Status Report

Space Shuttle Status Report 29 June 2000

By SpaceRef Editor
June 29, 2000
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THURSDAY, JUNE 29, 2000 (3:30 p.m. EDT)

NOTE: This is an orbiter processing report and does not reflect the chronological order of upcoming Space Shuttle flights. Visit on the KSC Home Page for the latest schedule of future Shuttle missions.

MISSION: STS-106 — 4th ISS Flight (2A.2b)

  • VEHICLE: Atlantis/OV-104
  • LOCATION: OPF bay 3
  • TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Sept. 8, 2000 at 8:31 a.m. EDT
  • TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Sept. 19, 2000 at 3:12 a.m.
  • LAUNCH WINDOW: 10 minutes
  • MISSION DURATION: 10 days, 18 hours and 41 minutes
  • CREW: Wilcutt, Altman, Lu, Malenchenko, Morukov, Mastracchio, Burbank
  • ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 177 nautical miles/51.6 degrees

Shuttle Processing Note: This week, technicians completed transformer replacement efforts on the left hand orbiter maneuvering system pod and valve cycling tests concluded yesterday. Checks of the orbiter docking system’s (ODS) pyrotechnics are complete and ODS functional tests are ongoing. Testing of the space-to-space orbiter radio system is in progress. Preparations are under way for engine installation, currently slated to begin Wednesday. Testing of the orbiter’s external tank umbilical door and main propulsion system checks continue on schedule.

MISSION: STS-92 — 5th ISS Flight (3A) — Z-1 Truss, PMA-3

  • VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
  • LOCATION: OPF bay 1
  • TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Oct. 5, 2000 at about 9:49 p.m. EDT
  • MISSION DURATION: 10 days, 19 hours, 28 minutes
  • CREW: Duffy, Melroy, Wakata, Chiao, Wisoff, Lopez-Alegria, McArthur
  • ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 177 nautical miles/51.6 degrees

Shuttle Processing Note: Shuttle program managers decided today to move Shuttle Discovery’s launch date to Oct. 5. The decision allows managers ample time to review the Shuttle’s performance following the STS-106 mission. Shuttle processing efforts at KSC remain on schedule.

Checks of the forward reaction control system are in work, and orbiter maneuvering system pod functional tests are scheduled. Managers expect the PMA-3 Space Station component to arrive at the OPF next week for installation into the orbiter’s payload bay.

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

  • VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105
  • LOCATION: OPF bay 2
  • TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Nov. 30, 2000 at time TBD (under review)
  • TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Dec. 9, 2000 at time TBD
  • CREW: Jett, Bloomfield, Tanner, Noriega, Garneau
  • ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 177 nautical miles/51.6 degrees

Shuttle Processing Note: Workers removed the robot arm from the payload bay yesterday to undergo further preflight evaluation. The wireless video modification continues. Functional tests of Endeavour’s intertial measurement units are in work and calibration work follows later this week.


SpaceRef staff editor.