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Sept. 14, 1998
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19980914
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
5:01 PM EDT

KSC Public Affairs Contact: Joel Wells (fax: 407-867-2692)

MISSION: STS-95 -- SPACEHAB-SM, SPARTAN & HOST

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
LOCATION: Vehicle Assembly Building
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
LAUNCH WINDOW: 2 hours and 30 minutes
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 performed weight and center of gravity tests on Space Shuttle Discovery before lowering it onto the orbiter transfer vehicle. At about 10 a.m. today, Discovery rolled out of KSC's Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2. The orbiter arrived in the Vehicle Assembly Building a short while later and was lifted from the orbiter transfer vehicle at about 4:30 p.m. Discovery will be soft mated to the external fuel tank at about 6 a.m. tomorrow. Hard mate connections will follow Tuesday and interface verification tests will be conducted prior to next Monday's rollout to Launch Pad 39B.

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

Shuttle rolls to Pad 39B (Sept. 21)
Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (Oct. 8-9)

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
LAUNCH WINDOW: 5 - 10 minutes
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: Workers completed electrical connections of Endeavour's auxiliary power converter unit. Shuttle main engine installation is complete and engine securing is in work. Replacement of radiator No. 2 is under way. The orbiter's radiators are being replaced by units outfitted with a new protective layer meant to reduce micro-meteorite impacts in flight. Functional tests on the robot arm continue and external airlock leak checks are in progress.

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

Integrated orbiter hydraulic testing (Sept. 21)
Crew Equipment Interface Test (Sept. 25)

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: 47 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: Hydrogen leak checks on Columbia's power reactant storage and distribution system continue. The orbiter's waste tank overboard dump valve is being replaced.

 

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