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Nov. 2, 1999
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19991102
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
10:30 AM EST

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 2:38 a.m. EST
LAUNCH WINDOW: 42 minutes
MISSION DURATION: 9 days, 22 hours and 7 minutes
CREW: Brown, Kelly, Smith, Foale, Grunsfeld, Nicollier, Clervoy
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 317 nautical miles/28.45 degrees
Work in progress: Yesterday, Shuttle managers concluded the orbiter rollout review for Shuttle Discovery. However, the decision to proceed with prelaunch processing for mission STS-103 will not be made until after a preflight readiness review which starts today at 2 p.m. Top Shuttle managers are assembling for the meeting at Johnson Space Center to conduct a thorough review of Shuttle wiring assessments and corrective actions taken before transferring Discovery out of the Orbiter Processing Facility.

Wiring repair and protection efforts are complete and the payload bay doors are closed. Repairs on Discovery's No. 2 nitrogen tank are complete and tests indicate that the temperature sensor is in working order. Aft compartment close-outs and structural leak tests are complete and weight and center of gravity tests were conducted yesterday. Preparations are under way to support Discovery's rollover to the Vehicle Assembly Building as early as 10 a.m. tomorrow, but a decision to roll will not be made until after the Shuttle wiring review.

 

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