Status Report

Space Shuttle Processing Status 6 Apr 2001

By SpaceRef Editor
April 6, 2001
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MISSION: STS-100 – 9th ISS Flight (6A) -Raffaello MPLM, SSRMS

VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105

LOCATION: Launch Pad 39A

KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Apr. 19, 2001 at 2:41 p.m. EDT

KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Apr. 30, 2001 at 9:35 a.m.

MISSION DURATION: 10 days, 18 hours and 54 minutes

CREW: Rominger, Ashby, Hadfield, Parazynski, Phillips, Guidoni, Lonchakov

ORBITAL INSERTION ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 173 nautical miles/51.6 degrees

Shuttle Processing Note: Following yesterday’s Flight Readiness Review at
Kennedy Space Center, Shuttle managers announced April 19 as the official
launch date for STS-100. Processing efforts at Launch Pad 39A continue on

The MPLM payload, Raffaello, arrived at the pad yesterday and was installed
into the payload change-out room. Raffaello’s installation into Endeavour’s
payload bay is scheduled to occur tomorrow. The payload bay doors will be
closed for flight Apr. 10.

The orbiter’s midbody umbilical unit will be mated and leak checked Monday,
and aft engine compartment closeouts begin Monday and conclude Apr. 13.
Shuttle ordnance installation starts Tuesday. Space suit checks and flight
crew equipment early stowage are slated for Tuesday as well. The launch
countdown is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. April 16.

Upcoming Milestones:

Orbiter aft engine compartment closeouts begin – Apr. 9

Shuttle ordnance installation begins – Apr. 10

Close payload bay doors for flight – Apr. 10

Flight crew equipment early stow – Apr. 10

Launch countdown starts- Apr. 16 at 6 p.m.

SpaceRef staff editor.