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April 30, 1998
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19980430
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
3:04 PM EDT

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

MISSION: STS-90 -- NEUROLAB
Flight Day 14

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: Space Shuttle Columbia's onboard systems continue to perform well on orbit as the flight crew wraps up their neurological research activities. NASA managers decided today that Columbia will return to Earth as scheduled on Sunday, May 3. With preliminary weather forecasts indicating favorable conditions to support a Shuttle landing at KSC on Sunday, mission managers are not calling on Edwards Air Force Base, CA, to support Sunday's landing activities. The first Sunday landing opportunity at KSC is at 12:09 p.m. EDT with a second opportunity at 1:43 p.m. EDT.

MISSION: STS-91 -- 9TH AND FINAL MIR DOCKING, SPACEHAB-SM

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
LOCATION: VAB high bay 1
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: June 2 at about 6:10 p.m. EDT
LAUNCH WINDOW: 7-10 minutes
MIR DOCKING DATE/TIME: June 6 at about 12:59 p.m.
MIR UNDOCKING DATE/TIME: June 8 at about 12:01 p.m.
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: June 12 at about 2:16 p.m. EDT
MISSION DURATION: about 9 days, 20 hours, 6 minutes
CREW: Precourt, Gorie, Lawrence, Chang-Diaz, Kavandi, Ryumin, Thomas (down)
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 173 nautical miles/51.6 degrees
NOTE: Discovery has been hard-mated to the new Super Lightweight External Tank in VAB high bay 1 and umbilical interface connections continue on schedule. The Shuttle Interface Test began yesterday and will conclude tomorrow. Discovery is scheduled to begin its roll out to Pad 39A on Saturday, May 2 at about 3 a.m., atop the mobile launch platform and crawler transporter.

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

Rollout to Pad 39A (May 2)
Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (May 6-7)
Tanking test of first Super Lightweight Tank (May 18)
Flight Readiness Review (May 20)

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
MISSION DURATION: 10 days, 19 hours
CREW: Cabana, Sturckow, Currie, Ross, Newman
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 173 nautical miles/51.6 degrees
NOTE: Testing of Endeavour's power reactant storage and distribution system is complete. Installation of the remote manipulator arm is slated to begin today. Right-hand orbiter maneuvering system pod interface testing continues. Functional tests of the orbiter/external tank umbilical doors are scheduled for this week. The main propulsion system liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen systems are slated for leak and functional tests this week as well.

 

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