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Feb. 22, 1999
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19990222
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
2:07 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 30, 1999 at 5:28 a.m. EDT
LAUNCH WINDOW: 5-10 minutes
MISSION DURATION: 9 days, 19 hours and 56 minutes
CREW: Rominger, Husband, Ochoa, Jernigan, Barry, Payette, Tokarev
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 173 nautical miles/51.6 degrees
NOTE: Last week, technicians installed Discovery's remote manipulator system or robot arm in the payload bay. Over the weekend, workers began efforts to install additional sensors inside the orbiter's drag chute compartment. The added instrumentation will gather data through the first few seconds of liftoff. Installation of the integrated vehicle health monitoring system for the orbiter's main propulsion system continues and base heat shield modifications are on schedule. Payload premate test preparations are in work. Booster stacking operations are under way in VAB high bay 3.

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

Payload premate test (Feb. 22)
ISS docking system checkout (Feb. 23)
Shuttle main engine installation (Mar. 2)

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

VEHICLE: Columbia/OV-102
LOCATION: Vehicle Assembly Building high bay 2
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: July 9, 1999 at 1:19 a.m. EDT
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: July 14, 1999 at 12:20 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: Columbia is jacked and leveled in VAB high bay 2 undergoing routine system observation during a temporary storage period. Columbia will remain in the VAB 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's orbiter prelaunch 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 12:52 p.m. EDT
LAUNCH WINDOW: 2 hours and 30 minutes
MISSION DURATION: 11 days, 4 hours and 5 minutes
CREW: Kregel, Gorie, Kavandi, Voss, Mohri, Thiele
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 126 nautical miles/57 degrees
NOTE: Replacement of Endeavour's left hand radiator No. 1 is complete and radiator No. 2 is being replaced today. This work is part of a valve modification being conducted on freon coolant loop No. 1.

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

Forward reaction control system installed (Feb. 23)

MISSION: STS-101 -- 3rd INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION FLIGHT
SPACEHAB DOUBLE MODULE/ICC
VEHICLE: Atlantis/OV-104
LOCATION: OPF bay 3
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: October 14, 1999 about 9:30 p.m. EDT
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: October 25, 1999 about 4:30 p.m. EDT
LAUNCH WINDOW: 5-10 minutes
MISSION DURATION: 10 days and 19 hours
CREW: Halsell, Horowitz, Weber, Lu, Williams, Malenchenko, Morukov
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 173 nautical miles/51.6 degrees
NOTE: Atlantis moved from the VAB transfer aisle to OPF bay 3 on Feb. 17. Workers are setting up platforms to gain access to the orbiter. Once access is established, technicians will resume the remaining work on the tactical air and navigation system (TACAN). The orbiter's payload bay doors will be opened this week.

 

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