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June 15, 1998
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19980615
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
1:24 PM EDT

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

MISSION: STS-95 -- SPACEHAB-SM, SPARTAN & HOST

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. EDT
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Nov. 7 at 12:04 p.m. EDT
MISSION DURATION: 8 days, 22 hours and 4 minutes
CREW: Brown, Lindsey, Parazynski, Robinson, Duque, Makai, Glenn
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 310 nautical miles/28.45 degrees
NOTE: Discovery was towed into OPF bay 2 Friday at about 11 p.m. following an on time landing at KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility. Over the weekend, draining of the orbiter's power reactant storage and distribution system was completed. Postflight inspections of Discovery's thermal protection system revealed 198 debris hits to the orbiter's outer surface. On the orbiter's lower surface, only 44 hits measured 1-inch or greater.

Payload bay door opening is slated for Thursday and payload removal follows on Friday. Technicians will remove the forward reaction control system on Thursday to accommodate planned thruster replacement work. Engineers will also begin evaluations of the troubled Ku-band system this week. Removal of the nozzles from the STS-91 solid rocket boosters is complete and shipment of the nozzles to Utah for final inspections occurs today.

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

VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105
LOCATION: OPF bay 1
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Dec. 3 time TBD
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Dec. 14 time TBD
MISSION DURATION: 11 days
CREW: Cabana, Sturckow, Currie, Ross, Newman
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 173 nautical miles/51.6 degrees
NOTE: Endeavour's water spray boiler checks continue. Technicians are conducting fit checks on the androgynous peripheral docking system to ensure compatibility with the International Space Station. Checks of a fuel cell relief valve panel are in work. Thursday, connections of the right-hand OMS pod crossfeed transfer lines begin and ammonia system servicing is scheduled this week.

MISSION: STS-93 -- Advanced X-ray Astrophysics Facility (AXAF)

VEHICLE: Columbia/OV-102
LOCATION: OPF bay 3
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Jan. 21, 1999 time TBD
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Jan. 26, 1999 time TBD
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 replace portions of Columbia's flight deck floor are complete. Drag chute installation is under way and torque checks of the wing-to-fuselage bolts continue. Checks of the flash evaporator system are in work today. The payload bay doors will be opened later this week to support Ku-band antenna deployment. Work to install Columbia's auxiliary power units No. 3 and No. 1 has been rescheduled for this Friday.

 

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