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May 12, 1998
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19980512
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
10:53 AM EDT

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

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

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. EDT
MIR UNDOCKING DATE/TIME: June 8 at about 12:01 p.m. EDT
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: Loading of hypergolic propellant into Discovery's onboard storage tanks continues. Oxidizer loading is complete and fuel loading begins today. Preparations for next Monday's tanking test of the new super lightweight external tank continue.

Tomorrow, the payload bay doors will be reopened and SPACEHAB testing will begin. On Friday, the AMS payload will undergo orbiter interface verification tests.

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 19)

MISSION: STS-88 -- FIRST FLIGHT INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION
(NODE-1 (Unity), 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: Endeavour's radiator deployment is complete and inspections of the radiator's lower surface are in work today. This week technicians will conduct leak and functional testing of the gaseous oxygen system on the orbiter's main propulsion system. Preparations to install window No. 4 are in work.

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: Removal of Columbia's main landing gear wheels and tires is complete. Brake assembly removal is slated for today. Functional checks of the orbiter's forward reaction control system (FRCS) are also complete and FRCS disconnection begins later today. Neurolab removal efforts began this morning.

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

Tunnel adapter removal (May 14)
Main engine heat shield removal (May 20)
Shuttle main engine removal (May 21)

 

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