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June 2, 1999
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19990602
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
4:08 PM EDT

MISSION: STS-96 -- 2nd U.S. INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION FLIGHT - SPACEHAB DOUBLE MODULE
Flight Day 7

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 12:24 a.m. EDT
ISS UNDOCKING DATE: June 3, 1999 at 6:34 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: Flight controllers report that Discovery's onboard systems are in excellent health. Flight crew efforts to transfer about two tons of supplies to the International Space Station conclude today. Tomorrow, following a reboost of the ISS, the two spacecraft will undock.

Solid rocket booster inspections and segment disassembly preparations are ongoing. All booster components appear to be in good condition following a normal splash down. Tomorrow, SRB aft exit cone disconnects begin and Thursday aft skirt removal begins. The solid rocket motor nozzles will be removed Friday.

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

VEHICLE: Columbia/OV-102
LOCATION: Vehicle Assembly Building
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 was transferred from Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1 to the VAB today at about 10:30 a.m. The orbiter will be lifted into VAB high bay 1 today to be mated to the external tank and solid rocket booster stack on Mobile Launcher Platform 1.

The Chandra X-ray Observatory and Inertial Upper Stage are being mated in the Vertical Processing Facility today. Later this week electrical and mechanical testing will follow. The spacecraft remains on schedule for transfer to Launch Pad 39B on June 21.

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

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: 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 this week.

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 is scheduled this week.

 

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