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July 1, 1999
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19990701
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
1:45 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: At Launch Pad 39B, workers continue to prepare Shuttle Columbia and the Chandra/Inertial Upper Stage (IUS) payload for a target launch date of July 20. Over the weekend, Shuttle and payload workers will support planned payload activities. Next Tuesday, workers will install mass memory unit (MMU) No. 1. Loading of MMU No. 1 and No. 2 commences the following Thursday.

The payload Interface Verification Test that validates the payload's electrical connections to the orbiter continues on schedule. Today, workers begin IUS flight battery installation, and on Friday, the payload end-to-end test begins.

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

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: Installation of Endeavour's three main engines is complete. Payload premate testing is also complete and servicing of freon coolant loop No. 2 concluded yesterday. Installation of the Shuttle main engine heatshields is in work. Later this week, technicians will begin ammonia system servicing.

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

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: Discovery's orbital maneuvering system continues to undergo functional tests. Removal of all three Shuttle fuel cells proceeds on schedule with removal of fuel cell No. 2 already complete.

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' forward reaction control system is in progress. Wireless video modifications and mass spectrometer leak checks on the orbiter's fuel cell power plant continue. Installation of the orbiter's external airlock is slated to begin next week.

 

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