Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
Aug. 13, 1999
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
5:05 PM EDT
MISSION: STS-99 -- SHUTTLE RADAR TOPOGRAPHY MISSION (SRTM)
LOCATION: OPF bay 2
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: October 1999 (date TBD)
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: October 1999 (date TBD)
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: Following yesterday's decision to holdup Shuttle Endeavour's transfer to the Vehicle Assembly Building, workers moved the orbiter transport system out of Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2 today. Technicians will gain access to the orbiter's crew module today and begin preparations to open the payload bay doors tomorrow.
Shuttle engineers and technicians will meet tomorrow to develop a wiring inspection and preventative maintenance plan to be applied across the Shuttle fleet. Managers plan to begin removing the SRTM payload from the cargo bay late next week. Once the payload is removed, technicians will begin Endeavour's midbody wiring work. The additional work will delay the STS-99 launch to at least early October.
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 (under review)
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: Shuttle managers have decided to employ the same wiring inspections and maintenance that are being planned for Endeavour across the Shuttle fleet. Since Discovery's payload bay is already accessible, maintenance efforts will likely begin early next week.
Technicians completed Shuttle main engine securing efforts this week. Main propulsion system and main engine leak checks are ongoing. Potable water servicing and external airlock hatch installation are in work. Forward reaction control system installation remains on schedule.
MISSION: STS-101 -- 3rd INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION FLIGHT - SPACEHAB DOUBLE MODULE/ICC
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. Wiring inspections have been in work all week in Atlantis and maintenance efforts will begin in the days ahead.
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