THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 1998 (2:59 PM EDT)
NOTE: At the pad, workers completed installation and final checks of the astronaut contingency space suits yesterday. Final testing of the new space-to-space radio communication system is also complete. This morning Discoveryís crew cabin and SPACEHAB pressure decay leak checks began. Mass memory unit No. 2 will be installed in the orbiter this afternoon and MMU loading begins tomorrow. SPACEHAB early stow activities begin tomorrow and early next week orbiter aft compartment closeouts occur.
STS-95 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
UNITY CONNECTING MODULE
NOTE: Endeavour was mounted on the orbiter transfer vehicle yesterday and began first motion to the Vehicle Assembly Building at 6:18 a.m. today. The orbiter is currently located in the VAB transfer aisle and will be mated to the STS-88 external tank and solid rocket boosters in VAB high bay 3 later today. The Shuttle Interface Test will be conducted through Monday and the entire Shuttle stack will roll out to Launch Pad 39A on Wednesday beginning at 7 a.m.
STS-88 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
NOTE: 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.
NOTE: Removal of Atlantisí ferry flight tail cone is complete. Technicians continue to gain access to the orbiterís midbody compartment and receiving inspections continue on schedule. Orbiter electrical system validations continue. Preparations are in work for removal of the simulated orbiter maneuvering system pods.
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