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March 25, 1999
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19990325
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
3:08 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: This week, the STS-96 crew completed orbiter and payload familiarization activities during a standard Crew Equipment Interface Test. Discovery's main propulsion system leak checks also concluded this week and now heat shield installation is under way. Instrumentation wiring continues in the orbiter's aft compartment as part of drag chute and vehicle health monitoring work. Auxiliary power unit functional testing is also in progress.

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

Orbiter rolls to Vehicle Assembly Building (April 14)
Shuttle rolls to Launch Pad 39B (April 21)

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 Vehicle Assembly Building high bay 2 undergoing system observation during a temporary storage period. Columbia will remain in the Vehicle Assembly Building until mid-April, when Shuttle Discovery rolls out of Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1. Columbia will then be transferred to Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1 to complete STS-93's orbiter pre-launch 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: Installation of Endeavour's three auxiliary power units is complete. Replacement of window No. 8 is also complete. Preparations are in work to remove the left orbital maneuvering engine next week. Valve modifications on freon coolant loop No. 1 continue and water spray boiler checks are under way. Fuel cells No. 1 and No. 2 are scheduled for replacement this week.

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: December 2, 1999
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: December 13, 1999
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: Checks on Atlantis' main propulsion system liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen valves are complete. Orbital maneuvering and reaction control systems are undergoing drain line modifications and helium system leak checks are ongoing.

 

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