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July 23, 1998
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19980723
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
4:18 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: Shuttle Discovery’s main engine heat shields were removed July 9 and the engines were pulled July 10. The orbiter maneuvering system (OMS) has undergone evaluation and troubleshooting in recent weeks due to problem indications during the STS-91 flight. Three of Discovery’s right-hand OMS pod thrusters have been replaced and leak checks are in work today. Also, a propellant valve position indicator on the left-hand OMS pod was replaced yesterday. Earlier this week, the main propulsion system’s liquid oxygen system underwent routine leak and functional tests. Today, preparations are under way to cut out the orbiter’s leaky water relief valve. Removal of the fuel cell No. 3 relief valve occurs tomorrow.

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

Orbiter docking base removal (July 27)
Forward reaction control system installation (July 30)

MISSION: STS-88 -- FIRST FLIGHT INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION
UNITY connecting module

VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105
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: Endeavour’s modular auxiliary data system interface verification is complete. Preparations for remote manipulator system (RMS) removal are also complete and the RMS is being removed from the orbiter today. Testing of the orbiter’s microwave scanning beam landing system is in progress.

STS-88 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):

Payload premate test (July 29)
Transfer tunnel adapter installation (July 30)

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 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, 3 minutes
CREW: Collins, Ashby, Hawley, Coleman, Tognini
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 153 nautical miles/28.45 degrees
NOTE: Installation of Columbia’s new lightweight commander and pilot seats is complete and functional tests on the seats are in work. Middeck locker installation is also complete. Servicing of the orbiter’s three freon coolant loops continues. Checkout and servicing of the water spray boiler and pressure tests of the flash evaporator system are under way. Columbia’s window No. 1 is being replaced this week.

 

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