TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 1998 (10:21 AM EDT)
NOTE: Over the weekend, the Rotating Service Structure was retracted for Saturday's KSC Open House and extended in place around the Shuttle immediately following the event. On Monday, workers completed the HOST payload Interface Verification Test and HOST end-to-end testing is in work today. Discovery's midbody umbilical connections were made yesterday and leak checks are complete. Technicians have also removed a faulty mass memory unit (MMU) and replacement of MMU No. 2 is slated for Thursday. Tonight, workers will install the astronaut contingency space suits into the orbiter. Payload closeout activities are scheduled through the remainder of the week. Shuttle managers have gathered at KSC today for the STS-95 Flight Readiness Review and are expected to announce Oct. 29 as the official launch date for Shuttle Discovery.
STS-95 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
UNITY CONNECTING MODULE
NOTE: Endeavour's aft compartment doors are installed and the engine compartment is closed-out for flight. Nose landing gear tire pressurization is complete. Final payload bay cleaning and radiator inspections are complete and the payload bay doors were closed last night in preparation for OPF roll out. Tonight, workers will perform the weight and center of gravity test and tomorrow Endeavour will be mounted on the orbiter transfer vehicle. The orbiter is expected to begin first motion to the Vehicle Assembly Building by late Wednesday night. By Thursday, Endeavour will be mated to the external tank and solid rocket boosters in VAB high bay 3.
STS-88 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
NOTE: Technicians completed fuel line connections for the orbiter's auxiliary power units last week. Shuttle main engine installation begins Thursday and engine heat shield installation follows in two weeks.
STS-93 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
NOTE: Workers have removed the forward reaction control system simulator kit and will transfer it to the Hypergolic Maintenance Facility. The payload bay doors will be opened this week and the ferry flight tail cone will be removed today. Powered orbiter testing continues.
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