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Oct. 7, 1994
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19941007
 
 
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 11:36 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 11 days/4 hours/20 minutes

Endeavour's landing is set for Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 11:36 a.m. EDT. A second landing opportunity exists at 1:06 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
Shuttle interface test
Rollout preparations

WORK SCHEDULED:
Roll out to pad 39B (early morning of Oct. 10)
Pad validations
Open payload bay doors and install payload
Crew arrival (Tuesday) for Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test
T-0 for Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (Friday)

WORK COMPLETED:
Remove and replace outer pane of no. 8 window
Mate with external tank and solid rocket boosters in Vehicle Assembly Building

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 and removal preparations
Tire and wheel assembly removal

WORK SCHEDULED:
Forward reaction control system functional checks
TACAN activation and test
Remove LITE and Spartan 201 payloads
Remove space shuttle main engines

WORK COMPLETED:
Close payload bay doors
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 was transported to the Shuttle Landing Facility early this morning. It departed the Orbiter Processing Facility at about 4 a.m. and was spotted in the Mate Demate device at about 6 a.m. Later this morning, the orbiter will be mated to the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft for a scheduled sunrise Saturday morning ferry flight departure to Palmdale, Calif. While at Palmdale, Columbia will undergo a scheduled six-month orbiter maintenance down period. 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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