Status Report

Space Shuttle Status Report 25 October 2000

By SpaceRef Editor
October 25, 2000
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MISSION: STS-92 – 5th ISS Flight (3A) – Z-1 Truss, PMA-3

Post Landing

LOCATION: Edwards Air Force Base, California

KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Oct. 11, 2000 at 7:17 p.m. EDT

EAFB LANDING DATE/TIME: Oct. 24, 2000 at 5 p.m. EDT

MISSION DURATION: 12 days, 21 hours and 43 minutes

CREW: Duffy, Melroy, Wakata, Chiao, Wisoff, Lopez-Alegria, McArthur

ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 177 nautical miles/51.6 degrees

Shuttle Processing: Following yesterday’s landing of Shuttle Discovery at
Edwards Air Force Base, CA, preliminary inspections reveal the orbiter to be
in good condition. Discovery’s lower surface sustained 85 total debris hits
and only 14 hits had a dimension of 1-inch or larger. These hits are within
the normal range. The orbiter’s tires are reported to be in good condition
as well.

Workers are preparing Discovery for the transcontinental ferry flight back
to KSC. Managers currently plan to begin a one-day ferry flight back to KSC
at first light on Tuesday, Oct. 31. Ferry flight rules state that the
orbiter and Shuttle Carrier Aircraft 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

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

VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105

LOCATION: Vehicle Assembly Building

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: Earlier this week, technicians completed
Endeavour’s weight and center of gravity tests. Yesterday, the orbiter was
mated to the transport system and today at 4 a.m. Endeavour rolled out of
Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2 and into the VAB transfer aisle. Workers
in the VAB are preparing to lift Endeavour into high bay 1 where it will be
mated to the external tank and solid rocket boosters. The full Space Shuttle
stack is scheduled for roll out to Launch Pad 39B on Tuesday, Oct. 31.


Shuttle Endeavour rolls to Pad 39B – Oct. 31

All three auxiliary power units tested – Nov. 1

Rotating Service Structure extended – Nov. 1

Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test – Nov. 7-8

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: Atlantis’ right hand orbital maneuvering system pod
has been removed. Replacement of the orbiter’s startracker system is
complete. Window replacement work continues and leak/functional tests of
the main propulsion system are ongoing. Payload bay reconfiguration
continues on schedule.

SpaceRef staff editor.