NASA News

Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
321-867-2468


July 27, 1998
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19980727
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
2:52 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: Thruster replacement work on Discovery's right-hand orbital maneuvering system (OMS) pod and subsequent leak checks and X-rays are complete. Functional checks of Discovery's newly installed crew seats are also complete. Over the weekend, technicians removed the leaky fuel cell No. 3 water relief valve and today, installation of a replacement valve is scheduled. Discovery's forward reaction control system will be delivered to the OPF today for installation into the orbiter later this week.

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

Orbiter docking base removal complete (July 28)
Forward reaction control system installation complete (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: Removal of Endeavour's remote manipulator system (RMS) is complete and repair of the RMS will follow. Testing of the orbiter's microwave scanning beam landing system is complete. Payload premate testing begins later this week.

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

Payload premate test complete (July 30)
Transfer tunnel adapter installation complete (July 31)

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: Calibration of Columbia's main propulsion system pressure transducer is complete. Replacement of the orbiter's overboard waste valve is in work and water spray boiler servicing continues. This week, workers will conduct pressure tests on the orbiter's flash evaporator system and install window No. 1.

ATLANTIS/OV-104 - Orbiter Maintenance Down Period (OMDP)
UPDATE: Orbiter Atlantis continues to undergo its planned OMDP for inspections, maintenance and enhancements in Palmdale, CA. Last week technicians completed the structural inspection portion of the overhaul reporting no significant problems. Work on the elevon flipper doors is also finished. Improvements to Atlantis' cockpit are nearing completion. Atlantis is scheduled to return to KSC on Sept. 30 to begin processing for its next mission.

 

- end -


text-only version of this release

To receive status reports and news releases issued from the Kennedy Space Center Newsroom electronically, send a blank e-mail message to ksc-subscribe@newsletters.nasa.gov. To unsubscribe, send a blank e-mail message to ksc-unsubscribe@newsletters.nasa.gov. The system will confirm your request via e-mail.