Press Release

Space Shuttle Status Report January 24, 2000

By SpaceRef Editor
January 24, 2000
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MONDAY, JANUARY 24, 2000 (2:00 PM 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: Shuttle managers today confirmed that Shuttle Endeavour remains on schedule for the targeted Jan. 31 launch date. Through work record evaluation, engineering analysis and manual tile inspection, engineers are confident that Endeavour’s thermal protection system is in excellent shape for launch.

Over the weekend, engineers determined that four camera mounts in Endeavour’s payload bay will be replaced with no schedule impact. Tuesday morning, the orbiter’s payload bay will be opened and workers will remove and replace two camera assemblies from the forward bulkhead and two camera assemblies from the aft bulkhead. Analysis showed that the camera mounts were slightly yielding to the camera’s weight. A strengthening modification has been implemented on the replacement units.

At Launch Pad 39A, workers continue with aft compartment close-outs, which conclude Wednesday. Ordnance installation continues through Wednesday and countdown preparations are in work.

Processing Milestones:
Ordnance installation complete (Jan. 24)
Orbiter aft comparment close-outs (Jan. 26)
Flight crew equipment stowage complete (Jan. 26)
Flight crew arrives at KSC (Jan. 27 at noon)
Launch Countdown 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 at about 9:30 p.m.
  • LAUNCH WINDOW: about 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: Servicing of Atlantis’ freon coolant loop No. 2 concluded last week. Wiring inspections and repairs continue in the orbiter’s aft and midbody compartments. Checks on the Ku-band antenna and TACAN system continue as well.

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

  • VEHICLE: Discoveryr/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
  • CREW: Duffy, Melroy, Wakata, Chiao, Wisoff, Lopez-Alegria and McArthur
  • ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 173 nautical miles/51.6 degrees

Work in progress: Functional tests on Discovery’s orbiter maneuvering system are under way. Orbiter main landing gear inspections concluded last week.


SpaceRef staff editor.