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May 10, 1999
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19990510
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
1:55 PM EDT

MISSION: STS-96 -- 2nd U.S. INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION FLIGHT - SPACEHAB DOUBLE MODULE
VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
LOCATION: Launch Pad 39B
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: Last Friday, workers completed a hot-fire test on Discovery's auxiliary power unit No. 2 and today APU pressurization is under way. Orbiter crew compartment purge testing concluded over the weekend. At the pad, the Rotating Service Structure was placed around the Shuttle on Friday and the payload bay doors are open. SPACEHAB interface verification testing concludes today and the payload bay doors will be closed for flight tomorrow afternoon. Equipped with new instrumentation, the drag chute door has been installed and will undergo tests this week. Mating of the orbiter midbody umbilical unit and subsequent leak checks are in work. Technicians are also inspecting the orbiter and external tank for possible hail damage from a weekend storm at KSC.

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

Payload bay doors closed for flight (May 11)
Ordnance installation complete (May 13)
Orbiter aft compartment close-outs complete (May 14)
Launch countdown begins (May 17 at noon)

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

VEHICLE: Columbia/OV-102
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: No earlier than July 22, 1999 at 12:28 a.m. EDT
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: No earlier than July 26, 1999 at 11:35 p.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: Inspections of Columbia's newly installed payload bay floodlights are complete. Functional checks of the orbiter maneuvering system and potable water servicing are in progress. Leak checks are in work on the exhaust ducts for auxiliary power units No. 1 and No. 3. The orbiter's nose and main landing gear is slated for installation this week.

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: Integration of Endeavour's hydraulic system and Shuttle main engines is complete. Fabrication and installation of tubing for freon coolant loop No. 2 continues. Orbiter docking system harness installation continues. Fuel cell voltage testing begins this week and wireless video modifications continue.

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 continues to undergo wireless video modifications. Payload bay liner modifications proceed on schedule. Mass spectrometer leak checks on the orbiter's fuel cell power plant are in progress.

 

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