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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT THURSDAY, AUGUST 1, 1996 (10:59 AM EDT) KSC Public Affairs Contact: Bruce Buckingham (fax 407-867-2692) E-mail: Bruce.Buckinghamfirstname.lastname@example.org MISSION: STS-79 -- 4th MIR DOCKING & SPACEHAB DM VEHICLE: Atlantis/OV-104 LOCATION: Vehicle Assembly Building TARGET LAUNCH DATE/TIME: September 12 at about 6:26 a.m. (EDT) LAUNCH WINDOW: 7-10 minutes TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: September 21 at about 11:30 a.m. MISSION DURATION: 9 days, 5 hours CREW SIZE: 6 ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 196-245 statute miles/51.6 degrees NOTE: Stacking of the replacement solid rocket booster's (SRB) nears completion today as the right forward assembly is mated to the top of the booster stack in the Vehicle Assembly Building. SRB joint close-outs are continuing and the external tank is scheduled to be mated to the boosters Monday morning. Atlantis will be demated from the original set of SRBs tonight and transported to OPF bay no. 3. Atlantis will return to the VAB on Aug. 13 to be mated to the new stack. KEY STS-79 OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only): Demate orbiter from current SRB stack and move to OPF bay 3 (today) Mate external tank to solid rocket boosters (Monday) Transport orbiter back to VAB and mate with new set of SRBs (Aug. 13) Roll out Space Shuttle to Pad 39A (Aug. 20) STS-79 Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (Aug. 27-28) MISSION: STS-80 -- WAKE SHIELD FACILITY-3 and ORFEUS-SPAS-2 VEHICLE: Columbia/OV-102 LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1 TARGET LAUNCH DATE/TIME: (no earlier than) Oct. 31 at 2:40 p.m. (EST) LAUNCH WINDOW: 2 hours, 20 minutes TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: (no earlier than) Nov. 16 at 7:25 a.m. MISSION DURATION: 16 days CREW SIZE: 5 ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 218 statute miles/28.45 degrees NOTE: A test of the master events controller will be in work today and functional tests on the orbital maneuvering system continues. KEY STS-80 OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only): Begin removing Space Shuttle main engines (Aug. 7) Complete installation of main engines (about Aug. 15) NOTE: MISSION STS-81, ATLANTIS, IS TARGETED FOR LAUNCH ABOUT JAN. 16, 1997. SHUTTLE PROCESSING STATUS WILL BE ISSUED FOLLOWING MISSION STS-79. MISSION: STS-82 -- HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE SERVICING MISSION-2 VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103 LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2 TARGET LAUNCH DATE: February 13, 1997 LAUNCH WINDOW: 61 minutes TARGET KSC LANDING DATE: February 23, 1997 MISSION DURATION: 9 days, 22 hours CREW SIZE: 7 ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 360 statute miles/28.45 degrees NOTE: Preparations to install the right hand orbital maneuvering system pod and work to complete the installation of the remote manipulator system continues this week. KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only): Complete installation of right hand orbital maneuvering system pod (about Aug. 7) Remote manipulator system installation complete (Aug. 20) Install forward reaction control system (about Aug. 28)
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