Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
Dec. 16, 1999
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
3:30 PM EST
MISSION: STS-103 -- 3rd HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE SERVICING MISSION
LOCATION: Pad 39B
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: December 17 at 8:47 p.m. EST
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: December 26 at about 6:25 p.m. EST
LAUNCH WINDOW: 42 minutes
MISSION DURATION: about 8 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: Space Shuttle managers today announced a 24-hour delay in the launch of Shuttle Discovery on mission STS-103. The next launch opportunity is at 8:47 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17. Shuttle engineers have requested the additional time to confirm the quality control processes for Arrowhead Products of Los Alamitos, California. Arrowhead is a vendor that provides welded propellant lines to the Shuttle Program, including main propulsion system (MPS) lines in the orbiter's aft engine compartment.
On Tuesday, the vendor's quality control personnel notified NASA of a welding flaw on a pressure line being fabricated for use on a future external tank. While Shuttle engineers have already exonerated Shuttle Discovery's external tank of any welding flaws, the ongoing evaluation will confirm the quality of the procedures used to manufacture Shuttle MPS lines. Though managers are confident in the structural integrity of Discovery's MPS lines, this evaluation is being conducted as a precaution.
Launch managers at KSC are not working any significant issues and stand ready to support tomorrow's launch opportunity. The countdown clock will hold at the T-11 hour mark and a decision to begin tanking operations will be made at about noon tomorrow. Weather officials indicate a 60 percent chance that weather will prohibit tomorrow's launch. The primary concern is thick cloud layers and the possibility of coastal showers.
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
Friday, December 17
11:00 a.m. Crew wake up
12:30 p.m. Breakfast
3:52 p.m.* Lunch/Photo opportunity
4:22 p.m. CDR, PLT, MS2 weather briefing
4:22 p.m. MS1, MS3, MS4, MS5 don launch and entry suits
4:32 p.m.* CDR, PLT, MS2 don launch and entry suits
5:02 p.m.* Depart for Launch Pad 39B
5:32 p.m.* Arrive at white room and begin ingress
6:47 p.m.* Close crew hatch
8:47 p.m.* Launch
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