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Nov. 8, 1999
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19991108
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
4:30 PM EST

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

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
LOCATION: VAB
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: early December (under review)
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: mid-December (under review)
LAUNCH WINDOW: 42 minutes
MISSION DURATION: 10 days
CREW: Brown, Kelly, Smith, Foale, Grunsfeld, Nicollier, Clervoy
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 317 nautical miles/28.45 degrees
Work in progress: The planned rollout of Space Shuttle Discovery to Launch Pad 39B has been delayed beyond Tuesday, Nov. 9. During standard Shuttle Interface Test activities this morning, engineers in firing room No. 1 noted loss of command capability for a range safety cable that supports both solid rocket boosters. Subsequent visual inspections revealed damage to the SRB cross-strap cable that runs between the external tank (ET)/SRB attach points and through the ET intertank.

KSC managers have decided to replace the cable and are developing a plan to accommodate the unexpected work. The impact of this work on the remainder of Discovery’s processing schedule is being assessed. Preliminary reports indicate that an early December launch date is still achievable.

The Hubble Servicing Mission cargo was transported to the launch pad early this morning and transfer into the payload change-out room is in work.

 

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