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Jan. 25, 1999
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19990125
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
3:25 PM EST

MISSION: STS-93 -- Chandra X-ray Observatory (formerly AXAF)

VEHICLE: Columbia/OV-102
LOCATION: OPF bay 3
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: No earlier than mid-May 1999
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: TBD
LAUNCH WINDOW: 46 minutes
MISSION DURATION: 5 days
CREW: Collins, Ashby, Hawley, Coleman, Tognini
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 153 nautical miles/28.45 degrees
NOTE: Columbia's forward and aft compartment closeouts continue and potable water servicing is under way. The orbiter's drag chute compartment is undergoing instrumentation work this week. A system of temporary sensors is being installed inside the compartment to help engineers better understand the structural stress associated with vehicle transfers. This week, Shuttle managers are awaiting information from Chandra spacecraft officials to determine Columbia's target launch date and any impacts to downstream Shuttle flights.

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 20, 1999 (under review)
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: May 31, 1999 (under review)
MISSION DURATION: 11 days (+1)
CREW: Rominger, Husband, Ochoa, Jernigan, Barry, Payette, Malenchenko
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 173 nautical miles/51.6 degrees
NOTE: Four of six orbital maneuvering system thrusters onboard Discovery were replaced over the weekend. The remaining two thrusters will be installed tonight. Replacement of orbiter windows No. 2 and No. 7 continues. Heat shield modification efforts are under way and sensor work on the main propulsion system is ongoing. This week, workers will test Discovery's power reactant storage and distribution system.

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

Androgynous peripheral docking system (APDS) installation begins (Feb. 1)
APDS checkout (Feb. 9)
Payload premate test (Feb. 15)
Robot arm replacement (Feb. 19)
Shuttle main engine installation (Feb. 23)

MISSION: STS-101 -- 3rd INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION FLIGHT
SPACEHAB DOUBLE MODULE/ICC
VEHICLE: Atlantis/OV-104
LOCATION: Vehicle Assembly Building high bay 2
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: August 5, 1999 at 2:15 a.m.
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: August 15, 1999 at 9:09 p.m.
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: Atlantis remains in VAB high bay 2 awaiting Columbia's move out of OPF bay 3. Installation of Atlantis' onboard tactical air navigation system (TACAN) is in progress and aft compartment leak checks are in work. Atlantis is scheduled to undergo orbiter processing for STS-101 in OPF bay 3. The date for Atlantis' transfer from the VAB to the OPF will be determined after Shuttle managers assess the impact of Shuttle Columbia's STS-93 delay.

MISSION: STS-99 -- SHUTTLE RADAR TOPOGRAPHY MISSION (SRTM)
VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105
LOCATION: OPF bay 2
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Sept. 16 at 8:47 a.m.
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Sept. 27 at 12:52 p.m.
MISSION DURATION: 11 days
CREW: Kregel, Gorie, Kavandi, Voss, Mohri, Thiele
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 126 nautical miles/57 degrees
NOTE: Endeavour's forward reaction control system will be removed from the orbiter this week. Robot arm removal is in work today and Shuttle main engine removal begins tonight. Docking mechanism removal is scheduled today.

STS-99 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):

Main engine removal complete (Jan. 26)
Orbiter external airlock removal complete (Jan. 27)

 

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