Spaceflight Now: STS-97 Mission Report

STS-97 Ascent Timeline
COMPILED BY WILLIAM HARWOOD
Updated: November 29, 2000


Change History:

10/28: Posting initial ascent timeline
11/01: Updating launch time
11/22: Adding actual STS-97 ascent data
11/29: Updating STS-97 ascent data

Background:

The space shuttle can reach a runway or a lower-than-planned orbit in the event of a single main engine failure at any point after liftoff. For Endeavour's flight, an engine failure in the first two minutes and 37 seconds of flight would result in a return-to-launch-site - RTLS - abort. Between approximately 2:38 and 4:58, an engine failure would result in a trans-Atlantic landing - TAL - in either Spain or Africa. After four minutes and 58 seconds, Endeavour would be able to abort into a safe but lower-than-planned orbit, or ATO. The only in-flight abort in shuttle history was an ATO on July 29, 1985, when Challenger's center engine shut down five minutes and 45 seconds into the 19th shuttle mission (STS-51F).

NOTE: Inertial velocity includes contribution from Earth's rotation.
 
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At a Glance
Mission 1: ISS-2R
Vehicle: Soyuz
Crew: Shepherd, Gidzenko and Krikalev
Launch date: Oct. 31, 2000
Launch time: 0753 GMT (2:53 a.m. EST)
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
Return vehicle: Shuttle Discovery (STS-102)
Landing date: March 11, 2001
Landing site: Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

Mission 2: ISS-4A (STS-97)
Vehicle: Shuttle Endeavour
Crew: Jett, Bloomfield, Tanner, Garneau, Noriega
Launch date: Nov. 30, 2000
Launch time: 10:06 p.m. EST (0306 GMT on 1st)
Launch site: LC-39B, KSC
Landing date: Dec. 11, 2000
Landing time: 6:04 p.m. EST (2304 GMT)
Landing site: SLF, KSC

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