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Oct. 3, 1994
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19941003
 
 
NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
 
 
MISSION: STS-68 -- SPACE RADAR LABORATORY-2

FLIGHT DAY 4
VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105
ORBITAL ALTITUDE: 138 sm
LOCATION: On orbit
INCLINATION: 57 degrees
LAUNCH DATE and TIME: Sept. 30, 1994 at 7:16 a.m. EDT
KSC LANDING DATE and TIME: Oct. 10 at 11:58 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 10 days/4 hours/42 minutes

Post launch inspections of Pad 39A reveal no unusual damage to the pad surface or the mobile launcher platform. The solid rocket booster retrieval ships returned to Hangar AF mid-day Saturday. Booster disassembly and post-flight inspections are currently underway.

(Mission STS-68 status reports are issued daily by the Johnson Space Center, Houston, Tx.)
CREW: Commander Michael Baker; Pilot Terry Wilcutt; and Mission Specialists Steve Smith, Dan Bursch, Peter Wisoff and Thomas Jones.

MISSION: STS-66 -- ATLAS-3/CRISTA-SPAS

VEHICLE: Atlantis/OV-104
ORBITAL ALTITUDE: 189 sm
LOCATION: OPF bay 3
INCLINATION: 57 degrees
TARGET LAUNCH DATE: Nov. 3
CREW SIZE: 6
APPROX. LAUNCH TIME: 11:56 a.m.
LAUNCH WINDOW: 1 hour/6 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Nov. 14/7:42 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 10 days/20 hours

IN WORK TODAY:
Retract landing gear
Preparations to roll over to Vehicle Assembly Building

WORK SCHEDULED:
Move to Vehicle Assembly Building (first motion set for midnight tonight)
Mate with external tank and solid rocket boosters
Remove and replace scratched outside pane of no. 8 window

WORK COMPLETED:
Load orbiter onto orbiter transporter
Weight and center of gravity checks
Close payload bay doors
Landing gear functional checks
Aft engine compartment and forward module close-outs

MISSION: VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
ORBITAL ALTITUDE: 196 sm
LOCATION: OPF bay 2
INCLINATION: 51.60 degrees
TARGET LAUNCH PERIOD: early February
CREW SIZE: 6
APPROX. LAUNCH TIME: very early morning
KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: TBD
LAUNCH WINDOW: 5 minutes
MISSION DURATION: 8 days/4 hours

IN WORK TODAY:
Flight control frequency response test
Preparations to open payload bay doors
Structural checks and tests

WORK SCHEDULED:
Open payload bay doors

WORK COMPLETED:
Preparations for frequency response test
Access orbiter's aft engine compartment
Remove ferry flight tailcone
Orbiter power-up

MISSION: STS-73 -- UNITED STATES MICROGRAVITY LABORATORY-2

VEHICLE: Columbia/OV-102
LOCATION: OPF bay 1

NOTE: Columbia remains in OPF bay 1 following a decision to remove and replace the outer pane of window no. 8 and install it on Atlantis. Columbia was lifted off the orbiter transporter this weekend to support Atlantis' roll to the Vehicle Assembly Building tonight. Latest estimates indicate Columbia will be ready for its ferry flight to Palmdale, Calif., for the scheduled six-month orbiter maintenance down period (OMDP) by the end of this week. When Columbia returns to KSC early next year, processing will begin for mission STS-73 scheduled for launch in late summer 1995.
 

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