Status Report

Space Shuttle Processing Status 31 October 2000

By SpaceRef Editor
October 31, 2000
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Discovery Ferry Flight

Status: Orbiter Discovery will remain at Edwards Air Force Base another day
due to a mechanical problem with one of eight bolts that secure the tail
cone to the orbiter’s aft compartment. Managers expect Discovery and the
Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) to depart Edwards no earlier than midday
tomorrow and then arrive at KSC no earlier than Thursday.

Ferry managers had hoped to depart Edwards by noon today, but high winds in
the area hampered efforts to install the orbiter tail cone required for
Shuttle ferry flights. This morning, while workers were installing the
final tail cone bolt, it seized up preventing completion of the task.
Workers are troubleshooting the problem and hope to be ready for tomorrow’s

If the SCA and Discovery takeoff tomorrow, managers plan to stop at Fort
Worth Naval Air Station, Texas, to refuel and stay overnight. Altus Air
Force Base, Oklahoma, and El Paso, Texas are available backup sites for SCA
refueling on Wednesday. Forecasters indicate that weather at Edwards could
begin to deteriorate by Thursday. Ferry flight rules state that the orbiter
and SCA cannot fly through precipitation, thick clouds or high turbulence.
There are also wind and temperature restrictions. The flight plan and
duration may vary based upon weather conditions en route.

MISSION: STS-97 – 6th ISS Flight (4A) – PV Module P6

VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105

LOCATION: Launch Pad 39B

TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Nov. 30, 2000 at 10:01 p.m.

TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Dec.10, 2000 at 6:46 p.m.


CREW: Jett, Bloomfield, Tanner, Noriega, Garneau

ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 177 nautical miles/51.6 degrees

Shuttle Processing Note: Space Shuttle Endeavour began its move to Launch
Pad 39B at about 7 a.m. today. As the crawler transporter started up the
pad slope around 12:30 p.m., workers noted a broken cleat on the right rear
side of the tracked vehicle. Replacement of the broken cleat is complete
and Endeavour has arrived at the pad. The Space Shuttle should be hard down
at the pad surface at about 5 p.m. today. A crawler transporter has eight
tracks with 57 cleats on each track. Cleat replacement is part of standard
crawler maintenance.

MISSION: STS-98 – 7th ISS Flight (5A) – U.S. Laboratory

VEHICLE: Atlantis/OV-104

LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF) bay 3

TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Jan.18, 2001 at 3:36 a.m. EDT

TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Jan. 28, 2001 at 11:46 p.m.


CREW: Cockrell, Polansky, Curbeam, Jones, Ivins

ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 173 nautical miles/51.6 degrees

Shuttle Processing Note: Technicians have completed leak and functional
tests on Atlantis’ orbiter docking system. Auxiliary power unit testing is
in work. Payload bay reconfiguration continues on schedule and preparations
are under way for orbiter ammonia servicing.

SpaceRef staff editor.