Status Report

Space Shuttle Processing Status 1 March 2001

By SpaceRef Editor
March 1, 2001
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MISSION: STS-102 – 8th ISS Flight (5A.1) – Leonardo MPLM

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103

LOCATION: Launch Pad 39B

TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Mar. 8, 2001 at about 6:42 a.m. EST

TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Mar. 20, 2001 at about 2:02 a.m.

LAUNCH WINDOW: less than 5 minutes

MISSION DURATION: 11 days, 19 hours

CREW: Wetherbee, Kelly, Thomas, Richards; (up) Voss, Helms, Usachev; (down)
Shepherd, Gidzenko, Krikalev

ORBITAL INSERTION ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 122 nautical miles/51.6 degrees

Shuttle Processing Note: At KSC’s launch pad 39B, preparations continue to
ready Discovery for mission STS-102. Launch remains targeted for March 8 at
6:42 a.m. The Leonardo Multi-purpose Logistics Module (MPLM) has been
installed into Discovery’s payload bay and aft engine compartment closeouts
continue on schedule. The launch team is working no technical issues at this
The crew for mission STS-102 is scheduled to arrive at KSC Sunday evening.
The countdown is set to begin at 10 a.m. Monday, March 5.

Upcoming Milestones:

Orbiter aft compartment closeouts complete – Mar. 2

countdown – Mar. 5


Space Shuttle orbiters Atlantis and Columbia have both departed California
atop their respective 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, and have touched down
safely at their overnight layover locations.
Columbia departed Palmdale, Calif., at about 2 p.m. EST and arrived at Dyess
AFB, Texas, at about 5:40 p.m. EST.
Atlantis left Edwards AFB, Calif., at about 2:35 p.m. EST and arrived at
Altus AFB at about 5:45 p.m. EST.
Each orbiter ferry flight team will evaluate weather conditions tonight and
tomorrow morning for their continued trips back to KSC. Weather permitting,
both vehicles could be back at KSC by early Friday afternoon.
Columbia is returning from a 17-month long modification and refurbishment
process as part of a routine maintenance plan.
Atlantis is being returned to KSC following last week’s Edward Air Force
Base landing concluding Shuttle mission STS-98.
Poor weather in California prevented departure until today.

SpaceRef staff editor.