Status Report

Jonathan’s Space Report No. 441 19 Dec 2000

By SpaceRef Editor
December 19, 2000
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Shuttle and Stations


The STS-97 mission has been completed successfully, and Station Alpha
has a new set of solar panels. The Station was observed by several
dozen of us from the roof of the Harvard Observatory as it passed
over at 0006 UTC on Dec 16, an impressive sight at about mag -1.

Astronauts Noriega and Tanner on Dec 7 performed EVA-3 to fix the
tension in the SAW-2B solar array on the Station. Airlock depress was at
1609 UTC, hatch open at 1610 UTC and battery power at 1613 UTC. The
astronauts left the airlock a few minutes later, probably about 1620
UTC. After fixing the solar array they installed the FPPU device to
measure plasma conditions near the top of P6 and performed a few other
minor tasks. They returned to the airlock at around 2110 UTC, closing
the hatch at 2119 and repressurizing at 2122 for a duration of 5:14
(depress), 5:09 (Hatch open/close) or 5:10 (NASA rule).

The Endeavour crew then entered the station at 1436 UTC on Dec 8,
delivering supplies to Alpha’s Expedition One crew. Hatches
were closed again at 1551 UTC Dec 9, and Endeavour undocked at 1913 UTC
the same day. After one flyaround of the station, Endeavour fired
its engines to depart the vicinity at 2017 UTC Dec 9.

The deorbit burn was at 2158 UTC on Dec 11, changing the
orbit from 351 x 365 km to 27 x 365 km, with landing
at Runway 15 of Kennedy Space Center at 2303 UTC.

The next Shuttle flight is STS-98. Orbiter 104 Atlantis will deliver the
Destiny lab module to the Station. Atlantis has been mated to external
tank ET-106 and solid boosters RSRM-77. The stack is on Mobile Launch
Platform MLP-2 in high bay 3 of the Vehicle Assembly Building. Rollout
of STS-98 to the pad is being delayed because some wiring in the SRBs
needs repair. During the STS-97 launch, the SRB separation system had
problems when one explosive separation cartridge failed to fire; a
backup system saved the mission.

Current Launches


No new launches since Dec 6; an Ariane 5G is scheduled for Dec 20.
(the “5G” designation is used for the generic Ariane 5 to distinguish
it from the uprated versions which will be introduced soon).

The UTC launch dates for EROS A1 and USA 155 are Dec 5 and Dec 6
respectively; sorry about the typo last issue.

Object 26614, originally cataloged as 2000-72G from the Ariane-5 PAS-1R
launch, has been recataloged as 1978-26HU; I assume 72G turned out
to be spurious or unconfirmed. 72F, cataloged as “Ariane 5 deb (SYLDA)”
is actually the conical ACU 1663SP adapter that separated PAS 1R from

AMSAT’s SBS adapter.

Table of Recent Launches


Date UT       Name            Launch Vehicle  Site            Mission    INTL.
Nov 10 1714 GPS SVN 41 Delta 7925 Canaveral SLC17A Navsat 71A
Nov 16 0107 PAS 1R ) Ariane 5G Kourou ELA3 Commsat 72A
AMSAT-Oscar-40) Commsat 72B
STRV-1c ) Tech 72C
STRV-1d ) Tech 72D
Nov 16 0132 Progress M1-4 Soyuz-U Baykonur LC1 Cargo 73A
Nov 20 2300 QuickBird 1 Kosmos-3M Plesetsk LC132 Imaging 74A
Nov 21 1824 EO-1 ) Delta 7320 Vandenberg SLC2W Imaging 75A
SAC-C ) Imaging 75B
Munin ) Science 75C
Nov 21 2356 Anik F-1 Ariane 44L Kourou ELA2 Commsat 76A
Nov 30 1959 Sirius 3 Proton-K/DM3 Baykonur LC81L Commsat 77A
Dec 1 0306 Endeavour) Space Shuttle Kennedy LC39 Spaceship 78A
ITS P6 ) Station seg.
Dec 5 1232 EROS A1 Start-1 Svobodniy Imaging 79A
Dec 6 0247 USA 155 Atlas 2AS Canaveral SLC36A Commsat? 80A

Current Shuttle Processing Status


Orbiters               Location   Mission    Launch Due   

OV-102 Columbia Palmdale OMDP
OV-103 Discovery OPF Bay 1 STS-102 2001 Mar 1 ISS 5A.1
OV-104 Atlantis VAB Bay 3 STS-98 2001 Jan 18 ISS 5A
OV-105 Endeavour OPF Bay 2 STS-100 2001 Apr 19 ISS 6A

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