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Nov. 2, 1998
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19981102
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
2:04 PM EST
Flight Day 5

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

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
LOCATION: On Orbit
OFFICIAL KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Oct. 29 at 2:19:34 p.m. EST
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Nov. 7 at about 11:50 a.m. EST
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: Space Shuttle Discovery continues to provide an excellent platform for research activities under way on mission STS-95. All systems onboard Discovery are operating very well.

Today at about 7:45 a.m., technicians began inspections on the STS-95 solid rocket boosters in Hangar AF. Over the weekend, workers retrieved the video camera that had been installed inside the left booster's forward assembly segment. Footage from that camera is being evaluated by Shuttle external fuel tank and orbiter engineers as part of an ongoing study on how debris contributes to orbiter tile damage.

Evaluations of Discovery's drag chute door continue and preliminary reports indicate that the drag chute remains inside its housing in the orbiter's aft compartment and has not been inadvertently deployed. Mission managers do not currently plan to deploy the chute during Discovery's landing operations on Saturday.

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: The Unity connecting module arrived at Launch Pad 39A last week and was installed in the payload changeout room on Oct. 26. Last Wednesday, cable routing was completed for the ground support equipment used during payload verification tests. Endeavour's payload bay doors are open and payload testing is in work this week. Unity will be installed in the orbiter's cargo bay Nov. 13.

Endeavour's helium signature leak tests begin tomorrow and preparations are in work today. Gaseous nitrogen servicing of the orbiter's water spray boiler No. 3 and main engine testing also occur this week.

Tomorrow, the STS-88 flight crew arrives at KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility at about 6:30 p.m. to participate in this week's Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test activities. The crew will be briefed on orbiter and payload operations while at KSC. They will practice emergency egress activities Thursday and conduct a launch day dress rehearsal on Friday.

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

Flight Crew arrival at KSC (Nov. 3 at about 6:30 p.m.)
Unity payload interface verification testing (Nov. 9)
Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (Nov. 5 and 6)
Unity installed inside orbiter payload bay (Nov. 13)

MISSION: STS-93 -- Advanced X-ray Astrophysics Facility (AXAF)

VEHICLE: Columbia/OV-102
LOCATION: OPF bay 3
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: no earlier than March 18, time TBD
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: no earlier than March 23, time TBD
LAUNCH WINDOW: 47 minutes
MISSION DURATION: 5 days
CREW: Collins, Ashby, Hawley, Coleman, Tognini
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 153 nautical miles/28.45 degrees
NOTE: Adjustments of Columbia's freon coolant loops No. 1 and No. 2 are complete. Ku-band system tests are also complete. Shuttle main engine installation is in work with engines No. 1 and No. 2 already in place. Structural modal test preparations are under way and auxiliary power unit leak and functional checks are in work. Solid rocket booster stacking operations have resumed in the Vehicle Assembly Building.

MISSION: STS-101 -- 3rd INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION FLIGHT
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' simulated orbiter maneuvering system pods was completed last week. The orbiter's aft compartment power control assembly is undergoing some work this week as orbiter receiving inspections continue. Leak checks on the external airlock are also in work.

 

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