RE: sts99 launch -- forward of news release from NASA pao

From: Joseph H. Fagan (
Date: Sat Jan 15 2000 - 09:37:55 PST

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    The following is the most recent news release relating to the next few Space
    Shuttle missions.  Those interested can subscribe to these regular e-mail
    status reports by following the directions at the bottom of this post.  The
    STS-99 mission will launch northeastward at a 57 degree inclination -- the
    highest inclination safely possible from the Kennedy Space Center (and hence
    by the Space Shuttle since KSC is its only launch site).  All Shuttle-Mir
    missions were launched at a 51.6 degree orbital inclination to the northeast
    as will all Shuttle-ISS missions in the foreseeable future.  (Archives of
    information about past Space Shuttle missions may be found at:  
    Higher inclination orbits by other spacecraft launched from the United
    States are usually achieved by either launching southward from Vandenburg
    Air Force Base or by making fuel intensive orbital plane changing maneuvers
    if launched from other sites.
    Joey Fagan
    ***Below is a copy of the status report from NASA:
    From: "Buckingham-1, Bruce" <>
    To: "'1'" <>
    Subject: 1-14-00 status
    Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2000 14:19:28 -0500
    Friday, Jan. 14, 2000  (2 p.m. EST)
    MISSION: STS-99 -  Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM)
    VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105
    LOCATION: Pad 39A
    TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Jan. 31, 2000 at 12:47 p.m. EST
    TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Feb. 11, 2000 at 4:55 p.m. EST
    LAUNCH WINDOW:  2 hours and 2 minutes
    MISSION DURATION: 11 days and 4 hours 
    CREW: Kregel, Gorie, Kavandi, Voss, Mohri, Thiele 
    ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 126 nautical miles/57 degrees     <----***
    Work in progress: Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test activities concluded
    today at about 11 a.m.  A planned Y2K end-to-end test was conducted in
    parallel with TCDT activities and concludes later today.  The test will
    confirm that all ground, flight and vehicle systems performed as expected.
    The six-member flight crew departs KSC at about 2:35 p.m. today headed for
    Ellington Field in Houston, TX.
    At the launch pad, workers are preparing for Saturday's prelaunch fuel
    loading operations.  Endeavour's aft compartment close-outs began yesterday
    and will proceed into next week.  Endeavour's payload bay doors will be
    opened Monday to accommodate cable rerouting for an onboard orbiter camera.
    Also, spacesuit checks are scheduled early next week. 
    Processing Milestones (target dates only):
    Prelaunch propellant loading concludes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(Jan.15)
    Flight Readiness Review. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(Jan. 18)
    Ordnance installation begins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(Jan. 24)
    Flight crew equipment stowage begins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (Jan. 25)
    Launch Coundown begins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (Jan.
    28 at 5:30 p.m.)
    MISSION: STS-101 -  3rd ISS Flight (2A.2) - SPACEHAB DM
    VEHICLE: Atlantis/OV-104
    LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 3
    TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: no earlier than April 13, 2000 
    LAUNCH WINDOW:  5-10 minutes
    MISSION DURATION: 10 days and 19 hours 
    CREW: Halsell, Horowitz, Weber, Lu, Williams, Malenchenko and Morukov
    ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 173 nautical miles/51.6 degrees
    Work in progress: Yesterday, Shuttle managers announced that the launch of
    Shuttle Atlantis will occur no earlier than April 13.  The additional time
    allows ground crews at KSC to complete routine processing milestones, and
    accommodates extensive wiring inspections and repair.  Main landing gear
    wheel and tire assembly installation concludes today. 
    MISSION: STS-92 -  4th ISS Flight (3A) - Z-1 Truss, PMA-3
    VEHICLE: Discovery /OV-103
    LOCATION: OPF bay 1
    TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: No earlier than June 14, 2000 at 8:42 p.m. EDT
    TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: June 24, 2000 at 5:10 p.m. EDT
    LAUNCH WINDOW:  10 minutes
    MISSION DURATION: 10 days 
    CREW: Duffy, Melroy, Wakata, Chiao, Wisoff, Lopez-Alegria and McArthur
    ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 173 nautical miles/51.6 degrees
    Work in progress: Hypergolic deservicing of the orbiter maneuvering system
    is ongoing.  Inspection of Discovery's nose landing gear is complete and
    main landing gear work begins next week. 
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