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April 12, 1999
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19990412
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
2:24 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: Over the weekend, workers removed "D" hatch from Discovery's transfer tunnel adapter to accommodate structural and latch inspections. Workers replaced it with orbiter Endeavour's "D" hatch. Due to the additional work, managers now plan to transfer Discovery to the VAB on Thursday, but do not expect Discovery's arrival at the launch pad to be delayed. Orbiter aft and midbody compartment close-outs continue on schedule. Today, workers will close Discovery's payload bay doors and tomorrow orbiter weight and center of gravity tests are planned.

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

Orbiter rolls to Vehicle Assembly Building (April 15)
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 remains in Vehicle Assembly Building high bay 2. It underwent final powered checkup in the VAB on Friday. Columbia will be transferred to OPF bay 1 to complete orbiter processing for mission STS-93 following Shuttle Discovery's move to the VAB.

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: Checks on Endeavour's left hand orbital maneuvering system (OMS) engine are in work. Fuel cells No. 1 and No. 2 are also undergoing checks following their recent replacement. Servicing of freon coolant loop No. 1 is under way and workers will remove Endeavour's right hand OMS pod tonight.

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: Replacement of the strut attach bolt for Atlantis' power reactant storage and distribution system oxygen tanks is complete. Main propulsion system gaseous hydrogen leak checks are ongoing.

 

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