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Nov. 15, 1999
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19991115
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
12:30 PM EST

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

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
LOCATION: Pad 39B
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: December 6 at 2:37 a.m. EST
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: December 15 at 11:57 p.m. EST
LAUNCH WINDOW: 42 minutes
MISSION DURATION: 9 days, 21 hours, 20 minutes
CREW: Brown, Kelly, Smith, Foale, Grunsfeld, Nicollier, Clervoy
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 317 nautical miles/28.45 degrees
Work in progress: Space Shuttle Discovery rolled out to Launch Pad 39B on Saturday, Nov. 13. First motion from the Vehicle Assembly Building began a 7:27 a.m. and the Shuttle was hard down at the pad by 2:17 p.m. Discovery had been scheduled to begin its transfer to the pad at 2 a.m., but inspections of minor external tank foam damage delayed the departure.

While Discovery was in the VAB, workers completed efforts to replace Shuttle main engine No. 3 and the solid rocket booster range safety cable. The Shuttle Interface Test validated all Space Shuttle connections prior to rollout. Final checks of the replaced main engine will be completed at the pad. Launch pad validations are under way and installation of the payload into Discovery's payload bay is slated for tomorrow.

The seven-member flight crew arrived at KSC Sunday afternoon and will participate in Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test activities through Wednesday. The launch day dress rehearsal concludes Wednesday at 11 a.m. with a simulated main engine cutoff. Shuttle managers will convene the STS-103 Flight Readiness Review on Friday, Nov. 19 to discuss the overall readiness of all Space Shuttle systems for flight.

Major Processing Milestones: (targets only)
Payload installed into orbiter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (Nov. 16)
Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (crew dress rehearsal) . . . . (Nov. 17)
Flight Readiness Review . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (Nov. 19)
Shuttle main engine test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (Nov. 23)

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 5 minutes
CREW: Kregel, Gorie, Kavandi, Voss, Mohri, Thiele
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 126 nautical miles/57 degrees
Work in progress: Wiring retests on orbiter Endeavour are ongoing and midbody closeouts conclude today. Installation of the SRTM payload into Endeavour's payload bay is scheduled to occur tomorrow.

Major Processing Milestones: (targets only)
Payload installed into orbiter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (Nov. 16)
Orbiter transferred to VAB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (Dec. 2)
Space Shuttle rolls out to Launch Pad 39A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (Dec. 8)

 

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