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Dec. 13, 1999
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19991213
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
11:00 AM EST

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

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
LOCATION: Pad 39B
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: December 16 at 9:18 p.m. EST
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: December 26 at about 6:56 p.m. EST
LAUNCH WINDOW: 41 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
Work in progress: Over the weekend, workers at Launch Pad 39B completed inspections and leak checks on Shuttle Discovery's replaced liquid hydrogen recirculation line. Engine compartment close-outs started Sunday and are expected to conclude later today. Launch managers at KSC plan to begin the 43-hour countdown Tuesday at 1:30 a.m. EST. Weather forecasts indicate an 80 percent chance of favorable weather conditions for Thursday's launch attempt at 9:18 p.m.

Processing Milestones:
Aft engine compartment closed-out for flight. . . . . . . . . . . . . (Dec. 13)
Launch countdown clock begins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(Dec. 14 at 1:30 a.m.)
Cryogenics loaded in Discovery's onboard storage tanks . . . (Dec. 15)
Rotating Service Structure moved to park position . . . . . . . .(Dec. 16 at 2:30 a.m.)

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

VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105
LOCATION: enroute to Pad 39A
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: January (under review)
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: (under review)
LAUNCH WINDOW: 54 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: Space Shuttle Endeavour rolled out of the Vehicle Assembly Building today at 7 a.m., headed toward Launch Pad 39A. Once at the pad, workers will begin routine launch pad validations. All three auxiliary power units will be hot fire tested tomorrow. The remainder of the STS-99 prelaunch work schedule is being reviewed due to the recent engine replacement and in order to accommodate STS-103 processing efforts.

 

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