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Aug. 26, 1999
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19990826
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
4:28 PM EDT

MISSION: STS-99 -- SHUTTLE RADAR TOPOGRAPHY MISSION (SRTM)

VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105
LOCATION: OPF bay 2
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: October 1999 (under review)
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: October 1999 (under review)
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 the removal of the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission payload from Endeavour's payload bay last week, technicians are continuing with inspections and repairs as necessary of the wiring in the orbiter's midbody and aft engine compartment. These inspections were required for all Shuttle orbiters following mission STS-93 when a damaged wire to a main engine controller shorted out. Preventative measures are under way to preclude similar wiring damage on all vehicles. At this time, over 70 percent of the work on Endeavour is complete. The SRTM payload is currently in the Vertical Processing Facility and will remain there until all wiring work on Endeavour is complete.

Launch options are being reviewed this week for Endeavour as well as Discovery. No specific target launch dates are expected to be announced until later next week.

MISSION: STS-103 -- 3rd HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE SERVICING MISSION (HST-3)

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
LOCATION: OPF bay 1
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: October 1999 (under review)
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: October 1999 (under review)
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: Wiring inspections are about 50 percent complete aboard the orbiter Discovery.

Launch options are being reviewed this week for Endeavour as well as Discovery. No specific target launch dates are expected to be announced until later next week.

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

VEHICLE: Atlantis/OV-104
LOCATION: VAB transfer aisle
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: January 22, 2000
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: February 3, 2000
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 currently being stored inside the Vehicle Assembly Building, awaiting the opening of an Orbiter Processing Facility bay. Wiring inspections in Atlantis' payload bay are complete. Atlantis was moved yesterday to the VAB transfer aisle from high bay 2 to accommodate external tank transfer activities.

Shuttle managers today approved the delay of mission STS-101 to Jan. 22, 2000.

Space Shuttle Columbia/OV-102
Preparation for Orbiter Maintenance Down Period (OMDP)
NOTE: Orbiter Columbia continues to undergo routine post-flight-deservicing in Orbiter Processing Facility bay 3. Wiring inspections are complete and the wire that experienced the short on mission STS-93 has been repaired. Preventative measures have been taken to preclude similar damage. Workers are preparing the orbiter for its upcoming Orbiter Maintenance Down Period (OMDP) in Palmdale, CA. Columbia is scheduled to be mounted atop NASA's modified Boeing 747 on Sept. 22. The ferry flight from KSC is scheduled to begin on Sept. 23 with an overnight stop at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. Current plans have Columbia arriving in Palmdale on Sept. 24. Because the orbiter can not be flown through precipitation of any kind, ferry flight plans are contingent upon weather conditions in the flight path.

 

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