Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
May 8, 1997
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
12:34 PM EDT
KSC Public Affairs Contact: Joel Wells (fax 407-867-2692)
MISSION: STS-84 -- 6th MIR DOCKING & SPACEHAB DM
LOCATION: Pad 39A
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: May 15 at about 4:08 a.m.
LAUNCH WINDOW: 7 minutes
TARGET DOCKING WITH MIR: May 16 at about 10:39 p.m.
TARGET UNDOCKING WITH MIR: May 21 at about 9:05 p.m.
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: May 24 at 7:53 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: Close-out activities continue in Atlantis' aft compartment. The engine compartment doors are scheduled for installation tomorrow. Hypergolic propellant pressurization is complete. Testing of the orbiter's global positioning and inertial navigation systems continues today. Payload vertical close-outs are in work and payload bay door closure is slated for about 8 p.m. tomorrow.
STS-84 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
Orbiter aft compartment close-outs complete (May 9)
Payload bay doors closed for flight (May 9)
Launch countdown begins (May 11 at 11 p.m.)
STS-84 crew arrival (May 11 at 10:30 p.m.)
MISSION: STS-94 -- Microgravity Science Laboratory-1
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1
TARGET LAUNCH DATE/TIME: July 1 at 2:37 p.m.
LAUNCH WINDOW: 2 hours, 30 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: July 17 at 7:23 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 15 days, 16 hours, 46 minutes
CREW: Halsell, Still, Voss, Thomas, Gernhardt, Linteris, Crouch
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 160 nautical miles/28.45 degrees
NOTE: Work to install auxiliary power units No. 2 and No. 3 continues. The forward reaction control system arrived in the OPF last night and will be installed into the orbiter this weekend. Main engine installation is scheduled to begin Friday morning. The Spacelab interface verification test is in work and experiment health checks are scheduled through Friday night. In the VAB, preparations are underway for next week's planned external tank/solid rocket booster mating activities.
STS-94 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
Space Shuttle main engine installation (May 9 and 10)
Forward reaction control system installation (May 10)
MISSION: STS-85 -- CRISTA-SPAS-2
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2
TARGET LAUNCH DATE/TIME: August 7 at 10:39 a.m.
LAUNCH WINDOW: 1 hour, 41 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: August 18 at 7:27 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 10 days, 20 hours, 48 minutes
CREW: Brown, Rominger, Davis, Curbeam, Robinson, Tryggvason
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 160 nautical miles/57 degrees
NOTE: Preparations are in work for main engine installation on Monday. Payload premate activities continue. Engineering continues to analyze data on the bent bolts in the linkage of the power drive unit on the right hand external tank door.
STS-85 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
Space Shuttle main engine installation (May 12 and 13)
Payload installation (May 14)
MISSION: STS-88 -- ISS-01-2A
ENDEAVOUR (OV-105) NOTE: Endeavour is located in Orbiter Processing Facility bay 3. The freon coolant loop over pressurization test is complete and good. Removal of the right hand orbiter maneuvering system simulator is complete. Orbiter maneuvering system/reaction control system wiring work is in progress.
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