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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER           <<...>>
SHUTTLE PROCESSING STATUS_______________
KSC Contact: Joel Wells
Thursday, Aug. 31, 2000

(1:46 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
KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Sept. 8, 2000 at 8:45 am EDT (preferred launch
time)
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Sept. 19, 2000 at 3:54 am
LAUNCH WINDOW:  2 ½ minutes
MISSION DURATION: 10 days, 19 hours and 9 minutes
CREW: Wilcutt, Altman, Lu, Malenchenko, Morukov, Mastracchio, Burbank
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 177 nautical miles/51.6 degrees

Shuttle Processing Note: Following Tuesday's Flight Readiness Review,
Shuttle managers confirmed Sept. 8 as the launch date for Space Shuttle
Atlantis on mission STS-106.  This week, workers completed solid rocket
booster close-outs and ordnance installation at the launch pad.
Engineers
loaded the Shuttle's mass memory units for flight yesterday and launch
countdown preparations are ongoing.  The extra vehicular activity space
suits have undergone final checks and were installed in the orbiter
yesterday.

Atlantis's payload bay doors were closed for flight last night and
prelaunch
processing of Space Shuttle Atlantis continues on schedule at Launch Pad

39B.  Orbiter aft compartment close-outs continue on schedule.  The aft
doors are slated for installation late Friday and a final confidence
check
of the aft compartment is planned for Saturday.  No work is currently
scheduled at the pad for Sunday or Monday.

Milestones:
Orbiter aft compartment close-outs complete . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. .
. .  Sept. 1
Flight crew arrives at KSC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. .
. . . . . . . . Sept. 4 at about 9 p.m.
Launch Countdown begins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. .
. . . . . .  Sept. 5 at 11 a.m.
SPACEHAB late stow opportunity begins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. .
. . Sept. 6
Shuttle's external tank propellant loading begins . . . . . .. . . . . .
. .
.  .Sept. 7 at about 11:55 p.m.


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: Orbiter Discovery's mate to the external tank
is
complete and the Shuttle Interface Test begins today.  Technicians will
begin transducer inspections on the orbiter maneuvering system engines
next
week.  The inspections will confirm proper transducer torque.

Z-1 truss processing efforts are proceeding well.  The four thermal
heater
assemblies have been installed on the Z-1 truss and successfully
retested.
The truss is slated for payload canister installation on Sept. 11.  On
Sept.
13, the Z-1 truss is scheduled to move out to Launch Pad 39A for
installation into the orbiter.

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:  Endeavour's robot arm has arrived in the
Orbiter
Processing Facility and will be installed in the payload bay today.
Endeavour's thermal protective "chin panel" is being installed beneath
the
orbiter's nose. Ku-Band antenna testing is scheduled this week.

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