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Oct. 4, 1994
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19941004
 
 
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

Initial post-flight assessments of the solid rocket boosters at Hangar AF indicate no unexpected conditions and no anomalies. Booster disassembly inspections will continue today.

(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:
Mate with external tank and solid rocket boosters in Vehicle Assembly Building

WORK SCHEDULED:
Remove and replace scratched outside pane of no. 8 window
Shuttle interface test
Roll out to pad 39B (Oct. 10)

WORK COMPLETED:
Move orbiter to Vehicle Assembly Building (first motion occurred on Monday at 8:25 p.m.)
Rotate orbiter to vertical position and lift to VAB high bay 3

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:
Open payload bay doors
Structural checks and tests

WORK SCHEDULED:
Forward reaction control system functional checks

WORK COMPLETED:
Flight control frequency response test
Access orbiter's aft engine compartment
Remove ferry flight tailcone

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

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

NOTE: Columbia will be placed on the orbiter transporter tonight and be moved from OPF bay 1 to OPF bay 3 tomorrow to allow for open bay work in bay 1. On Friday Columbia will be transported to the Shuttle Landing Facility for a Saturday ferry flight departure to Palmdale, Calif., for the scheduled six-month orbiter maintenance down period (OMDP). 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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