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June 4, 1999
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19990604
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
5:25 PM EDT

MISSION: STS-96 -- 2nd U.S. INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION FLIGHT - SPACEHAB DOUBLE MODULE
Flight Day 9

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 2:03 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 6:39 p.m. EDT
MISSION DURATION: 9 days, 19 hours and 13 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: Following Discovery's successful undocking from the International Space Station yesterday, the flight crew will today begin preparations for the seventeenth consecutive KSC Shuttle landing early Sunday morning. Discovery has two landing opportunities at KSC on Sunday. The first opportunity requires a 12:54 a.m. deorbit burn and touchdown on Runway 15 at 2:03 a.m. The second opportunity calls for a deorbit burn at 2:30 a.m. and touchdown at 3:38 a.m. Edward Air Force Base will not be called to support as an alternate landing site on Sunday.

Weather officials expect generally favorable weather for a Shuttle landing at KSC on Sunday. Preliminary reports call for scattered clouds at 3,000 feet and 10,000 feet and broken at 20,000 feet; visibility at 7 miles; easterly winds at 6 knots peaking to 12 knots; temperature at 75 degrees F; humidity at 91 percent and the chance of showers within 30 nautical miles of the runway. Forecasters continue to monitor the development of a surface low over the Bahamas and its impact on landing day weather conditions.

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

VEHICLE: Columbia/OV-102
LOCATION: Vehicle Assembly Building high 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 is hardmated to the external tank and solid rocket booster stack in VAB high bay 1 today. Tomorrow, the Shuttle Interface Test will conclude and over the weekend workers will prepare for Monday's Shuttle roll out to Launch Pad 39B.

The Chandra X-ray Observatory and Inertial Upper Stage are undergoing interface verification testing today.

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

Columbia rolls out to Pad 39B (June 7 at about 2 a.m.)

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. Tests on the power reactant storage and distribution system are in progress. Installation of Endeavour's right hand orbital maneuvering system pod begins early tomorrow and Shuttle main engine installation begins Monday.

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' 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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