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Oct. 6, 1994
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19941006
 
 
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. 11 at 11:38 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 11 days/4 hours/22 minutes

Mission managers announced today that the orbiter Endeavour has been granted an additional day in space to conduct further Space Radar Laboratory activities. Landing is now set for Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 11:38 a.m. EDT. A second landing opportunity exists at 1:08 p.m.

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:
Heatshield installation
Main engine securing
Remove and replace scratched outer pane of no. 8 window
Shuttle interface test

WORK SCHEDULED:
Roll out to pad 39B (early morning of Oct. 10)
Pad validations

WORK COMPLETED:
Mate with external tank and solid rocket boosters in Vehicle Assembly Building
Move orbiter to Vehicle Assembly Building
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:
Structural checks and tests
Main engine inspections
Tire and wheel assembly removal

WORK SCHEDULED:
Close payload bay doors
Forward reaction control system functional checks
TACAN activation and test

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 has been placed on the orbiter transporter and will be rolled over to the Shuttle Landing Facility early Friday morning. The orbiter will be mated to the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft for a scheduled Saturday ferry flight departure to Palmdale, Calif. At Palmdale, Columbia will undergo a 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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