KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE
SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT

SUNDAY, JANUARY 30, 2000 (4:30 PM 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: Shuttle managers confirmed today that the launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour remains on schedule for Jan. 31 at 12:47 p.m. After a final review of data gathered on a defective main engine fuel pump seal from orbiter Discovery, engineers determined that Endeavour’s main engine fuel pumps are safe for flight. The analysis indicates that the possibility of having a defective seal onboard Endeavour is very unlikely. The standard pre-tanking mission management team meeting occurs at 3:30 a.m. tomorrow and loading of the external tank with about 500,000 gallons of liquid propellant is slated to begin at about 4:30 a.m.

Shuttle weather forecasters now indicate a 40 percent chance of favorable weather on Monday. The forecast calls for scattered to broken clouds at 3,000 feet, and broken clouds at 10,000 and 25,000 feet; visibility at 7 miles; winds from the northwest at 12 peaking to 16 knots; temperature at 62 degrees F; relative humidity at 60 percent; dewpoint at 48 degrees F; and the possibility of rain showers in the area. The primary concerns are low cloud ceilings, the possibility of thick clouds and the chance of showers.

Processing Milestones:
Rotating Service Structure retracted (Jan. 30 at about 6:30 p.m.)
External tank loading (Jan. 31, 4:30 – 7:30 a.m.)


SUMMARY OF BUILT-IN HOLDS FOR STS-99
T-TIME LENGTH OF HOLD HOLD BEGINS HOLD ENDS
T-27 hours 4 hours 9:30 a.m. Sat. 1:30 p.m. Sat.
T-19 hours 4 hours 9:30 p.m. Sat. 1:30 a.m. Sun.
T-11 hours 12 hours, 57 minutes 9:30 a.m. Sun. 10:27 p.m. Sun.
T-6 hours 1 hour 3:27 a.m. Mon. 4:27 a.m. Mon.
T-3 hours 2 hours 7:27 a.m. Mon. 9:27 a.m. Mon.
T-20 minutes 10 minutes 12:07 p.m. Mon. 12:17 p.m. Mon.
T-9 minutes 10 minutes 12:28 p.m. Mon. 12:38 p.m. Mon.

CREW FOR MISSION STS-99
POSITION NAME
Commander (CDR) Kevin Kregel
Pilot (PLT) Dom Gorie
Mission Specialist (MS1) Gerhard Thiele
Mission Specialist (MS2) Janet Kavandi
Mission Specialist (MS3) Janice Voss
Mission Specialist (MS4) Mamoru Mohri

SUMMARY OF STS-99 LAUNCH DAY CREW ACTIVITIES
Monday, Jan. 31
12:30 a.m. Wake up Blue Team (PLT, MS3 and MS4)
1:00 a.m. Blue Team breakfast
7:30 a.m. Wake up Red Team (CDR, MS1 and MS2)
8:22 a.m.* Blue Team lunch/Red Team breakfast and photo
8:52 a.m. Weather briefing (CDR, PLT, MS2)
8:52 a.m.* Don launch and entry suits (MS1, MS3 & MS4)
9:02 a.m.* Don launch and entry suits (CDR, PLT, MS2)
9:32 a.m.* Depart for Launch Pad 39A
10:02 a.m.* Arrive at white room and begin ingress
11:17 a.m.* Close crew hatch
12:47 p.m.* Launch





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