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May 15, 1998
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19980515
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
1:44 PM 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: Retests of Discovery's replaced master event controller and multiplexer/demultiplexer were successfully completed yesterday. Aft compartment close-outs continue in preparation for testing of the first super lightweight external tank. Liquid hydrogen loading is slated to begin Monday at about 7 a.m. and liquid oxygen loading follows at 10:20 a.m. SPACEHAB interface verification testing is complete and the AMS IVT is scheduled to begin this afternoon. Following the AMS IVT, Discovery's payload bay doors will be closed. The Rotating Service Structure will be retracted on Sunday in preparation for the tanking test.

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: Endeavour's radiators are stowed in the orbiter's midbody and the payload bay doors have been closed to support inspections. Hydraulic leak checks of the main landing gear struts 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: Preparations for Columbia's hypergolic deservicing are complete. Removal of the Spacelab tunnel forward extension is also complete. Draining of the orbiter maneuvering system propellant tanks is under way.

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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