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SHUTTLE STATUS



KENNEDY SPACE CENTER
SHUTTLE PROCESSING STATUS
KSC Contact: Joel Wells                                         Monday,
Aug.
28, 2000

(6:03 PM)

NOTE:  This is an orbiter processing report and does not necessarily
reflect
the chronological order of upcoming Space Shuttle flights. Visit
http://www-pao.ksc.nasa.gov/kscpao/schedule/schedule.htm on the KSC Home

Page for the latest schedule of future Shuttle missions.

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

VEHICLE: Atlantis/OV-104
LOCATION: Launch Pad 39B
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Sept. 8, 2000 at 8:45 am EDT (preferred
launch
time)
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Sept. 19, 2000 at 4:59 am
LAUNCH WINDOW:  2 ½ minutes
MISSION DURATION: 10 days, 20 hours and 14 minutes
CREW: Wilcutt, Altman, Lu, Malenchenko, Morukov, Mastracchio, Burbank
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 177 nautical miles/51.6 degrees

Shuttle Processing Note: Prelaunch processing of Space Shuttle Atlantis
continues on schedule at Launch Pad 39B.  Last week, workers loaded
oxidizer
and fuel into the orbiter's onboard storage tanks.  Engineers
successfully
completed a hot fire test of auxiliary power unit No. 1 last Friday, and

payload interface verification testing is complete. Technicians are
working
to close-out Atlantis' aft compartment for flight and preparations are
under
way for ordnance installation.  Shuttle managers will convene the
STS-106
Flight Readiness Review at KSC tomorrow and are expected to announce
Sept. 8
as Atlantis' official launch date.

Milestones:
Flight Readiness Review . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. .
. . . . . . . . . .Aug. 29
Ordnance installations complete . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. .
. . . . . . . .Aug. 30
Orbiter payload bay doors closed for flight . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. .
. . . . . .Aug. 30
Space suit functional testing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. .
. . . . . . . . . .Aug. 30
Orbiter aft compartment close-outs complete . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. .
. . . . Sept. 1






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(KSC Shuttle Status Report 8/28/00)

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

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
LOCATION: VAB high bay 3
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Oct. 5, 2000 at 9:30 p.m.
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Oct. 16, 2000 at about 5 p.m.
MISSION DURATION: 11 days
CREW: Duffy, Melroy, Wakata, Chiao, Wisoff, Lopez-Alegria, McArthur
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 177 nautical miles/51.6 degrees

Shuttle Processing Note: After rolling into the VAB transfer aisle last
Thursday, orbiter Discovery was lifted into high bay 3 and soft-mated to
the
external tank and solid rocket boosters.  Electrical and mechanical
connections are ongoing, and the Shuttle Interface Test is scheduled to
begin tomorrow.

Today, Shuttle Program managers decided that Space Shuttle Discovery
will
not roll out to Launch Pad 39A until after the launch of Shuttle
Atlantis.
The precautionary decision to avoid having two Space Shuttles at KSC's
launch pads during hurricane season minimizes the threat that high winds

pose to flight hardware.  With a successful launch of Shuttle Atlantis
on
Sept. 8, Discovery is scheduled to roll out to Launch Pad 39A on Sept.
11.
Shuttle managers do not expect this processing change to affect
Discovery's
Oct. 5 launch date.

Milestones:
Shuttle roll to Launch Pad 39A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. .
. . . . . . .. .Sept. 11
Payload to the pad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. .
. . . . . . . . . . .Sept. 13
Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. .
. . .Sept. 14-15

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 10:48 p.m.
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Dec.10, 2000 at time TBD
MISSION DURATION: 10 days
CREW: Jett, Bloomfield, Tanner, Noriega, Garneau
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 177 nautical miles/51.6 degrees

Shuttle Processing Note: Functional tests of Endeavour's docking
mechanism
are complete.  Standard rigging work on the orbiter's right-hand
external
tank umbilical door are also complete.  Endeavour's thermal protective
"chin
panel" is being installed beneath the orbiter's nose.

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