WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19, 2000 (3:00 p.m. EDT)

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

  • VEHICLE: Atlantis/OV-104
  • LOCATION: Launch Pad 39A
  • TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: April 24, 2000 at about 4:15 p.m.
  • TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: May 4, 2000 at about 12:42 p.m.
  • LAUNCH WINDOW: 5 minutes
  • MISSION DURATION: 9 days, 20 hours and 27 minutes
  • CREW: Halsell, Horowitz, Weber, Williams, Voss, Helms, Usachev
  • ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 173 nautical miles/51.6 degrees

Shuttle Processing Note: Prelaunch processing efforts are going well at Launch Pad 39A. Ordnance installation and preliminary tests are complete. Last night, workers replaced two quick disconnects on gaseous nitrogen lines for auxiliary power units (APU) No. 1 and No. 2. The APU flight pressurization tests are complete and good. Pressure tests on the orbiter’s reaction control system are also complete.

Orbiter aft engine compartment close-outs are ongoing and managers expect the aft doors to be installed Friday. Launch controllers continue countdown preparations in the Launch Control Center.

Upcoming Milestones:
Flight crew arrival at KSC – April 21 at 3 p.m.
SPACEHAB late stow complete – April 21
Launch countdown begins – April 21 at 7 p.m.
Orbiter aft compartment close-outs complete – April 22