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Oct. 23, 1998
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19981023
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
11:45 AM 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: KSC launch managers are not working any major concerns as preparations for the STS-95 launch countdown proceed on schedule. At the launch pad, ordnance closeouts are complete and Discovery's aft compartment doors are installed. Last night, installation of the robot arm elbow camera was delayed, but is now complete. Payload bay closeouts concluded this morning and the payload bay doors will be closed for flight midday today. This afternoon, workers will verify the torque of a few screws in the external airlock and flight crew equipment stowage will conclude tomorrow. Though managers are closely watching the tropical activity in the Caribbean, preliminary weather forecasts indicate favorable conditions for Thursday's launch of Shuttle Discovery.

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

Payload bay doors closed for flight (Oct. 23)
SPACEHAB late stow (Oct. 26)
Launch countdown begins (Oct. 26 at 8 a.m.)
Flight crew arrival at KSC (Oct. 26 at about 2 p.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: At Launch Pad 39A pad validations are complete. Last night, Endeavour's main engine tests began. Gusting winds at the pad prevented workers from executing planned hydraulic work today, but improving weather conditions will allow completion of the work next week. The Unity Connecting Module payload arrives at the pad Monday for installation into the payload changeout room. STS-88 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only): Unity payload arrives at Pad 39A (Oct. 26)

 

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