Press Release

Space Shuttle Status Report January 14, 2000

By SpaceRef Editor
January 14, 2000
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(2 p.m. EST)

MISSION: STS-99 – Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM)

VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105

LOCATION: Pad 39A

TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Jan. 31, 2000 at 12:47 p.m. EST

TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Feb. 11, 2000 at 4:55 p.m. EST

LAUNCH WINDOW: 2 hours and 2 minutes

MISSION DURATION: 11 days and 4 hours

CREW: Kregel, Gorie, Kavandi, Voss, Mohri, Thiele

ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 126 nautical miles/57 degrees

Work in progress: Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test activities concluded
today at about 11 a.m. A planned Y2K end-to-end test was conducted in
parallel with TCDT activities and concludes later today. The test will
confirm that all ground, flight and vehicle systems performed as expected.
The six-member flight crew departs KSC at about 2:35 p.m. today headed for
Ellington Field in Houston, TX.

At the launch pad, workers are preparing for Saturday’s prelaunch fuel
loading operations. Endeavour’s aft compartment close-outs began yesterday
and will proceed into next week. Endeavour’s payload bay doors will be
opened Monday to accommodate cable rerouting for an onboard orbiter camera.
Also, spacesuit checks are scheduled early next week.

Processing Milestones (target dates only):

Prelaunch propellant loading concludes (Jan.
15)

Flight Readiness Review (Jan. 18)

Ordnance installation begins (Jan. 24)

Flight crew equipment stowage begins (Jan.
25)

Launch Coundown begins
(Jan. 28 at 5:30 p.m.)

MISSION: STS-101 – 3rd ISS Flight (2A.2) – SPACEHAB DM

VEHICLE: Atlantis/OV-104

LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 3

TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: no earlier than April 13, 2000

TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: April 24, 2000

LAUNCH WINDOW: 5-10 minutes

MISSION DURATION: 10 days and 19 hours

CREW: Halsell, Horowitz, Weber, Lu, Williams, Malenchenko and Morukov

ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 173 nautical miles/51.6 degrees

Work in progress: Yesterday, Shuttle managers announced that the launch of
Shuttle Atlantis will occur no earlier than April 13. The additional time
allows ground crews at KSC to complete routine processing milestones, and
accommodates extensive wiring inspections and repair. Main landing gear
wheel and tire assembly installation concludes today.

MISSION: STS-92 – 4th ISS Flight (3A) – Z-1 Truss, PMA-3

VEHICLE: Discovery /OV-103

LOCATION: OPF bay 1

TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: No earlier than June 14, 2000 at 8:42 p.m. EDT

TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: June 24, 2000 at 5:10 p.m. EDT

LAUNCH WINDOW: 10 minutes

MISSION DURATION: 10 days

CREW: Duffy, Melroy, Wakata, Chiao, Wisoff, Lopez-Alegria and McArthur

ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 173 nautical miles/51.6 degrees

Work in progress: Hypergolic deservicing of the orbiter maneuvering system
is ongoing. Inspection of Discovery’s nose landing gear is complete and
main landing gear work begins next week.

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SpaceRef staff editor.