Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
Dec. 19, 1999
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
11:30 AM EST
MISSION: STS-103 -- 3rd HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE SERVICING MISSION
LOCATION: Pad 39B
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: December 19 at 7:50 p.m. EST
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: December 27 at about 5:24 p.m. EST
LAUNCH WINDOW: 42 minutes
MISSION DURATION: 7 days, 21 hours, 34 minutes; with 3 EVAs
CREW: Brown, Kelly, Smith, Foale, Grunsfeld, Nicollier, Clervoy
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 317 nautical miles/28.45 degrees
Work in progress: Today, Shuttle managers decided to proceed with the STS-103 launch countdown and loading Discovery's external tank. The tanking activity began at 10:30 a.m. today and will take approximately 3 hours to complete.
The countdown clock will enter a planned 2-hour built-in hold at the T-3 hour mark at 2 p.m. The clock will resume at 4 p.m. and enter the next planned built-in hold at the T-20 minute mark at 6:40 p.m. for 10 minutes. The final planned hold will come at the T-9 minute mark at 7:01 p.m. for 40 minutes. The clock will resume at 7:41 p.m. for an on-time launch at 7:50 p.m. The launch window closes today at 8:32 p.m.
Tonight's weather forecast calls for improved conditions as the weak frontal boundary continues to drift north away from Central Florida. There is an 80 percent chance for acceptable weather conditions tonight. Clouds will be scattered at 3,000 feet, 8,000 feet, and 25,000 feet; visibility will be 7 miles; winds out of the southeast at 10 knots; temperature at 65 degrees F; and there is a slight chance of a low cloud ceiling.
Although the Kennedy Space Center is the prime end-of-mission landing site, Shuttle managers carefully reviewed turnaround-processing operations at Edwards Air Force Base, CA, should landing be diverted. There are several landing opportunities in both Florida and California on the planned landing on Dec. 27. Historical weather data indicates both sites have a high probability of favorable weather this time of year at the planned landing time.
CREW FOR MISSION STS-103
Commander (CDR) Curt Brown
Pilot (PLT) Scott Kelly
Mission Specialist (MS1) Steve Smith
Mission Specialist (MS2) Jean-Francois Clervoy
Mission Specialist (MS3) John Grunsfeld
Mission Specialist (MS4) Michael Foale
Mission Specialist (MS5) Claude Nicollier
SUMMARY OF STS-103 LAUNCH DAY CREW ACTIVITIES
Sunday, December 19
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Crew wake up
11:30 a.m. Breakfast
2:55 p.m.* Lunch/Photo opportunity
3:25 p.m. CDR, PLT, MS2 weather briefing
3:25 p.m. MS1, MS3, MS4, MS5 don launch and entry suits
3:35 p.m.* CDR, PLT, MS2 don launch and entry suits
4:05 p.m.* Depart for Launch Pad 39B
4:35 p.m.* Arrive at white room and begin ingress
5:50 p.m.* Close crew hatch
7:50 p.m.* Launch
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