Status Report

Space Shuttle Status Report 18 May 2000

By SpaceRef Editor
May 18, 2000
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THURSDAY, MAY 18, 2000 (2:30 p.m. EDT)

MISSION: STS-101 — 3rd ISS Flight (2A.2a) – SPACEHAB DM

  • VEHICLE: Atlantis/OV-104
  • LOCATION: Launch Pad 39A
  • TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: May 19, 2000 at about 6:12 a.m. EDT
  • TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: May 29, 2000 at about 2:19 a.m.
  • LAUNCH WINDOW: 5 minutes
  • MISSION DURATION: 9 days, 20 hours, 7 minutes
  • CREW: Halsell, Horowitz, Weber, Williams, Voss, Helms, Usachev
  • ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 173 nautical miles/51.6 degrees

NOTE: Preparations for the launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis are proceeding very well with the
launch team working no significant technical issues. At the launch pad this morning, workers
completed final efforts to stow the flight crew’s equipment aboard Atlantis. The Rotating
Service Structure moved away from the Shuttle just after 1 p.m., and operations to load the
external tank begin tonight as early as 8:47 p.m.

Weather forecasters indicate 0 percent chance of weather prohibiting launch on Friday. The
forecast calls for few clouds at 3,000 feet and 4,500 feet; visibility at 7 miles; winds from the
southeast at 6 peaking to 10 knots; temperature at 74 degrees F; dew point at 65 degrees F;
and relative humidity at 74 percent. The forecast for a 24-hour launch delay indicates a 10
percent chance of weather prohibiting launch on Saturday.


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