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May 13, 1998
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19980513
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
10:48 AM EDT

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

MISSION: STS-91 -- 9TH AND FINAL MIR DOCKING, SPACEHAB-SM, Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (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 is complete. Today, technicians will begin close-outs of the orbiter's aft compartment in preparation for Monday's tanking test of the first super lightweight external tank. Shuttle integrated voltage tests are scheduled for today. Opening of the orbiter's payload bay doors is under way and SPACEHAB interface verification testing (IVT) begins this morning. The AMS payload will undergo its IVT on Friday.

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

SPACEHAB/AMS IVT (May 13-15)
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)

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: Leak and functional testing of the gaseous oxygen system on Endeavour's main propulsion system is complete. Radiator lower surface inspections and window No. 4 installation are also complete. Hydraulic pressurization tests of the main engine thrust vector control and elevons 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 brake assembly is complete. Downloading of the orbiter's experiment recorder data to the ground support equipment is also complete. Yesterday, workers removed Neurolab and the Spacelab transfer tunnel from Columbia's payload bay. Today, preparations for hypergolic deservicing are in work. Nose landing gear wheel and tire inspections and GAS canister removal efforts begin today.

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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