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Sept. 30, 1998
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19980930
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
12:06 PM 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: At Launch Pad 39B, Discovery's payload bay doors were opened yesterday. Today workers will install the vertical payloads into the orbiter. The new Space-to-Space Orbiter Radio (SSOR) will be installed and tested today. SSOR is being tested for use during the International Space Station (ISS) construction process and will facilitate communication between Shuttle crew members, space walking astronauts and ISS crew members without relying on ground stations for transmission. Preparations are under way for tomorrow's helium signature leak test.

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

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: Fuel servicing of Endeavour's auxiliary power units was performed yesterday. Auxiliary power converter unit inspections began yesterday and will conclude today. Functional tests on the orbiter's main landing gear are in work. Tomorrow, workers will stow the flight crew equipment in preparation for the Crew Equipment Interface Test on Saturday. Preparations for payload bay door closure are under way.

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 waste tank leak checks continue today. Preparations for next week's payload premate test are in work. Servicing of the auxiliary power unit fuel lines is in progress. The orbiter's body flap and elevon vertical tiles are being removed to support upcoming structural testing.

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 lowered onto hydraulic jacks in the OPF yesterday. Workers are gaining access to the aft engine compartment today and post ferry flight inspections are under way. Technicians will be occupied with efforts to deconfigure Atlantis from its ferry flight setup over the next two weeks. Removal of the simulated forward reaction control pod and orbiter maneuvering system pods begins late next week.

 

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