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Oct. 13, 1998
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19981013
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
10:21 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NOTE: Over the weekend, the Rotating Service Structure was retracted for Saturday's KSC Open House and extended in place around the Shuttle immediately following the event. On Monday, workers completed the HOST payload Interface Verification Test and HOST end-to-end testing is in work today. Discovery's midbody umbilical connections were made yesterday and leak checks are complete. Technicians have also removed a faulty mass memory unit (MMU) and replacement of MMU No. 2 is slated for Thursday. Tonight, workers will install the astronaut contingency space suits into the orbiter. Payload closeout activities are scheduled through the remainder of the week. Shuttle managers have gathered at KSC today for the STS-95 Flight Readiness Review and are expected to announce Oct. 29 as the official launch date for Shuttle Discovery.

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

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: Endeavour's aft compartment doors are installed and the engine compartment is closed-out for flight. Nose landing gear tire pressurization is complete. Final payload bay cleaning and radiator inspections are complete and the payload bay doors were closed last night in preparation for OPF roll out. Tonight, workers will perform the weight and center of gravity test and tomorrow Endeavour will be mounted on the orbiter transfer vehicle. The orbiter is expected to begin first motion to the Vehicle Assembly Building by late Wednesday night. By Thursday, Endeavour will be mated to the external tank and solid rocket boosters in VAB high bay 3.

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

Orbiter weight and center of gravity testing (Oct. 13)
Orbiter transfer to Vehicle Assembly Building for mate to external tank (Oct. 14 at midnight)
Shuttle rolls out to Pad 39A (Oct. 21 at about 7 a.m.)
Unity payload transferred to Pad 39A (Oct. 27)

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 (under review)
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: Technicians completed fuel line connections for the orbiter's auxiliary power units last week. Shuttle main engine installation begins Thursday and engine heat shield installation follows in two weeks.

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

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: Workers have removed the forward reaction control system simulator kit and will transfer it to the Hypergolic Maintenance Facility. The payload bay doors will be opened this week and the ferry flight tail cone will be removed today. Powered orbiter testing continues.

 

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