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Nov. 12, 1998
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19981112
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
3:21 PM 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 11:48 p.m. EST
LAUNCH WINDOW: 5 - 10 minutes
MISSION DURATION: 11 days, 19 hours and 49 minutes
CREW: Cabana, Sturckow, Currie, Ross, Newman, Krikalev
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 173 nautical miles/51.6 degrees
NOTE: At Launch Pad 39A, leak checks of the hydraulic hoses on Endeavour's main engine No. 2 yaw actuator are complete and good. Preparations continue for next week's hypergolic propellant loading operations. Mating of the orbiter midbody umbilical unit is in progress. The first U.S. component for the International Space Station, the Unity connecting module, will be installed in the Shuttle's payload bay tomorrow.

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/main propulsion system integrated tests are complete. Checks on the multifunction cathode ray tube display screen located on the orbiter's flight deck concluded this week. Engine heat shield installation and aft compartment closeouts continue. Workers will replace a damaged sensor for freon coolant line No. 2. Structural modal test preparations continue and auxiliary power unit lubrication servicing is underway. Tonight, the STS-93 flight crew arrives at KSC to participate in tomorrow's Crew Equipment Interface Test. 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: Workers have opened Discovery's payload bay doors and completed functional tests on the doors. Preparations are in work to remove the complement of STS-95 payloads from the orbiter cargo bay. Payload removal begins at about 8 a.m. tomorrow and the canister will depart OPF bay 3 at about 6 p.m. Inspections of main engines and drag chute compartment continue. Preparations for hypergolic deservicing and forward reaction control system functional tests begin this 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: Atlantis' auxiliary power unit lines are connected. Remote manipulator system installation continues and will conclude early next week. The new space-to-space radio communication system is being installed inside the orbiter.

 

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