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Oct. 5, 1998
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19981005
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
12:30 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: On Friday, Discovery's helium signature leak test was successfully completed and the Spartan payload interface verification test (IVT) was also performed. Over the weekend, the SPACEHAB IVT was completed and the orbiter's payload bay doors were closed. Loading of hypergolic propellants into the orbiter's onboard storage tanks begins today with oxidizer loading. Fuel loading occurs tomorrow. Preparations for Friday's Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test are in work. The STS-95 flight crew arrives tomorrow to begin familiarization activities at KSC prior to the actual dress rehearsal on Friday.

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)
Flight Readiness Review (Oct. 13)
SPACEHAB early stow (Oct. 16)
Orbiter aft compartment closeouts begin (Oct. 19)
Payload bay doors closed for flight (Oct. 22)
SPACEHAB late stow (Oct. 26)
Launch countdown begins (Oct. 26)

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: On Saturday, the STS-88 flight crew and KSC Shuttle workers conducted the Crew Equipment Interface Test. Inspection activities were conducted in Endeavour's midbody and crew compartments. Workers are installing two secondary payloads in the cargo bay today. Hydraulic checks on Shuttle main engine No. 2 are scheduled today and robot arm checks begin this afternoon. Final testing of the Ku-band antenna system and final inspections of the orbiter's radiator and payload bay are scheduled in preparation for next Monday's transfer of Endeavour to the Vehicle Assembly Building.

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

Payload bay door closure (Oct. 6)
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 mechanical systems are undergoing checks today. Functional tests of the waste collection system are scheduled this week. Preparations for the payload premate test continue. Next week, main engine installation begins followed by heat shield installation.

STS-93 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):

Payload premate test (Oct. 13)
Shuttle main engine installation complete (Oct. 15)
Engine heat shield installation complete (Oct. 28)

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: Access platforms continue to be installed in and around Atlantis as technicians proceed with standard receiving inspections. Preparations are under way for orbiter power system validations tomorrow. Workers are also occupied with efforts to deconfigure the orbiter from the recent ferry flight setup.

 

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