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Feb. 8, 1999
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19990208
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
2:15 PM EST

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 at 9:32 a.m. EDT
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: May 31, 1999 at 5:12 a.m. EDT
LAUNCH WINDOW: 5-10 minutes
MISSION DURATION: 9 days, 19 hours and 40 minutes
CREW: Rominger, Husband, Ochoa, Jernigan, Barry, Payette, Malenchenko
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 173 nautical miles/51.6 degrees
NOTE: Following Discovery's recent orbital maneuvering system thruster replacements, workers completed manifold draining and backfilling efforts over the weekend. Troubleshooting of a minor leak on APU No. 2 is under way. Installation of the androgynous peripheral docking system (APDS) begins today. This week, technicians will resume efforts to install the integrated vehicle health monitoring system on the orbiter's main propulsion system.

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

Payload premate test (Feb. 15)
APDS checkout (Feb. 19)
Robot arm replacement (Feb. 19)
Shuttle main engine installation (Feb. 23)

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

VEHICLE: Columbia/OV-102
LOCATION: OPF bay 3
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: July 9, 1999 at 1:19 a.m. EDT
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: July 14, 1999 at 12:26 a.m. EDT
LAUNCH WINDOW: 46 minutes
MISSION DURATION: 4 days, 23 hours and 7 minutes
CREW: Collins, Ashby, Hawley, Coleman, Tognini
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 153 nautical miles/28.45 degrees
NOTE: Technicians have completed Columbia's processing efforts to date and are preparing to transport the orbiter to the Vehicle Assembly Building on Wednesday. Columbia will reside in VAB high bay 2 in temporary storage until mid-April, when Shuttle Discovery rolls out of OPF bay 1. Columbia will then be transferred to OPF bay 1 to complete STS-93 orbiter preparations.

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. EDT
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Sept. 27 at 12:55 p.m. EDT
LAUNCH WINDOW: 2 hours and 30 minutes
MISSION DURATION: 11 days, 4 hours and 8 minutes
CREW: Kregel, Gorie, Kavandi, Voss, Mohri, Thiele
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 126 nautical miles/57 degrees
NOTE: Removal of Endeavour's tunnel adapter forward extension is complete. Water spray boiler No. 3 installation is also complete. Workers are servicing freon coolant loop No. 1 today and efforts are under way to upgrade the main propulsion system's 17-inch disconnect valve actuator. Tunnel adapter removal is also scheduled this week.

MISSION: STS-101 -- 3rd INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION FLIGHT
SPACEHAB DOUBLE MODULE/ICC
VEHICLE: Atlantis/OV-104
LOCATION: Vehicle Assembly Building transfer aisle
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: October 14, 1999 at about 9:30 p.m. EDT
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: October 25, 1999 at about 4:30 p.m. EDT
LAUNCH WINDOW: 10 minutes
MISSION DURATION: 10 days and 19 hours
CREW: Halsell, Horowitz, Weber, Lu, Williams
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 173 nautical miles/51.6 degrees
NOTE: Atlantis is being moved to the VAB transfer aisle today to allow room for Shuttle Columbia's shift into VAB high bay 2. Atlantis will remain in the transfer aisle while preparations are made for its arrival in OPF bay 3 on Feb. 17. A majority of the orbiter's tactical air and navigation system (TACAN) modification is complete. Only 2 weeks of TACAN work remains. Workers also completed about half of the required orbiter leak checks while in the VAB.

 

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