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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 1996 (11:36 AM EDT) KSC Public Affairs Contact: Bruce Buckingham E-mail: Bruce.Buckinghamemail@example.com 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) right forward segment continues in the Vehicle Assembly Building and the right forward assembly should be in place by tomorrow morning. Booster stacking will be completed this weekend and the external tank is now scheduled to be mated to the stack Sunday. Atlantis will be demated from the original set of SRBs Thursday morning and transported to OPF bay no. 3 Thursday evening. 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 (Thursday) * Mate external tank to solid rocket boosters (Sunday) * Transport orbiter to VAB and mate with new set of solid rocket boosters (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 functional test on the orbital maneuvering system continues today. Work to connect APU #1 fuel lines and backfill operations are complete. Old wiring on the General Purpose Computers has been removed and will be replaced today. Borescoping of the Flash Evaporator System lines is in work. 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) 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 is in work this week. KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only): * Complete installation of right hand orbital maneuvering system pod (about Aug. 7) * Install remote manipulator system (Aug. 20) * Install forward reaction control system (about Aug. 28) ENDEAVOUR -- PREPARATIONS FOR ORBITER MAINTENANCE DOWN PERIOD (OMDP) VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105 LOCATION: Palmdale, CA NOTE: Endeavour, arrived in Palmdale, CA, bolted atop the modified 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), at about 3:45 p.m. EDT yesterday. The orbiter will be demated from the SCA on Thursday and then transported to Rockwell’s Orbiter Assembly Facility. Endeavour is in Palmdale for its first Orbiter Maintenance Down Period which is scheduled to last about eight months. NOTE: MISSION STS-81, ATLANTIS, IS TARGETED FOR LAUNCH ABOUT JAN. 16, 1997. SHUTTLE PROCESSING STATUS WILL BE ISSUED FOLLOWING MISSION STS-79.
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