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Aug. 24, 1998
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19980824
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
12:43 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. 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: Last week, Discovery's main engines were installed. On Saturday, KSC technicians began precautionary efforts to secure Discovery, Endeavour and Columbia in their respective OPF bays due to the threat of Hurricane Bonnie. Discovery's payload bay doors were closed and the orbiter was powered down. Managers will continue to monitor the hurricane's status and hope to resume processing later today. Once the decision to proceed is made, workers will power up the orbiter and launch processing system, open the payload doors and deploy the Ku band antenna. Also, main engine securing and pump torque checks are scheduled. Payload premate testing will follow payload bay door opening. Work delays due to hurricane preparedness efforts are not expected to impact any major Shuttle processing milestones.

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

Payload premate test (Aug. 24)
External tank and SRB mate (Aug. 25)
Crew Equipment Interface Test (Sept. 2)

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 11:14 p.m. EST
MISSION DURATION: 11 days, 18 hours and 29 minutes
CREW: Cabana, Sturckow, Currie, Ross, Newman, Krikalev
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 173 nautical miles/51.6 degrees
NOTE: Endeavour's power converter unit installation is complete. Functional checks on the orbiter docking system (ODS) were conducted last week and ODS electrical testing begins tomorrow. On Saturday, due to the threat of Hurricane Bonnie, Endeavour's payload bay doors were closed and the orbiter was powered down. Once processing resumes, workers will power up the orbiter and launch processing system and open the payload doors. Main engine heat shield attach point rework and tunnel adapter installation efforts will also resume.

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

Transfer tunnel adapter installation (Aug. 25)
Power converter unit interface verification test complete (Aug. 26)
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 11:26 a.m. EST
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Jan. 26, 1999 at 10:33 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: On Saturday, as a precaution due to the threat of Hurricane Bonnie, Columbia's payload bay doors were closed and the orbiter was powered down. Managers will continue to monitor the hurricane's status and hope to resume processing later today.

 

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