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June 18, 1998
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19980618
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
2:44 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: Technicians have gained access to Discovery's aft compartment and preparation for orbiter maneuvering system fuel tank draining is now in work. Yesterday, workers removed the orbiter's forward reaction control system and today it will be moved to the Hypergol Maintenance Facility for planned thruster replacement work. Initial inspection of the troubled Ku-band system is complete and engineering evaluation is under way. Payload demates are ongoing and payload removal occurs tomorrow. Dumping of the flight recorder data to ground support equipment is also complete. Shuttle main engine postflight inspections are in work this week.

STS-95 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):

Payload removal (June 19)
Hypergolic propellant off load complete (June 22)
Main engine heat shield removal (June 26)
Main engine removal (June 30)

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. Connection of the right-hand OMS pod crossfeed transfer lines is in work. Testing of the orbiter's network signal processor continues.

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: Checks of Columbia's flash evaporator system are complete. The orbiter's Ku-band antenna has been stowed in the payload bay and the doors will be closed today. Drag chute installation is in work today and electrical connections begin tomorrow. Window inspections are in work and polishing begins next week. Columbia's auxiliary power units No. 3 and No. 1 will be installed into the orbiter beginning Wednesday.

 

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