Status Report

Space Shuttle Status Report 5 Jan 2001

By SpaceRef Editor
January 5, 2001
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NOTE: This is an orbiter processing report and does not necessarily 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-98 – 7th ISS Flight (5A) – U.S. Laboratory

VEHICLE: Atlantis/OV-104

LOCATION: Launch Pad 39A

TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Jan. 19, 2001 at 2:11 a.m. EST

TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Jan. 29 at 10:37 p.m.

LAUNCH WINDOW: less than 5 minutes

MISSION DURATION: 10 days, 20 hours

CREW: Cockrell, Polansky, Curbeam, Jones, Ivins

ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 177 nautical miles/51.6 degrees

Shuttle Processing Note: Activities at launch pad 39A continue on schedule
for launch of Shuttle Atlantis on Jan. 19. Work at the pad this weekend
includes finalizing launch pad validations and the completion of the
Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test. The U.S. Laboratory “Destiny” is
scheduled for installation into Atlantis’ payload bay this weekend.

Early next week, work will begin to load hypergolic propellants into the
orbiter’s storage tanks. This should be complete by Wednesday, Jan. 10 and
will be followed by the main engine flight readiness test and ordnance
installation activities. Following final payload testing, the payload bay
doors will be closed for flight Thursday, Jan. 11.

Upcoming Milestones (dates are targets only):

Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test complete – Jan. 6

Begin loading propellant into Atlantis’ onboard tanks – Jan. 8

Shuttle Main Engine testing – Jan. 10

Orbiter aft compartment close-outs begin – Jan. 11

Ordnance installation begins – Jan. 13

SpaceRef staff editor.