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May 14, 1998
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19980514
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
11:28 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: Close-outs of Discovery's aft compartment continue in preparation for Monday's tanking test of the first super lightweight external tank. Shuttle integrated voltage tests begin today. Yesterday, technicians opened the orbiter's payload bay doors and completed SPACEHAB tunnel leak checks. SPACEHAB interface verification testing (IVT) is under way and the AMS IVT is set for Friday.

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

AMS interface verification test (May 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: Hydraulic pressurization tests of Endeavour's main engine thrust vector control and elevons are complete. Leak checks on the orbiter maneuvering system oxidizer valves are also complete. Hydraulic leak checks of the main landing gear struts are scheduled to begin today. Endeavour's radiators will be stowed in the orbiter's midbody 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: Columbia's nose landing gear wheel and tire inspections are complete. Removal of the GAS canisters from the orbiter's middeck was completed yesterday. Today, preparations for hypergolic deservicing are in work. Workers will also remove the forward extension of the Spacelab transfer tunnel later today.

STS-93 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
Main engine heat shield removal (May 20)
Shuttle main engine removal (May 21)

 

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