Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
July 12, 1999
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
4:00 PM EDT
MISSION: STS-93 -- Chandra X-ray Observatory
LOCATION: Launch Pad 39B
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: July 20, 1999 at 12:36 a.m. EDT
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: Following last Thursday's Flight Readiness Review, Shuttle managers announced July 20 as the official launch date for STS-93.
Truck No. 1 on the Rotating Service Structure at Launch Pad 39B, has been repaired and is ready to support standard prelaunch activities. Last Friday, engineers completed a simulated countdown test for the payload's inertial upper stage and workers conducted routine voltage tests as well. Columbia's aft compartment closeouts are in work this week. Flight crew equipment early stow occurs tomorrow along with preparations for ordnance installation.
STS-93 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
Shuttle ordnance installation complete (July 15)
Orbiter aft compartment close-outs complete (July 16)
Orbiter hypergolic system pressurization complete (July 16)
Flight crew arrives at KSC (July 16 at about 7 a.m.)
Launch countdown clock begins (July 16 at 10 p.m.)
Close payload bay doors for flight (July 17)
MISSION: STS-99 -- SHUTTLE RADAR TOPOGRAPHY MISSION (SRTM)
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: Integrated orbiter hydraulic testing concludes later this week. Endeavour's midbody close-outs are ongoing. Orbiter fluid servicing is also under way. Preparations are under way to receive the SRTM payload into the OPF and then install it into the orbiter's payload bay next Tuesday. The orbiter/payload interface verification test is slated for July 27.
STS-99 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
SRTM payload installed into orbiter (July 20)
Crew Equipment Interface Test (July 28)
Orbiter rolls to VAB (Aug. 11)
MISSION: STS-103 -- 3rd HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE SERVICING MISSION (HST-3)
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: Replacement of Discovery's three fuel cells is complete. Over the weekend, workers drained residual propellant from the orbiter's right-hand orbital maneuvering system engine. Workers are scheduled to install a new right-hand orbital maneuvering engine this week. Removal of Discovery's robot arm from the payload bay begins tomorrow. Main propulsion system leak checks continue and ammonia system servicing begins this week.
STS-103 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
Forward reaction control system installed (July 29)
Robot arm reinstalled (Aug. 3)
MISSION: STS-101 -- 3rd INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION FLIGHT - SPACEHAB DOUBLE MODULE/ICC
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: Last Friday, workers closed Atlantis' payload bay doors to accommodate optical payload bay fit-checks over the weekend. The payload bay doors will be opened again today. Managers plan to install the external airlock tomorrow.
Next week, workers will begin preparing Atlantis for a brief storage period in the Vehicle Assembly Building. Atlantis is scheduled to roll over to VAB high bay 2 on July 23 and remain there until it transfers to OPF bay 2 on Aug. 16. Atlantis is leaving OPF bay 3 to make room for orbiter Columbia's return from STS-93 and moves into OPF bay 2 following Endeavour's departure for the VAB.
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