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April 27, 1998
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19980427
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
2:36 PM EDT

KSC Public Affairs Contact: Joel Wells (fax: 407-867-2692)

MISSION: STS-90 -- NEUROLAB
Flight Day 12

VEHICLE: Columbia/OV-102
LOCATION: On orbit
OFFICIAL KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: April 17, 1998 at 2:19 p.m. EDT
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: May 3 at 12:09 p.m. EDT
EXPECTED MISSION DURATION: 15 days, 21 hours, 50 minutes
CREW: Searfoss, Altman, Linnehan, Williams, Hire, Buckey, Pawelczyk
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 150 nautical miles/39 degrees
NOTE: Over the weekend, the flight crew completed efforts to bypass a leaky valve in Columbia's carbon dioxide removal system that threatened to shorten the mission. With retests of the repaired system successfully completed and all of Columbia's systems performing very well, mission managers are still entertaining the option of extending the mission by one day. Managers are expected to make an extension decision on Wednesday.

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 were completed over the weekend. The orbiter is expected to begin its move from Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2 to the Vehicle Assembly Building this afternoon. Discovery will be mated to the super lightweight tank in high bay 1 tonight and the entire Shuttle stack is scheduled for transport to Pad 39A later this week.

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

Rollout to Pad 39A (no earlier than May 2)
Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (May 5-6)

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: under review
LAUNCH WINDOW: 10 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: under review
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: Endeavour's power reactant storage and distribution checks are in work. Preparations for right-hand orbiter maneuvering system pod functional checks are under way. Technicians are replacing window No. 1 today. Preparations for remote manipulator system installation continue. Functional tests of the orbiter/external tank umbilical doors are scheduled to occur this week.

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

Remote manipulator system installation complete (April 27)

 

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