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June 1, 1999
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19990601
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
12:30 PM EDT

MISSION: STS-96 -- 2nd U.S. INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION FLIGHT - SPACEHAB DOUBLE MODULE
Flight Day 6

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 1:59 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: Space Shuttle Discovery's onboard systems continue to perform well on orbit. Discovery has been docked with the International Space Station for four days and the crew has completed more than 30 percent of the supply transfer activities.

Preliminary assessments of the solid rocket boosters reveal no significant damage. More detailed booster inspections are in work at Hangar AF today. Launch pad wash down efforts are complete and inspections revealed minimal damage. Evaluation of the SRB exhaust residue continues.

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: Columbia's weight and center of gravity testing is complete. Today workers are placing Columbia on the orbiter transporter system in preparation for tomorrow's transfer to the Vehicle Assembly Building. Managers plan to move Columbia to the VAB Wednesday at about 10 a.m.

Chandra's Inertial Upper Stage arrived at KSC's Vertical Processing Facility this morning and mating to the X-ray observatory begins tomorrow. 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: Workers completed installation of Endeavour's window No. 6. Shuttle main engine installation efforts are under way and modifications to the main engine dome heat shields continue. Wireless video installation efforts proceed on schedule. Modifications to the freon coolant loop No. 2 isolation valve are in work. Checks on the auxiliary power unit exhaust duct and power reactant storage and distribution system are also in progress. Installation of Endeavour's right hand orbital maneuvering system pod begins later today.

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: Testing on Atlantis' flash evaporator system controller is complete. Wireless video modifications continue. Mass spectrometer leak checks on the orbiter's fuel cell power plant continue. Ammonia system leak and functional testing begins later today.

 

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