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Dec. 10, 1998
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19981210
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
3:58 PM EST

MISSION: STS-88 -- 1ST FLIGHT INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION
UNITY CONNECTING MODULE
FLIGHT DAY 8

VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105
LOCATION: On orbit
KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Dec. 4 at 3:35:34 a.m. EST
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Dec. 15 at about 10:56 p.m. EST
MISSION DURATION: 11 days, 19 hours and 20 minutes
CREW: Cabana, Sturckow, Currie, Ross, Newman, Krikalev
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 173 nautical miles/51.6 degrees
NOTE: All systems aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour continue to perform very well on orbit. Inspections of the solid rocket boosters at Hangar AF continue and nozzle removal is in work today. Managers plan to ship the nozzles to Utah tomorrow.

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 25, time TBD
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: no earlier than March 30, 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: Workers are performing a routine modification on orbiter Columbia, by shimming the payload bay's aft bulkhead to ensure proper payload bay door closure. Leak tests of the orbiter's crew compartment continue. Auxiliary power unit No. 2 fuel tank pressurization is scheduled today. In the Vehicle Assembly Building, external tank and solid rocket booster closeouts continue on schedule.

STS-93 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):

Payload bay doors closed (Dec. 21)
Orbiter weight and center of gravity testing (Jan. 9)
Orbiter transferred to VAB for mate to external tank (Jan. 11)

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: Removal of Discovery's auxiliary power unit No. 2 is complete and that unit will be sent to the vendor this week for servicing. Shuttle main engine removal is in progress with engine No. 2 already removed. Engines No. 3 and No. 1 are being removed today. Orbiter pyrotechnic initiator controller testing continues.

STS-96 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):

Forward reaction control system installation complete (Dec. 18)
Payload bay doors closed for holiday downtime (Dec. 22)

MISSION: STS-101 -- 3rd INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION FLIGHT
SPACEHAB DOUBLE MODULE/ICC
VEHICLE: Atlantis/OV-104
LOCATION: VAB 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
CREW: Halsell, Horowitz, Weber, Lu, Williams
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 173 nautical miles/51.6 degrees
NOTE: Orbiter maneuvering system bleedline removal has been rescheduled to follow Atlantis' VAB storage. Atlantis began its transfer to the VAB at about 1:20 p.m. today and is being stored in VAB high bay 2 on hydraulic jacks. This move makes way for Shuttle Endeavour's return from mission STS-88. Atlantis will be transferred to OPF bay 3 following Columbia's planned rollover to the VAB in January.

 

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