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June 18, 1999
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19990618
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
3:00 PM EDT

MISSION: STS-93 -- Chandra X-ray Observatory

VEHICLE: Columbia/OV-102
LOCATION: Launch Pad 39B
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: No earlier than July 20, 1999 at 12:36 a.m. EDT (under review)
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: July 24, 1999 at 11:31 p.m. EDT
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: Workers completed hydraulic close-outs on Columbia's solid rocket boosters on Wednesday. Following yesterday's observance of Super Safety and Health Day, workers today resumed normal launch preparation activities at Launch Pad 39B.

In the Vertical Processing Facility, the Chandra/IUS payload is being installed into the payload transportation canister today. However, delivery of the payload to Pad 39B has been rescheduled for Tuesday, June 22. In the payload changeout room at the pad, a roller associated with the telescoping payload ground handling mechanism has failed and must be repaired. Contingency time is available at the pad for Chandra and there is no impact to the targeted July 20 launch date.

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

Chandra payload transferred to Pad 39B (June 22)
Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test complete (June 24)
Payload installed inside cargo bay (June 25)

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 final section of line on freon coolant loop No. 2 continue. Workers are securing Endeavour's recently installed main engines. Preparations to connect the orbital maneuvering system (OMS) cross feed lines are in progress. Next week, Endeavour's external airlock will be installed and OMS nozzle leak checks are scheduled.

MISSION: STS-103 -- 3rd HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE SERVICING MISSION (HST-3)

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
LOCATION: OPF bay 1
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Oct. 14, 1999 at 5:42 a.m. EDT
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Oct. 23, 1999 at 3:09 a.m. EDT
LAUNCH WINDOW: 42 minutes
MISSION DURATION: 9 days, 21 hours and 38 minutes
CREW: Brown, Kelly, Smith, Foale, Grunsfeld, Nicollier, Clervoy
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 317 nautical miles/28.45 degrees
NOTE: Post-flight inspection of Discovery's main engines is complete. Forward reaction control system checks and orbital maneuvering system pod functional tests are under way. Removal of the orbiter's waste recovery system follows next 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: Installation of Atlantis' left-hand orbital maneuvering system is in work. TACAN antenna installation is also under way. Wireless video modifications continue. Mass spectrometer leak checks on the orbiter's fuel cell power plant continue.

 

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