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April 8, 1999
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19990408
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
3:54 PM EDT

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 5:27 a.m. EDT
LAUNCH WINDOW: 10 minutes
ISS DOCKING DATE: May 22, 1999 at 4:01 a.m. EDT
ISS UNDOCKING DATE: May 27, 1999 at 10:07 p.m. EDT
MISSION DURATION: 9 days, 19 hours and 55 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: Shuttle managers are now targeting May 20 for the launch of Shuttle Discovery on mission STS-96. That date on the Eastern Range became available after Delta FUSE managers announced a slip in their launch date. Shuttle processing managers at KSC have been protecting a May 20 launch option and are ready to support.

Discovery's Ku band system interface testing is complete. Auxiliary power unit lubrication servicing is under way today and checks of the integrated vehicle health monitoring system continue. Orbiter aft and midbody compartment close-outs proceed on schedule. External tank and solid rocket booster close-outs continue in the Vehicle Assembly Building and workers have completed thermal foam venting on the external tank.

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)
Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (April 29)

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 VAB until April 14, when Shuttle Discovery rolls out of Orbiter Processing Facility 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, 1999 at 8:47 a.m. EDT
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Sept. 27, 1999 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: Removal of Endeavour's left orbital maneuvering system (OMS) engine is complete. Fuel cells No. 1 and No. 2 have been replaced. Leak checks on freon coolant loop No. 1 revealed an alternate power converter unit leak and technicians are currently troubleshooting the issue. Preparations are now in work for next week's removal of the right hand OMS pod.

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: Atlantis' external airlock has been removed to provide workers additional access to the orbiter's midbody. Main propulsion system leak and functional tests continue. Replacement of the strut and attach bolt for the power reactant storage and distribution system oxygen tanks is ongoing.

 

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