KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE
SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1998 (12:53 PM EST)
MISSION: STS-93 -- Chandra X-ray Observatory (formerly AXAF)
- VEHICLE: Columbia/OV-102
- LOCATION: OPF bay 3
- TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: no earlier than April 8, time TBD
- TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: no earlier than April 13, time TBD
- LAUNCH WINDOW: 47 minutes
- MISSION DURATION: 5 days
- CREW: Collins, Ashby, Hawley, Coleman, Tognini
- ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 153 nautical miles/28.45 degrees
NOTE: Columbia's payload bay doors were closed yesterday for the holiday down period. In the Vehicle Assembly Building, external tank and solid rocket boosters are in high bay 1 and closeouts will resume after the holidays.
STS-93 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
- Payload bay doors closed prior to OPF rollout (Jan. 13)
- Orbiter weight and center of gravity tests (Jan. 28)
- Orbiter transferred to VAB for external tank mate (Feb. 1)
MISSION: STS-96 -- 2nd U.S. INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION FLIGHT
SPACEHAB DOUBLE MODULE
- VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
- LOCATION: OPF bay 1
- TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: May 13, 1999 at 12:33 p.m. EST
- TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: May 24, 1999 at 8:47 a.m. EST
- MISSION DURATION: 11 days (+1)
- CREW: Rominger, Husband, Ochoa, Jernigan, Barry, Payette, Malenchenko
- ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 173 nautical miles/51.6 degrees
NOTE: Discovery's fuel cell voltage tests are complete. Replacement of the Shuttle main engine No. 2 pitch actuator is in work. Preparations for the holiday down period are also under way.
STS-96 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
- Payload bay doors opened after holiday down time (Jan. 5)
- Forward reaction control system installed (Jan. 8)
MISSION: STS-101 -- 3rd INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION FLIGHT
SPACEHAB DOUBLE MODULE/ICC
NOTE: Atlantis remains in VAB high bay 2 awaiting Columbia's move to the VAB in early February. The orbiter's onboard tactical air command and navigation system (TACAN) is being installed. OPF bay 3 will house Atlantis throughout the STS-101 processing flow. Preparations are in work to secure the orbiter for the holidays.
MISSION: STS-99 -- SHUTTLE RADAR TOPOGRAPHY MISSION (SRTM)
- VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105
- LOCATION: OPF bay 2
- TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Sept. 16 at 8:47 a.m.
- TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Sept. 27 at 12:52 p.m.
- MISSION DURATION: 11 days
- CREW: Kregel, Gorie, Kavandi, Voss, Mohri, Thiele
- ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 126 nautical miles/57 degrees
NOTE: Endeavour's post-flight deservicing continues. The Mighty SAT and ICBC payloads have been removed. Today, workers will close Endeavour's payload bay doors for the holiday down period.
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