Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
July 2, 1998
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
4:37 PM EDT
KSC Public Affairs Contact: Joel Wells (fax: 407-867-2692)
NOTE: At this time, KSC has not been directly affected by the wildfires spreading across central Florida. Heavy smoke is evident across the space center and visibility is severely reduced at times. Otherwise, there has been no impact to KSC operations.
MISSION: STS-95 -- SPACEHAB-SM, SPARTAN & HOST
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: Functional testing of Discovery's orbital maneuvering system is complete. Today, preparations to remove the Shuttle main engines are under way and checks of the main propulsion system are in work. Electrical demates of the orbiter docking system base are slated for Tuesday and removal of that assembly occurs later next week.
STS-95 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
Main engine heat shield removal begins (July 7)
OMS thruster replacement complete (July 10)
Remote manipulator system removal (July 15)
MISSION: STS-88 -- FIRST FLIGHT INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION
LOCATION: OPF bay 1
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Dec. 3 at 4:45 a.m. EST
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Dec. 14 at 12:45 a.m. EST
MISSION DURATION: 10 days, 20 hours
CREW: Cabana, Sturckow, Currie, Ross, Newman
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 173 nautical miles/51.6 degrees
NOTE: This week, technicians continue evaluations of Endeavour's fuel cell water relief valve to compare data with Discovery's leaky valve. Rework of the main engine heat shield attach points is under way. Next week, workers will test the orbiter's power reactant storage and distribution system.
MISSION: STS-93 -- Advanced X-ray Astrophysics Facility (AXAF)
LOCATION: OPF bay 3
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Jan. 21, 1999 at 11:37 a.m. EST
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Jan. 26, 1999 at 10:40 a.m. EST
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: Corrosion repair of Columbia's external tank umbilical doors continues. Workers are servicing the coolant loops for the orbiter's three fuel cells. Replacement of water spray boiler No. 3 is in progress. The radiators located in the Shuttle's payload bay will undergo functional tests this week. Auxiliary power units No. 1 and No. 3 will be installed beginning next Thursday.
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