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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER
SHUTTLE PROCESSING STATUS
KSC Contact: Joel Wells                                         Tuesday,

Sept. 19, 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.

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

VEHICLE: Atlantis/OV-104
LOCATION: On orbit
OFFICIAL LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Sept. 8, 2000 at 8:45 a.m. EDT
KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Sept. 20, 2000 at about 3:56 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 11 days, 19 hours and 10 minutes
CREW: Wilcutt, Altman, Lu, Malenchenko, Morukov, Mastracchio, Burbank
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 177 nautical miles/51.6 degrees

NOTE: As the flight crew prepares Shuttle Discovery for tomorrow's
deorbit
operations, KSC ground control is preparing to support landing
operations on
the first KSC landing opportunity at about 3:56 a.m. EDT on Sept. 20. A
second opportunity is available Wednesday at about 5:33 a.m. EDT if
needed.


Weather conditions at KSC are expected to be generally favorable for
tomorrow's landing opportunities. The forecast calls for few clouds at
2,000
feet, scattered at 8,000 feet and broken at 25,000 feet; visibility at 7

Miles; wind out of the southeast at 4 knots and gusting to 6 knots;
temperature at 75 degrees F; dew point at 72 degrees F; relative
humidity at
94 percent and a chance of rain showers within 30 nautical Miles, mainly

over the water.  Mission managers do not plan to call up Edwards Air
Force
Base, CA to support Wednesday's landing attempts.

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

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
LOCATION:  Launch Pad 39A
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Oct. 5, 2000 at 9:38 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

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(KSC Shuttle Status Report 9/19/00)

Shuttle Processing Note: At Launch Pad 39A today, workers are replacing
a
transducer on Discovery's right hand orbital maneuvering system (OMS)
engine. Leak checks on the fuel line quick disconnect for auxiliary
power
unit No. 2 are ongoing.  The payload bay doors are open and routine
payload
testing is in work.  Discovery's Helium Signature Test begins Thursday
and
loading of the orbiter's onboard propellant storage tanks is scheduled
for
the weekend.

Milestones:
Helium Signature Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. .
. . . . . . . . . . Sept. 21
Prelaunch propellant loading of Discovery's onboard tanks  . . . . . . .
.
Sept. 23
Space Shuttle main engine flight readiness test begins. . . . . . . . .
. .
. Sept. 25
Orbiter aft compartment close-outs begin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. .
. . . . . Sept. 26
Payload bay doors closed for flight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. .
. . . . . . . .Sept. 26

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: With main engines No. 1 and No. 3 already
installed, workers are preparing to install engine No. 2 today.
Endeavour's
payload bay doors were opened yesterday and are undergoing routine
tests.

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