Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
March 14, 1997
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
11:30 AM EST
KSC Public Affairs Contact: Joel Wells (fax 407-867-2692)
MISSION: STS-83 -- Microgravity Science Laboratory-1
LOCATION: Pad 39A
TARGET LAUNCH DATE/TIME: April 3 at 2:01 p.m. EST
LAUNCH WINDOW: 2 hours, 30 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: April 19 at about 7:37 a.m. EDT
MISSION DURATION: 15 days, 16 hours, 36 minutes
CREW: Halsell, Still, Voss, Thomas, Gernhardt, Linteris, Crouch
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 160 nautical miles/28.45 degrees
NOTE: The STS-83 Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (TCDT) continues with a mock launch countdown culminating in a simulated main engine cutoff at 11 a.m. today.
Preparations to replace a low pressure fuel turbo pump on main engine No. 1 are complete and the spare pump is ready for installation. Due to high winds last night, the fuel pump replacement will be worked in tandem with SRB nozzle plug work through the weekend.
STS-83 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (TCDT) (today)
Remove and replace the low pressure fuel turbo pump on SSME No. 1 (weekend)
Remove and replace SRB nozzle plugs (weekend)
Flight Readiness Review (March 20)
Ordnance installation (March 26)
MISSION: STS-84 -- 6th MIR DOCKING & SPACEHAB DM
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 3
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: May 15 at about 4:07 a.m.
LAUNCH WINDOW: 7-10 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: May 24 at about 7:52 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 9 days, 3 hours, 45 minutes
CREW: Precourt, Collins, Foale, Noriega, Lu, Clervoy, Kondakova
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 160 nautical miles/51.6 degrees
NOTE: Orbiter Docking System functional checks continue today and should be complete tonight. Borescope inspections of Atlantis' three main engines are complete and no fuel pump anomolies were found.
STS-84 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
Orbiter Docking System functional check (today)
Remove and replace SRB nozzle plugs in the VAB (March 19-20)
Crew equipment and interface test (March 22)
Mate external tank to solid rocket boosters (March 24)
Close payload bay doors for roll to VAB (March 31)
Roll over to the VAB (April 9)
MISSION: STS-85 -- CRISTA-SPAS-2
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2
TARGET LAUNCH DATE/TIME: July 17 at 10:06 a.m.
LAUNCH WINDOW: 1 hour, 54 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: July 28 at about 6:54 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 10 days, 20 hours, 48 minutes
CREW: Brown, Ashby, Davis, Curbeam, Robinson, Tryggvason
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 160 nautical miles/57 degrees
NOTE: Check-outs of the orbital maneuvering system and reaction control system continue. Preparations for Space Shuttle main engine removal also continue. Hydraulic system inspection is in work today.
STS-85 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
Fuel cell voltage tests (today)
Forward reaction control system functional checks (March 21)
Remove Space Shuttle main engines (March 28)
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