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Sept. 29, 1998
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19980929
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
10:41 AM EDT

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

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

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
LOCATION: Launch Pad 39B
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, Mukai, Glenn
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 300 nautical miles/28.45 degrees
NOTE: Launch pad validations are complete at pad 39B and the Rotating Service Structure has been extended around Shuttle Discovery. Installation of the vertical payloads into the pad's payload changeout room is complete and the orbiter's payload bay doors will be opened this morning. The SPACEHAB, Spartan and HOST payloads will be installed into the orbiter tomorrow and payload interface verification testing begins Thursday.

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

Vertical payloads installed into orbiter (Sept. 30)
Prelaunch hypergolic propellants loaded into onboard storage tanks (Oct. 5 - 7)
Flight crew arrival at KSC (Oct. 6 at about 3 p.m.)
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: Endeavour's payload bay doors remain open while the orbiter undergoes work in the midbody compartment. Cabin air circulation system inspection and maintenance is complete. Inspections of the orbiter's various onboard cameras continue. Potable water servicing and radiator functional tests are ongoing.

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

Crew Equipment Interface Test (Oct. 3)
Payload bay door closure (Oct. 7)
Orbiter weight and center of gravity testing (Oct. 10)
Orbiter transfer to Vehicle Assembly Building (Oct. 12)

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: Columbia's payload bay doors are open and cycling tests of the Ku-band electronics assembly are complete. Auxiliary power unit testing is in work today.

MISSION: STS-101 -- 3rd FLIGHT INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION
SPACEHAB-DM/ICC
VEHICLE: Atlantis/OV-104
LOCATION: OPF bay 2
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: August 5, 1999
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: August 15, 1999
LAUNCH WINDOW: 10 minutes
MISSION DURATION: 10 days
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 173 nautical miles/51.6 degrees
NOTE: Orbiter Atlantis was towed from the Shuttle Landing Facility to OPF bay 2 yesterday. With work platforms in place around the vehicle, technicians will begin deconfiguring Atlantis from its current ferry flight setup. Next week, the aerodynamic and protective tail cone will be removed from the Shuttle orbiter's aft engine compartment. Workers will powerup the vehicle Monday and the payload bay doors will be opened. Removal of the simulated orbiter maneuvering system pods begins late next week.

 

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