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Oct. 24, 1998
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19981024
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
10:36 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: Final preparations to begin the STS-95 launch countdown are on schedule. At the launch pad yesterday, workers successfully completed torque verifications in the external airlock. Payload bay closeouts are complete and the payload bay doors are closed for flight. Flight crew equipment stowage is in work today. Forecasters are monitoring the progress of Hurricane Mitch in the Caribbean, but preliminary weather forecasts indicate generally favorable conditions for Thursday's launch of Shuttle Discovery. Launch managers will receive an official weather briefing from Air Force weather forecasters Monday. The flight crew is slated to arrive at KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility Monday at about 2 p.m.

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

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: Endeavour's main engine testing concluded last night. Orbiter hydraulic work will resume 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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