FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, 1998 (11:45 AM EDT)
NOTE: KSC launch managers are not working any major concerns as preparations for the STS-95 launch countdown proceed on schedule. At the launch pad, ordnance closeouts are complete and Discovery's aft compartment doors are installed. Last night, installation of the robot arm elbow camera was delayed, but is now complete. Payload bay closeouts concluded this morning and the payload bay doors will be closed for flight midday today. This afternoon, workers will verify the torque of a few screws in the external airlock and flight crew equipment stowage will conclude tomorrow. Though managers are closely watching the tropical activity in the Caribbean, preliminary weather forecasts indicate favorable conditions for Thursday's launch of Shuttle Discovery.
STS-95 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
UNITY CONNECTING MODULE
NOTE: At Launch Pad 39A pad validations are complete. Last night, Endeavour's main engine tests began. Gusting winds at the pad prevented workers from executing planned hydraulic work today, but improving weather conditions will allow completion of the work next week. The Unity Connecting Module payload arrives at the pad Monday for installation into the payload changeout room.
STS-88 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
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