MONDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2000 (2:30 PM EST)

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

  • VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105
  • LOCATION: Pad 39A
  • TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Feb. 11, 2000 at 12:30 p.m. EST
  • TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Feb. 22, 2000 at 4:38 p.m. EST
  • LAUNCH WINDOW: 2 hours and 10 minutes
  • 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

Work in progress: At Launch Pad 39A, preparations continue on schedule for Space Shuttle Endeavourís launch on Friday at 12:30 p.m. Today, workers will complete aft compartment close-outs and tomorrow the launch countdown begins at 5:30 p.m.

Last week, technicians completed work to replace and retest Endeavourís enhanced master events controller No. 2. On Friday, Shuttle ordnance was reinstalled, and over the weekend workers replaced a cable located in the Shuttleís umbilical harness. No significant issues are being worked by the KSC launch team, and launch day weather is expected to be generally favorable.

The STS-99 flight crew returned to KSC today at about noon. Over the next few days, crew members will undergo routine health checks, take flights in the Shuttle Training Aircraft and perform final crew equipment checks.

Processing Milestones (target dates only):

  • Shuttle pyrotechnic initiator controller test (Feb. 9)
  • Load orbiter with cryogenic reactants (Feb. 9)
  • Rotating Service Structure retracted (Feb. 10 at about 6 p.m.)
  • External tank loading (Feb. 11, 4:10 a.m. – 7:10 a.m.)