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Oct. 16, 1998
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19981016
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
2:45 PM EDT

MISSION: STS-95 -- SPACEHAB-SM, SPARTAN & HOST

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
LOCATION: Launch Pad 39B
KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. EST
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Nov. 7 at 11:49 a.m. EST
LAUNCH WINDOW: 2 hours and 30 minutes
MISSION DURATION: 8 days, 21 hours and 49 minutes
CREW: Brown, Lindsey, Parazynski, Robinson, Duque, Mukai, Glenn
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 300 nautical miles/28.45 degrees
NOTE: Pressure decay tests on Discovery's crew cabin and SPACEHAB module are complete. Mass memory unit (MMU) No. 2 was installed in the orbiter yesterday and MMU loading occurs today. SPACEHAB early stow activities are in work today and preparations are under way for next week's orbiter aft compartment closeouts.

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

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 at 8 a.m.)

MISSION: STS-88 -- 1ST FLIGHT INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION
UNITY CONNECTING MODULE

VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105
LOCATION: VAB high bay 3
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Dec. 3 at about 3:55 a.m. EST
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Dec. 14 at about 10:19 p.m. EST
LAUNCH WINDOW: 5 - 10 minutes
MISSION DURATION: 11 days, 18 hours
CREW: Cabana, Sturckow, Currie, Ross, Newman, Krikalev
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 173 nautical miles/51.6 degrees
NOTE: Endeavour is hard mated to the external tank in Vehicle Assembly Building high bay 3. Tail service mast mates are in work today. KSC launch controllers are conducting the standard launch countdown simulation today in firing room No. 3. Umbilical mates and leak checks are slated for tonight. The Shuttle Interface Test begins at about 3 a.m. on Monday. The Shuttle is scheduled to roll out to Launch Pad 39A on Wednesday beginning at 7 a.m.

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

Shuttle rolls out to Pad 39A (Oct. 21 at about 7 a.m.)
Launch pad validations (Oct. 21 - 22)
Auxiliary power unit hot fire test (Oct. 22)
Unity payload arrives at Pad 39A (Oct. 27 at about 2 a.m.)

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: The AXAF payload is now expected to arrive at KSC in early January and the payload premate test will move accordingly to mid-November. Shuttle managers are reviewing the impact to the STS-93 major milestones.

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: Preparations are in work for removal of Atlantis' simulated orbiter maneuvering system pods on Monday. Technicians continue to gain access to the orbiter's midbody compartment and receiving inspections proceed on schedule. Orbiter electrical system validations continue and troubleshooting of the aft compartment power control assembly are in work.

 

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