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Aug. 17, 1998
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19980817
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
11:55 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. EST
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Nov. 7 at 12:04 p.m. EST
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: Discovery's ammonia servicing work was completed Friday. Preparations are under way for Shuttle main engine installation this week. Installation and testing of the integrated vehicle health monitoring system continue and water spray boiler servicing is in progress. Standard torque checks of the wind to fuselage attach bolts are slated for today.

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

Shuttle main engine installation (Aug. 19)
Payload premate test (Aug. 21)
External tank and SRB mate (Aug. 24)
Crew Equipment Interface Test (Aug. 27)

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: Cable testing of Endeavour's orbiter docking system is in work and ODS functional testing begins tomorrow. Replacement of the orbiter's aft hatch seal is under way and leak checks will follow. Installation of power converter units No. 1 and No. 2 continues. Tunnel adapter installation begins Friday.

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

Transfer tunnel adapter installation (Aug. 21)
Power converter unit interface verification test (Aug. 24)
Shuttle main engine installation complete (Sept. 4)

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: In the Orbiter Processing Facility, technicians have completed rework of hypergolic ground support equipment that will support Columbia this processing flow. Preparations for ball valve leak checks are in work today. Orbiter window No. 5 is being installed this week. The STS-93 super lightweight external fuel tank arrived at KSC last week and was moved into the VAB transfer aisle yesterday.

 

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