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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER           <<...>>
SHUTTLE PROCESSING STATUS_______________
KSC Contact: Joel Wells
Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2000


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.
LAUNCH-2 DAYS

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 about 4:45 a.m.
LAUNCH WINDOW:  2 ½ to 5 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: Preparation for launch of Space Shuttle
Atlantis on
Friday morning continues to go well. Engineers in the launch control
room
are not working any significant issues.  Last night, thunderstorms in
the
KSC vicinity did delay some routine work at the pad.  Loading of
Atlantis'
onboard cryogenic tanks began at noon today and will conclude later
tonight.
The minor slowdown will be absorbed into the launch countdown's built-in

hold time with no impact to launch.

At 5:56 p.m. yesterday, the lightning protection system or lightning
mast at
Launch Pad 39B sustained a lightning strike. Subsequent checks confirmed

that the lightning protection system performed as expected with no
damage to
the Shuttle or ground support equipment.

Preliminary weather forecasts indicate a 40 percent chance of
unfavorable
conditions on
Friday. Weather officials expect clouds to be scattered to broken at
3000
feet and scattered at 25,000 feet; visibility at 7 miles; wind from the
north-northeast at 8 peaking to 12 knots; temperature at 74 degrees F;
relative humidity at 82 percent; and a chance of coastal showers.  The
primary concerns are showers and a low cloud ceiling. The 24-hour delay
forecast indicates a 30 percent chance of unfavorable weather.

Processing Milestones:
Orbiter midbody umbilical unit secured . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. .
. . . .  Sept. 6 at about 7 p.m.
Final Shuttle main engine preparations begin . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. .
. .  Sept. 6
Flight crew equipment late stow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. .
. . . . . . . Sept. 7
Rotating Service Structure retracted . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. .
. . . . . .Sept. 7 at 12:30 p.m.
External tank loading begins. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. .
. . . . . . . . Sept. 7 at about 11:20 p.m.

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