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June 29, 1998
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19980629
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
1:45 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: With evaluation of Discovery's Ku-band antenna now complete, engineers have determined that an electronic failure caused the data transmission problem experienced on STS-91. The system's deployment assembly will be replaced. Today, orbiter maneuvering system functional testing is in work. Leak tests on the flash evaporator system are under way and troubleshooting of the fuel cell water relief valve continues. Technicians will set up platforms in the orbiter's midbody today to gain access to the orbiter docking system. Electrical demates of the docking system base begin tomorrow.

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

Orbiter docking system base removal (July 6)
OMS thruster replacement complete (July 10)
Remote manipulator system removal (July 15)
Main engine heat shield removal (July 15)

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: Leak checks on Endeavour's right-hand orbiter maneuvering system cross-feed lines are complete. Technicians are checking Endeavour's fuel cell water relief valve to compare data with Discovery's leaky valve. Cycling of the nose landing gear is in work and checks of the power reactant storage and distribution system are under way. Water spray boiler servicing begins today.

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: Replacement of Columbia's water spray boiler No. 3 and servicing of all three orbiter fuel cells are in work. Corrosion repair of the external tank umbilical doors is ongoing. Window No. 1 replacement occurs tomorrow.

 

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