Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
May 24, 1999
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
2:51 PM EDT
MISSION: STS-96 -- 2nd U.S. INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION FLIGHT - SPACEHAB DOUBLE MODULE
LOCATION: Launch Pad 39B
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: May 27, 1999 at 6:48 a.m. EDT
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: June 6, 1999 at 3:25 a.m. EDT
LAUNCH WINDOW: 10 minutes
ISS DOCKING DATE: May 29, 1999 at 12:25 a.m. EDT
ISS UNDOCKING DATE: June 3, 1999 at 6:37 p.m. EDT
MISSION DURATION: 9 days, 20 hours and 37 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: The launch countdown for STS-96 began on schedule today at 9 a.m. at the T-43 hour mark. Over the weekend, workers completed ordnance connections and pressurization of Discovery's maneuvering system and reaction control system. Yesterday morning, aft compartment close-outs concluded and aft confidence checks are in work today. Mating of the orbiter midbody umbilical unit is also complete. This morning, pyrotechnic initiator controller testing began.
At about 11 p.m. yesterday, the STS-96 flight crew arrived at KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility. In the three days prior to launch they will undergo routine medical exams and participate in standard orbiter and payload familiarization activities. The commander and pilot will also take practice flights in the Shuttle Training Aircraft and T-38 jets this week.
Weather forecasters currently indicate a 30 percent chance that weather could prohibit Thursday's launch attempt. The forecast calls for scattered clouds with bases at 15,000 feet; visibility at 7 miles with a chance of fog limiting to 3 miles; westerly winds at 7 knots peaking to 10 knots; temperature at 72 degrees F; relative humidity at 93 percent and dew point at 70 degrees F. The primary weather issues are expected to be the possibility of fog and low cloud ceilings. The forecast improves to a 20 percent chance of violation on Friday and Saturday.
STS-96 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
Loading of Discovery's fuel cell storage tanks (May 25 from 6:30 to 11:30 a.m.)
Demate orbiter midbody umbilical unit (May 25 at 1:30 p.m.)
Rotating Service Structure moves to park position (May 26 at 10 a.m.)
Loading external tank with liquid propellant (May 26 from 9:54 p.m. to 12:54 a.m.)
SUMMARY OF BUILT-IN HOLDS FOR STS-96
T-TIME LENGTH OF HOLD HOLD BEGINS HOLD ENDS
T-27 hours 4 hours 1 a.m. Tues. 5 a.m. Tues.
T-19 hours 4 hours 1 p.m. Tues. 5 p.m. Tues.
T-11 hours 13 hours, 54 minutes 1 a.m. Wed. 2:54 p.m. Wed.
T-6 hours 2 hours 7:54 p.m. Wed. 9:54 p.m. Wed.
T-3 hours 2 hours 12:54 a.m. Thurs. 2:54 a.m. Thurs.
T-20 minutes 10 minutes 5:34 a.m. Thurs. 5:44 a.m. Thurs.
T-9 minutes 40 minutes 5:55 a.m. Thurs. 6:35 a.m. Thurs.
CREW FOR MISSION STS-96
Commander (CDR) Kent Rominger
Pilot (PLT) Rick Husband
Mission Specialist (MS1) Tamara Jernigan
Mission Specialist (MS2) Ellen Ochoa
Mission Specialist (MS3) Daniel Barry
Mission Specialist (MS4) Julie Payette
Mission Specialist (MS5) Valerie Tokarev
SUMMARY OF STS-96 LAUNCH DAY CREW ACTIVITIES
Thursday, May 27
1 a.m. Wake up from optional nap
*1:49 a.m. Snack/crew photo
2:19 a.m. CDR, PLT, MS2 weather briefing
2:19 a.m. MS1, MS3, MS4, MS5 don launch and entry suits
*2:29 a.m. CDR, PLT, MS2 don launch and entry suits
*3 a.m. Depart for Launch Pad 39B
*3:30 a.m. Arrive at white room and begin ingress
*4:44 a.m. Close crew hatch
*6:48 a.m. Launch
Televised events (times may vary slightly)
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