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Nov. 3, 1998
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19981103
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
11:37 AM EST
Flight Day 6

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 11:49 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: Having passed the halfway mark on this flight, Shuttle Discovery continues to perform very well on orbit. 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. Mission managers do not currently plan to deploy the chute during Discovery's landing operations on Saturday. At Hangar AF, inspections of the STS-95 solid rocket boosters continue on schedule.

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, Endeavour's helium signature leak tests are in work today. Gaseous nitrogen servicing of the orbiter's water spray boiler No. 3 and main engine testing also occur this week. Endeavour's payload bay doors are open and payload testing is in work this week. The Unity connecting module will be installed in the orbiter's cargo bay Nov. 13 and functional testing of Unity's pressurized mating adapters No. 1 and No. 2 are scheduled today.

At about 6:30 p.m. today, the STS-88 flight crew is slated to arrive at KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility 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: Installation of Columbia's main engines is complete and engine securing is in work. Potable water servicing concluded yesterday. Orbiter landing gear functional and nose wheel steering checks are under way. Fuel cell verifications are also in progress. Preparations for the structural modal test continue. Solid rocket booster stacking operations continue 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: Work on Atlantis' aft compartment power control assembly is complete. Evaluations of the orbiter's flash evaporator system (FES) are also complete and the FES controller may need to be replaced. Leak checks on the external airlock are also in work.

 

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