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Nov. 22, 1999
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19991122
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
2:30 PM EST

MISSION: STS-103 -- 3rd HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE SERVICING MISSION

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
LOCATION: Pad 39B
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: December 9 at 1:10 a.m. EST
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: December 18 at about 10:15 p.m. EST
LAUNCH WINDOW: 42 minutes
MISSION DURATION: about 9 days and 21 hours
CREW: Brown, Kelly, Smith, Foale, Grunsfeld, Nicollier, Clervoy
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 317 nautical miles/28.45 degrees
Note: Shuttle managers today set December 9 as the launch date for Discovery on STS-103. The adjusted launch date allows technicians time to repair minor electrical wiring damage that was found recently in an umbilical between the Shuttle orbiter and the external tank. The schedule also allows the Shuttle workforce to observe the Thanksgiving holidays. Managers plan to reconvene the STS-103 Flight Readiness Review on Dec. 1at 2 p.m. to obtain a final status on the recent work completed on Discovery.

Friday, workers at Launch Pad 39B completed payload interface verification testing and today are conducting the planned end-to-end test. Payload bay close-outs begin this week and Discovery's payload bay doors will be closed for flight Nov. 24.

Over the weekend, oxidizer and fuel reactants were loaded into Discovery's onboard storage tanks. Leak checks on Shuttle main engine No. 3 are complete and good. Routine inspections of Discovery's aft compartment are in work in preparation for next week's orbiter aft close-outs.

Major Processing Milestones (targets only):
Shuttle main engine test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (Nov. 23)
Payload bay doors closed for flight. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(Nov. 24)
Shuttle Interface Test repeated . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(Nov. 29)
Ordnance installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(Dec. 1)
Orbiter aft compartment closed-out. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(Dec. 4)
Launch countdown begins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(Dec. 6)

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 1:11 p.m. EST
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Jan. 24, 2000 at 5:15 p.m. EST
LAUNCH WINDOW: 2 hours and 30 minutes
MISSION DURATION: 11 days and 4 hours
CREW: Kregel, Gorie, Kavandi, Voss, Mohri, Thiele
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 126 nautical miles/57 degrees
Work in progress: The Shuttle Radar Topography Mission payload was installed inside Endeavour's payload bay last week and orbiter interface verification testing has been completed. The payload bay doors are slated for closure this week. Managers plan to roll Endeavour to the Vehicle Assembly Building Dec. 2 to be mated to the external tank and solid rocket boosters. Once those activities are complete, Shuttle Endeavour will roll out to Launch Pad 39A.

Major Processing Milestones (targets only):
Payload bay doors closed for flight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(Nov. 28)
Orbiter transferred to VAB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(Dec. 2)
Shuttle rolls to Launch Pad 39A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(Dec. 7)

 

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