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July 30, 1998
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19980730
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
11:54 AM 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: Work continues on Discovery's replaced fuel cell No. 3 water relief valve. Preparations to install the orbiter's forward reaction control system are complete and installation begins tonight. FRCS interface verification testing (IVT) starts Monday. Fuel cell voltage testing is scheduled for tomorrow. Installation of the integrated vehicle health monitoring system (IVHM) begins today and continues through next week. IVHM is part of the Shuttle upgrade effort to reduce ground processing time and improve real-time insight into an orbiter's performance in-flight through a modernized onboard instrumentation system. Auxiliary power unit and main propulsion system leak and functional tests are slated for next week.

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

Forward reaction control system IVT (Aug. 3)
Main propulsion system leak and functional test (Aug. 5)
Auxiliary power unit leak and functional test (Aug. 6)

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, Krikalev
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 173 nautical miles/51.6 degrees
NOTE: Endeavour's payload premate test is in work. Main engine heat shield attach point rework continues. The orbiter's waste collection system will undergo functional tests later today. Tunnel adapter installation is planned for early next week.

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

Transfer tunnel adapter installation complete (Aug. 7)

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: Yesterday, technicians removed Columbia's gaseous nitrogen tank to gain access to power control assembly No. 1 and digital command assembly No. 1 for replacement. The new PCA and DCA will be installed later today. Hydraulic pump connection to auxiliary power units No. 1 and No. 3 is under way. Window No. 1 is being installed and orbiter window polishing begins Monday.

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.

 

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