MISSION: STS-105 - 11th ISS Flight (7A.1) - Leonardo MPLM
LOCATION: Launch Pad 39A
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Aug. 9, 2001 at 5:38 p.m. EDT
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Aug. 21, 2001 at about 1:17 p.m.
MISSION DURATION: 11 days, 19 hours and 39 minutes
CREW: Horowitz, Sturckow, Barry, Forrester; (ISS up) Culbertson, Dezhurov, Turin; (ISS down) Usachev, Voss, Helms,
ORBITAL INSERTION ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 122 nautical miles/51.6 degrees
Launch - 1 day: Launch countdown activities continue on schedule with no problems begin reported. Operations to load the Power Reactant and Storage Distribution system tanks with cryogenic reactants occurred on schedule overnight and the orbiter mid-body umbilical unit has been demated and retracted into the launch stricture.
At 9:30 p.m. tonight, the rotating service structure will be moved to the launch position in preparation for tanking operations tomorrow. On Thursday beginning at about 8:45 a.m., the external tank will be loaded with its complement of 500,000 gallons of liquid cryogenic propellants. Tanking efforts will last for about three hours.
The crew will be awakened for launch at 7:30 a.m. and be seated for breakfast at 8 a.m. At 12 noon they will have lunch and at 1 p.m. they will be given a final update on the launch time weather forecast. Following the weather briefing they will don their launch suits and depart for the pad at 1:47 p.m. The hatch will be closed for flight at about 3:30 p.m.
Weather forecasters are currently indicating a 40 percent chance that weather could prevent launch on Thursday. The primary concerns are for showers and thunderstorms in the vicinity of the launch pad. At launch time on Thursday, clouds will be scattered at 4000 feet, 10,000 feet and 25,000 feet. Winds will be from the southeast at 8 - 12 knots. Temperature will be 82 degrees, F. and humidity 74 percent. Forecasters call for a 70 percent chance of violation for a 24-hour and 48-hour delay.
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