiter midbody umbilical unit securing is in work and final preparations of the Shuttle main engines begin this afternoon. Neurolab late stow activities are also scheduled to resume this afternoon. Launch managers are working no major technical issues at this time.
The STS-90 flight crew arrived at KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility yesterday at about 4 p.m. Today they will undergo routine medical checks and finalize their mission flight plans.
Air Force weather officials have improved the launch day forecast, indicating a zero percent chance that weather conditions could prohibit launch activities on Thursday. The forecast calls for few clouds at 3,500 and scattered clouds at 25,000 feet; visibility of at least 7 miles; winds from the south at 12-18 knots; a temperature of 82 degrees F and relative humidity of 58 percent. Forecasters predict no chance of showers at launch time on Thursday. 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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