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Oct. 2, 1998
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19981002
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
12:09 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 the launch pad yesterday, workers completed preparations for Discovery's helium signature leak test. The leak test began this morning and concludes this afternoon. Routine leak checks of the orbiter's onboard liquid oxygen storage tanks are also in work today. The Spartan payload interface verification test (IVT) concluded yesterday and the SPACEHAB IVT is under way today.

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: Workers will complete efforts to stow Endeavour's flight crew equipment today. The STS-88 Shuttle crew will participate in the Crew Equipment Interface Test this Saturday, familiarizing themselves with the orbiter's midbody and crew compartments. Yesterday, secondary payload installation was completed and the Ku-band system retest was performed.

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 are complete and functional tests of the entire waste control system are slated for next week. Preparations for next week's payload premate test continue. Leak checks on the orbiter's auxiliary power unit exhaust ducts are in work today. Preparations for upcoming structural tests on the orbiter's body flap and elevon continue.

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 continue to gain access inside orbiter Atlantis to conduct standard receiving inspections. Next week, technicians will focus on removing the various components required for ferry flight operations.

 

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