WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 1998 (12:08 PM EDT)
NOTE: At the completion of yesterday’s Flight Readiness Review, Shuttle managers announced Oct. 29 as the official launch date for STS-95. At the pad, workers installed the astronaut contingency space suits last night. The HOST payload end-to-end test is complete and payload closeout activities continue this week. Verification tests of the onboard Space-to-Space Radio communication system are scheduled today. Technicians will also perform standard crew cabin leak checks today. Replacement of mass memory unit No. 2 begins Thursday.
STS-95 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
UNITY CONNECTING MODULE
NOTE: Endeavour’s final structural leak checks were completed yesterday. Workers are completing orbiter weight and center of gravity tests, and today at noon, Endeavour will be mounted on the orbiter transfer vehicle. The orbiter is expected to begin first motion to the Vehicle Assembly Building as early as 6 a.m. tomorrow. Thursday afternoon, efforts begin to mate the orbiter to the external tank and solid rocket boosters in VAB high bay 3.
STS-88 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
NOTE: Columbia’s main engine installation begins Thursday and engine heat shield installation follows in two weeks. The AXAF payload is now expected to arrive at KSC in early January and the payload premate test will move accordingly to mid-November. Shuttle managers are reviewing the possible impact to the STS-93 major milestones.
STS-93 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
NOTE: Technicians are gaining access to Atlantis’ midbody compartment. Receiving inspections continue on schedule and electrical system validation is in work. Payload bay door opening occurs this week and the ferry flight tail cone removal continues.
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