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Oct. 21, 1998
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19981021
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
4:59 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: Discovery’s aft compartment closeouts and flight crew equipment stowage continue on schedule. The orbiter’s aft compartment doors will be installed at midnight tomorrow. Ordnance installation is in work through Thursday. Payload bay closeouts begin tomorrow and the payload bay doors will be closed for flight tomorrow night. Routine prelaunch inspections of the external tank and solid rocket boosters are slated for tomorrow.

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

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: Launch Pad 39A
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 now hard down on Launch Pad 39A. The Shuttle began its 3.4-mile trip from the Vehicle Assembly Building to the pad at about 2:18 a.m. today. Launch pad validations are under way and tonight workers will conduct a planned hot fire of Endeavour’s auxiliary power units No. 1 and No. 3. The Rotating Service Structure will be extended around the vehicle early Thursday morning and main engine flight readiness testing follows later in the day. The Unity Connecting Module payload arrives at the pad Monday for installation in the pad’s payload changeout room.

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

Auxiliary power unit hot fire test (Oct. 21)
Launch pad validations (Oct. 21 - 22)
Unity payload arrives at Pad 39A (Oct. 26)

 

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