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Oct. 19, 1998
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19981019
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
1:33 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: Mass memory unit (MMU) No. 2, now on board Discovery, was loaded and retested on Friday. SPACEHAB early stow was also completed last week. Orbiter aft compartment closeouts are in work today. Flight crew equipment stowage begins today and continues through Friday. Ordnance installation occurs Tuesday through Thursday. Payload bay closeouts begin Thursday and the payload bay doors will be closed for flight later that evening.

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: Shuttle Endeavour is located in Vehicle Assembly Building high bay 3. KSC launch controllers completed launch countdown simulation exercises Friday in firing room No. 3. Orbiter and external tank mating concluded Saturday. The Shuttle Interface Test is under way and umbilical leak checks are in work. Endeavour is scheduled to roll out to Launch Pad 39A early Wednesday morning. The threat of thunderstorms on Wednesday has Shuttle managers considering a 2 a.m. first motion time for the Shuttle's roll out from the VAB.

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

Shuttle rolls out to Pad 39A (Oct. 21 at about 2 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: Preparation is in work for Columbia's November payload premate test. The AXAF payload is now expected to arrive at KSC in early January. 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: Removal of Atlantis' left-hand simulated orbiter maneuvering system pod is in progress. Receiving inspections proceed on schedule. Orbiter electrical system validations continue and troubleshooting of the aft compartment power control assembly continues.

 

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