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May 27, 1998
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19980527
 
 
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
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
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: Preparations to begin the launch countdown for mission STS-91 on Saturday continue on schedule. Discovery's payload bay doors were closed for flight yesterday afternoon. Ordnance connections on the solid rocket boosters are complete and pyrotechnic initiator controller (PIC) checks are in work today. Drain and refill of the orbiter maneuvering system oxidizer tank follow PIC checks this afternoon. Discovery's aft main engine compartment close-outs are on a scheduled hold today due to planned launch pad clears and will resume tomorrow. The STS-91 flight crew arrives at KSC Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

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

Ordnance installation complete (May 29)
Orbiter aft compartment close-outs begin (May 30)
Begin launch countdown (May 30 at 9 p.m.)

MISSION: STS-88 -- FIRST FLIGHT INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION
UNITY (Node-1)

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: Technicians have completed inspections and measurements of Endeavour's payload bay door seals. The forward reaction control system was delivered to Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1 yesterday and will be installed into the orbiter tonight. Auxiliary power unit leak and functional testing is in work this week. In the Vehicle Assembly Bay, solid rocket booster joint close-outs continue.

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: Efforts to remove Columbia's extended duration orbiter (EDO) pallet are in work. Orbiter maneuvering system functional testing continues. Main propulsion system and water spray boiler No. 3 inspections also continue. Removal and replacement of the nose landing gear wheels and tires is in work.

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

Auxiliary power unit lubrication oil off-load (May 28)
EDO pallet removal complete (May 28)

 

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