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May 28, 1999
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19990528
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
4:59 PM EDT

MISSION: STS-96 -- 2nd U.S. INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION FLIGHT - SPACEHAB DOUBLE MODULE
Flight Day 2

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
LOCATION: On orbit
OFFICIAL KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: May 27, 1999 at 6:50 a.m. EDT
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: June 6, 1999 at 1:58 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: Shuttle Discovery's systems are performing very well on orbit. Post launch inspections of Launch Pad 39B revealed minimal pad damage. Inspectors did collect several samples of a residue found on various portions of the Fixed Service Structure. Managers expect laboratory evaluations to confirm that the residue resulted from a reaction between solid rocket booster (SRB) exhaust and the protective coating applied to the exterior of the FSS.

The SRB recovery ships arrived at Hangar AF this afternoon with both SRBs in tow. Preliminary reports indicate that the boosters are in good condition.

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 22, 1999 at 12:28 a.m. EDT (under review)
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: July 26, 1999 at 11:35 p.m. EDT (under review)
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: Technicians have completed Columbia's closeouts in preparation for next week's OPF roll out. Weight and center of gravity testing began today and managers plan to transfer Columbia to the Vehicle Assembly Building on Wednesday at about 10 a.m.

The Chandra payload resides in KSC's Vertical Processing Facility awaiting arrival of the Inertial Upper Stage. The IUS is scheduled to arrive in the VPF Tuesday for mating operations with Chandra on Wednesday. Following electrical and mechanical testing, the spacecraft is slated for transfer to Launch Pad 39B on June 21.

STS-93 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):

Columbia rolls to VAB for external tank mating operations (June 2 at about 10 a.m.)
Columbia rolls out to Pad 39B (June 7)
Chandra payload transferred to Pad 39B (June 21)

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: Fabrication and installation of tubing for Endeavour's freon coolant loop No. 2 continues. Modifications on the main engine dome heat shields and wireless video installation efforts continue as well.

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: Installation of Atlantis' power control assembly No. 1 is complete. Wireless video modifications continue. Mass spectrometer leak checks on the orbiter's fuel cell power plant continue. TACAN antenna installation is in progress.

 

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