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Aug. 10, 1999
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19990810
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
7:12 PM EDT

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 is now scheduled to roll to the VAB no earlier than Thursday morning. This afternoon Shuttle managers reconvened to review the results of electrical wiring inspections on orbiters Columbia and Atlantis. Also presented in the meeting were the results of laboratory analysis on Columbia's damaged electrical wire. The analysis revealed that an isolated incident of mechanical or worker contact with the wire caused the wire to press against a marred screw head. The subsequent wire damage lead to the electrical short during Columbia's STS-93 launch.

Since the laboratory results were not available until today, engineers will review the new information and bring a recommendation to the Shuttle program tomorrow at midday. Tomorrow afternoon, Shuttle managers will decide if orbiter Endeavour is ready for Thursday's planned rollout activities.

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

Shuttle rolls out to Launch Pad 39A (Aug. 18)
Hot fire tests of Auxiliary Power Units (Aug. 18)
Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test complete (Aug. 27)

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: Technicians completed servicing of Discovery's onboard ammonia system. Following successful main engine installation last week, engine securing efforts are under way today. The payload premate test is also ongoing. Later this week, workers will install the orbiter's waste collection system and install the external airlock hatch.

STS-103 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):

Forward reaction control system installation (Aug. 11)
Engine heat shield installation complete (Aug. 17)
Crew Equipment Interface Test (Aug. 25)

MISSION: STS-101 -- 3rd INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION FLIGHT - SPACEHAB DOUBLE MODULE/ICC

VEHICLE: Atlantis/OV-104
LOCATION: VAB bay 2
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: Orbiter Atlantis is being temporarily stored in VAB high bay 2, awaiting the departure of Shuttle Endeavour from OPF bay 2.

 

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