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May 11, 1998
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19980511
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
11:36 AM EDT

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

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

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
LOCATION: Launch Pad 39A
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: June 2 at about 6:10 p.m. EDT
LAUNCH WINDOW: 7-10 minutes
MIR DOCKING DATE/TIME: June 4 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 2:03 p.m. EDT
MISSION DURATION: about 9 days, 19 hours, 53 minutes
CREW: Precourt, Gorie, Lawrence, Chang-Diaz, Kavandi, Ryumin, Thomas (down)
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 173 nautical miles/51.6 degrees
NOTE: Replacement of Discovery's master event controller No. 1 and the change-out of multiplexer demultiplexer No. 4 are complete. Over the weekend, technicians completed work on the mobile launch platform's gaseous nitrogen system. The payload bay doors are closed and crew module/SPACEHAB pressure leak checks are complete.

Loading of hypergolic propellant into Discovery's onboard storage tanks is under way, with oxidizer loading in work today and fuel loading slated for tomorrow. Preparations for next Monday's tanking test of the new super lightweight external tank are ongoing this week.

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

Open payload bay doors for SPACEHAB/AMS testing (May 13)
Tanking test of first super lightweight external 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: No earlier than Sept. 3 (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: Replacement of the yaw actuator on Endeavour's main engine No. 2 is complete. Window No. 4 has been removed and replacement occurs this week. Drag chute installation is in work and preparations for radiator deployment and inspection begin today.

MISSION: STS-93 -- Advanced X-ray Astrophysics Facility (AXAF)

VEHICLE: Columbia/OV-102
LOCATION: OPF bay 3
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: no earlier than Dec. 3 at 2:50 p.m.
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Dec. 8 at 1:57 p.m.
LAUNCH WINDOW: 43 minutes
MISSION DURATION: 4 days, 23 hours, 7 minutes
CREW: Collins, Ashby, Hawley, Coleman, Tognini
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 153 nautical miles/28.45 degrees
NOTE: Post-flight inspections of Columbia's main engines are complete. Main landing gear wheel and tire removal begins today. Orbiter power system validations are complete and forward reaction control system functional tests pick up tomorrow. The payload bay doors are open and workers have demated Neurolab's electrical connections. Payload removal is slated for tomorrow.

STS-93 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):

Neurolab removal from payload bay (May 12)
Tunnel adapter removal (May 14)
Main engine heat shield removal (May 20)
Shuttle main engine removal (May 21)

 

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