Status Report

Space Shuttle Processing Status Report 14 Feb 2001

By SpaceRef Editor
February 14, 2001
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MISSION: STS-98 – 7th ISS Flight (5A) – U.S. Laboratory

VEHICLE: Atlantis/OV-104

LOCATION: On orbit

KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Feb. 7, 2001 at 6:13:02 p.m. EST

TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Feb. 18, 2001 at about 12:52 p.m. EST

LAUNCH WINDOW: less than 5 minutes

MISSION DURATION: 10 days, 18 hours and 39 minutes

CREW: Cockrell, Polansky, Curbeam, Jones, Ivins

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

Shuttle Processing Note: Shuttle Atlantis continues to be in excellent
health on orbit. Solid rocket booster open assessment continues to go well.
Workers are removing the booster aft skirts today and expect to remove the
solid rocket motor nozzles tomorrow. The nozzles are scheduled for shipment
to Utah Friday.

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 6:45 a.m. EST

TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Mar. 20, 2001 at about 1:13 a.m.

LAUNCH WINDOW: less than 5 minutes

MISSION DURATION: 11 days

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 Pad 39B, workers have completed launch pad
validations. The STS-102 and Increment 2 crews continued Terminal Countdown
Demonstration Test activities today. Tomorrow, they climb into Discovery’s
crew module and rehearse a simulated emergency egress. The astronauts are
scheduled to leave KSC for Houston, Texas, tomorrow at about 1:15 p.m.

Shuttle main engine flight readiness testing begins tomorrow. Discovery’s
helium signature leak test occurs Monday, and orbiter prelaunch propellant
loading begins Tuesday. The MPLM payload, “Leonardo”, is scheduled to
arrive at the pad Feb. 23 for installation into Discovery’s payload bay.

Upcoming Milestones:

Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test complete – Feb. 15

Prelaunch orbiter propellant load begins – Feb. 20

Payload arrives at Pad 39B – Feb. 23

MPLM installed into Discovery’s payload bay – Feb. 26

MISSION: STS-100 – 9th ISS Flight (6A) -Raffaello MPLM, SSRMS

VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105

LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2

TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Apr. 19, 2001 at 2:04 p.m. EDT

TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Apr. 30, 2001 at 9:56 a.m.

MISSION DURATION: 11 days

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

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

Shuttle Processing Note: Endeavour’s three main engines have been installed.
Today, power reactant storage and distribution system testing is in work.
Technicians are conducting interface verification on the recently installed
left-hand orbital maneuvering system pod. Payload premate testing is
scheduled this week.

SpaceRef staff editor.