FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2000 (4:30 P.M. EST)

MISSION: STS-99 — Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM)

  • VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105
  • LOCATION: On orbit
  • OFFICIAL KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Feb. 11, 2000 at 12:43 p.m. EST
  • KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Feb. 22, 2000 at about 4:52 p.m. EST
  • MISSION DURATION: 11 days, 4 hours and 8 minutes
  • CREW: Kregel, Gorie, Kavandi, Voss, Mohri, Thiele
  • ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 126 nautical miles/57 degrees

Shuttle Processing Note: Shuttle Endeavour continues to perform very well on orbit. The orbiter and six-member flight crew remain scheduled for landing at KSC on Tuesday, Feb. 22 at about 4:52 p.m.

MISSION: STS-101 — 3rd ISS Flight (2A.2a) – SPACEHAB DM

  • VEHICLE: Atlantis/OV-104
  • LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 3
  • OFFICIAL KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: no earlier than April 13, 2000 at 8:41 p.m. EST
  • KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: April 23, 2000
  • LAUNCH WINDOW: up to 10 minutes
  • MISSION DURATION: 9 days, 20 hours
  • CREW: Halsell, Horowitz, Weber, Williams, Voss, Helms, Usachev
  • ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 190 nautical miles/51.6 degrees

Shuttle Processing Note: Atlantis’ main propulsion system leak checks are complete. Today work began to install the transfer tunnel adapter in the orbiter’s payload bay. Orbiter electrical wiring inspection, repair and protection continue.

Mission Note: Managers named a modified STS-101 crew today to prepare the space station for the arrival of the Zvezda service module. The STS-101 crew includes Commander Jim Halsell, Pilot Scott Horowitz, and Mission Specialists Mary Ellen Weber, Jeffrey Williams, James Voss, Susan Helms and Yuri Usachev.

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

Today, managers from NASA’s Space Shuttle and International Space Station (ISS) programs confirmed plans to fly an additional Space Shuttle mission to the ISS this year. The plan distributes the original STS-101 mission objectives between two flights: STS-101 and STS-106. With both missions slated for flight aboard Shuttle Atlantis, mission STS-101 remains targeted for launch no earlier than April 13 and the STS-106 launch will occur no earlier than Aug. 19.

Astronauts on the new STS-106 mission will complete service module support tasks on orbit, transfer supplies and outfit ISS for the first long-duration crew. The STS-106 crew includes Commander Terrence Wilcutt, Pilot Scott Altman, and Mission Specialists Dan Burbank, Ed Lu, Richard Mastracchio, Yuri Malenchenko, and Boris Morukov.