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Nov. 10, 1998
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19981110
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
10:20 AM EST

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 3:59 a.m. EST
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Dec. 14 at about 11:13 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, orbiter and secondary payload interface verification test (IVT) preparations are complete. Workers have also completed the IVT for Endeavour's primary payload, the Unity connecting module. Unity is slated for payload bay installation Nov. 13. This week, forward reaction control system connections are scheduled and preparations for next week's hypergolic propellant loading activities continue on schedule.

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

Unity installed inside orbiter payload bay (Nov. 13)
Payload sharp edge inspection (Nov. 16)
Prelaunch propellant loading (Nov. 17)
Orbiter aft compartment closeouts begin (Nov. 19)
Ordnance installation (Nov. 23)
Flight crew equipment stow (Nov. 24)

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: Columbia's main engine securing is complete. Filling of the water spray boiler's core is also complete. Orbiter aft compartment closeouts and main engine/main propulsion system integrated tests are in progress. Engine heat shield installation is in work.
Structural modal test preparations continue and auxiliary power unit lubrication servicing occurs later this week. Next week, integrated hydraulic and flight control system testing begins. Solid rocket booster stacking operations continue in the Vehicle Assembly Building.

MISSION: STS-96 -- 2nd U.S. INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION FLIGHT
SPACEHAB DOUBLE MODULE

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
LOCATION: OPF bay 1
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: May 13, 1999 at 12:33 p.m. EST
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: May 24, 1999 at 8:47 a.m. EST
MISSION DURATION: 11 days (+1)
CREW: Rominger, Husband, Ochoa, Jernigan, Barry, Payette, Malenchenko
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 173 nautical miles/51.6 degrees
NOTE: Technicians have completed removal of the drag chute mortar from Discovery's aft compartment. Primary access has been gained to the orbiter's crew module, and power reactant storage and distribution system tank purging is complete. Main engine purge efforts concluded yesterday. Orbiter access platforms are being installed today in the aft compartment and preparations for tomorrow's payload bay door opening are in progress. Payload removal will conclude early next week.

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: Replacement of Atlantis' window No. 4 is complete. Remote manipulator system installation continues and will conclude early next week. Leak checks on the orbiter's oxygen system crossover valves are in work. The auxiliary power unit lines will be connected next Wednesday.

 

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