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Aug. 27, 1998
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19980827
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
3:44 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: Securing Discovery's main engines and main propulsion system leak and functional tests are complete. Potable water servicing is in progress and preparations for tunnel adapter installation have resumed. Today, technicians are installing the main engine heat shields and proceeding with integrated vehicle health monitoring hardware installation in the aft and midbody compartments. This afternoon the Ku-band antenna will be deployed and undergo electronic retests. In high bay 1 of the Vehicle Assembly Building, mating of the external tank and solid rocket boosters was completed Tuesday.

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

Tunnel adapter installation complete (Aug. 28)
Payload premate test (Aug. 28)
Crew Equipment Interface Test (Sept. 2)
Payload bay door closure (Sept. 8)
Orbiter roll over to VAB (Sept. 14)

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: Installation of Endeavour's transfer tunnel adapter is complete. Strongbacks have been installed on the payload bay doors and the right hand radiators are deployed. Power converter unit electrical mates are in work today. Workers have resumed main engine heat shield work. Electrical system testing on Endeavour's orbiter docking system is slated through today. This afternoon freon coolant loop No. 2 will be deserviced.

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

Power converter unit interface verification test complete (Sept. 1)
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: Functional checks of Columbia's fuel cells are complete. Troubleshooting of the fuel cell No. 2 pulse code modulator is under way. Technicians are also working to replace an overboard waste dump valve.

 

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