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April 20, 1999
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19990420
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
4:59 PM EDT

MISSION: STS-96 -- 2nd U.S. INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION FLIGHT
SPACEHAB DOUBLE MODULE
VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
LOCATION: Vehicle Assembly Building high bay 3
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: Discovery is mated to the external tank and solid rocket boosters in Vehicle Assembly Building high bay 3. Standard Shuttle interface testing revealed that an electrical cable on the left solid rocket booster was not conveying necessary signals between the left aft segment and left forward segment integrated electronic assembly boxes. Troubleshooting efforts revealed that one connector on the cable needs to be replaced. Workers will replace the connector and retest it in the VAB tomorrow, accommodating a Friday morning Shuttle transfer to the launch pad. Managers expect no impact to the target launch date.

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

Shuttle rolls to Launch Pad 39B (April 23 at 7 a.m.)
SPACEHAB payload transfer to pad (April 27)
SPACEHAB installed into orbiter (April 28)
Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (April 29)

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

VEHICLE: Columbia/OV-102
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1
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 powered up in OPF bay 1. Orbiter mass memory unit loadingis complete and workers opened the payload bay doors last night. Orbiter processing for mission STS-93 resumes following routine OPF receiving inspections.

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: Modifications to Endeavour's radiator isolation valve are under way. Leak repair on the cold plate for the orbiter's power converter unit is ongoing. Orbiter docking system harness installation is in work and external airlock installation efforts conclude May 6.

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 is under going standard life support system leak checks this week. Payload bay liner modifications continue.

 

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