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Aug. 31, 1998
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19980831
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
1:12 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: Over the weekend, workers completed installation of Discovery's main engine heat shields. Installation of the integrated vehicle health monitoring (IVHM) system brackets are complete and IVHM sensor installation is nearing completion. Today, technicians are conducting orbiter integrated hydraulic testing and preparing for tunnel adapter installation slated to occur later today. Closeouts of the orbiter's midbody compartment continue in preparation for Wednesday's Crew Equipment Interface Test. Testing of the Ku-band antenna continues. In high bay 1 of the Vehicle Assembly Building, external tank and solid rocket booster mating closeouts are ongoing.

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

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 the forward extension of Endeavour's transfer tunnel is complete. Connection of the orbiter docking system pyrotechnic devices and servicing of freon coolant loop No. 2 are also complete. Main engine heat shield inspections and the power converter unit interface verification test are in work.

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

Power converter unit IVT complete (Sept. 1)
Shuttle main engine installation (Sept. 10)

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: Troubleshooting of the fuel cell No. 2 pulse code modulator continues. Technicians are also working to replace an overboard waste dump valve.

 

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