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June 28, 1999
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19990628
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
1:00 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: Shuttle Columbia's prelaunch processing continues on schedule for a target launch date of July 20. Last Friday, Columbia's payload bay doors were opened in preparation for payload installation. Sunday, the Chandra/IUS payload was transferred into Columbia's payload bay, and final connections are in work today. The orbiter/payload Interface Verification Test follows on Wednesday. Later this week, workers will verify the Shuttle cavity purge lines and conduct leak checks on the mated orbiter midbody umbilical unit.

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

Payload Interface Verification Test (June 30)
Inertial Upper Stage battery installation (July 8-9)
Flight Readiness Review (July 8)
Orbiter aft compartment closeouts begin (July 9)
Close payload bay doors for flight (July 17)

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: Endeavour's auxiliary power unit fuel and drain line connections are complete. Leak checks on freon coolant loop No. 2 concluded last week and servicing begins Wednesday. The orbiter's main engine heatshields are being installed today, and the payload premate test is ongoing.

STS-99 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):

Main engine heatshield installation complete (June 30)
SRTM payload installed into orbiter (July 20)
Crew Equipment Interface Test (July 28)

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. 24, 1999 at 3:20 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: Functional tests on Discovery's forward reaction control system (FRCS) are complete, and the FRCS will be removed tonight. Orbital maneuvering system testing continues. Technicians are servicing the upper hatch on Discovery's docking system today. Preparations are under way to remove and replace all three Shuttle fuel cells, beginning with fuel cell No. 2 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: Checks on Atlantis' left-hand orbital maneuvering system pod continue. Wireless video modifications and mass spectrometer leak checks on the orbiter's fuel cell power plant continue. Workers will also install the orbiter's airlock this week.

 

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