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Oct. 1, 1998
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19981001
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
12:56 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: The SPACEHAB, Spartan and HOST payloads were installed in Discovery's cargo bay yesterday at Launch Pad 39B. Orbiter hydraulic system closeouts are complete. The Space-to-Space Orbiter Radio (SSOR) has been installed and functional tests concluded last night. Preparations continue for tomorrow's helium signature leak test. The Spartan payload interface verification test is under way.

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: Endeavour's auxiliary power converter unit inspections concluded yesterday. Integrated hydraulic testing is complete and functional tests on the orbiter's main landing gear continue. Workers are stowing the flight crew equipment inside the orbiter's crew compartment in preparation for the Crew Equipment Interface Test on Saturday. Secondary payload installation is in work and preparations for payload bay door closure continue.

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. Preparations for next week's payload premate test are in work. Servicing of the auxiliary power unit fuel lines continues. Preparations for upcoming structural tests on the orbiter's body flap and elevon are in progress.

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: Workers are setting up platforms to gain access inside orbiter Atlantis. Technicians accessed the orbiter's aft engine compartment yesterday and routine receiving inspections are under way. Technicians continue with efforts to deconfigure Atlantis from its ferry flight setup over the next two weeks.

 

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