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Oct. 25, 1999
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19991025
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
2:00 PM EDT

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

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
LOCATION: OPF bay 1
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Dec. 2 at 4:31 a.m. EST
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Dec. 12 at 2:10 a.m. EST
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
Work in progress: Wiring protection efforts are nearing completion on board Shuttle Discovery. Recently completed wiring inspections revealed 57 incidents of exposed conductors. These damaged areas have been repaired and wiring protection methods have been implemented. Testing of the orbiter's repaired wiring system continues this week.

Over the weekend, workers completed refilling activities on the right hand orbital maneuvering system (OMS) manifold No. 5. Ku band system testing and external tank door retests are also complete. Preparations are in work for payload bay door closure tomorrow. The Orbiter Rollout Review is scheduled this Thursday and will determine Discovery's readiness to leave the Orbiter Processing Facility. Discovery is slated to move to the Vehicle Assembly Building on Nov. 1 to complete external tank mating activities. Space Shuttle Discovery is then expected to roll out to Launch Pad 39B on Sunday, Nov. 7.

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

VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105
LOCATION: OPF bay 2
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Jan. 13, 2000 at 7:17 a.m. EST
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Jan. 24, 2000 at 11:22 a.m. EST
LAUNCH WINDOW: 2 hours and 30 minutes
MISSION DURATION: 11 days, 4 hours and 8 minutes
CREW: Kregel, Gorie, Kavandi, Voss, Mohri, Thiele
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 126 nautical miles/57 degrees
Work in progress: Endeavour's wiring inspections are expected to conclude this week. To date, inspections have revealed 45 exposed conductors. Wiring protection and repair efforts continue.

Auxiliary power unit wiring tests are in work and main engine controller verification is scheduled to occur this week. Work on Endeavour's nose and main landing gear is ongoing.

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: No earlier than Feb. 10, 2000
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Feb. 21, 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
Work in progress: Wiring inspections on Atlantis are about 85 percent complete and have revealed a total of 34 exposed conductors to date. Wiring repair and protection efforts are ongoing. Checks on the water spray boiler are in work and Ku band system testing begins later this week. Inspections of Atlantis' right and left-hand inboard elevons revealed minor damage to mechanical actuators. The damaged parts will be replaced over the next several days. Installation of the right hand orbital maneuvering system pod will occur this week.

 

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