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March 1, 1999
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19990301
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
12:35 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
ADDITIONAL PAYLOADS: ICC, STARSHINE, SVF AND IVHM
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 173 nautical miles/51.6 degrees
NOTE: Last Friday, technicians completed verification tests on Discovery's remote manipulator system or robot arm. Today, workers will perform functional checks on the orbiter's new docking mechanism. Replacement of the orbiter's water spray boiler continues. Installation of the integrated vehicle health monitoring system for the orbiter's main propulsion system proceeds on schedule and base heat shield fastener modifications continue. Drag chute instrumentation installation continues as well. Booster stacking operations continue in VAB high bay 3.

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

Shuttle main engine installation (Mar. 4)
SPACEHAB Tunnel arrives in OPF (Mar. 5)
Secondary payloads arrive in OPF (Mar. 10)

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
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 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: Shuttle Endeavour's forward reaction control system has been installed and preparations for functional checks are ongoing. Modifications of Endeavour's freon coolant loop No. 1 continue to go well.

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: Work on Atlantis' tactical air and navigation system (TACAN) is under way. Atlantis' orbiter maneuvering and reaction control systems are undergoing drain line modifications and window No. 1 is being replaced.

 

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