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Oct. 11, 1994
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19941011
 
 
NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
 
 
MISSION: STS-68 -- SPACE RADAR LABORATORY-2

FLIGHT DAY 12/Landing Day
VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105
ORBITAL ALTITUDE: 138 sm
LOCATION: Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
INCLINATION: 57 degrees
LAUNCH DATE and TIME: Sept. 30, 1994 at 7:16 a.m. EDT
KSC LANDING DATE and TIME: Oct. 11 at 1:02 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 11 days/5 hours/47 minutes/8 seconds

Endeavour's two landing opportunities at Kennedy Space Center today were waved off due to clouds and the potential for rain in the area of the landing facility. Endeavour was then directed to land at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Landing at Edwards occurred at 1:02 p.m. EDT today on concrete runway 22.

Main gear touchdown: -----1:02.09 p.m. EDT (MET: 11 days, 5 hrs., 46 mins., 9 sec.)
Nose gear touchdown: ---- 1:02.21 p.m. EDT (MET: 11 days, 5 hrs., 46 mins., 21 sec.)
Wheels stop: ------------ 1:03.08 p.m. EDT (MET: 11 days, 5 hrs., 47 mins., 8 sec.)

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/2 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Nov. 14/7:42 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 10 days/20 hours

IN WORK TODAY:
Pad validations
Crew arrival for Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (4:45 p.m. today)
Install payload
Main engine leak checks

WORK SCHEDULED:
Crew emergency egress training
T-0 for Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (Friday)

WORK COMPLETED:
Rotate service structure around vehicle
Roll out to pad 39B
Open payload bay doors
Main engine securing

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:
Main engine removal preparations
Forward reaction control system functional checks
Preparations to remove LITE and Spartan 201 payloads

WORK SCHEDULED:
TACAN activation and test
Remove LITE and Spartan 201 payloads
Remove space shuttle main engines

WORK COMPLETED:
Structural checks and tests
Tire and wheel assembly removal
Open payload bay doors
Flight control frequency response test
Deploy Ku-band antenna

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

VEHICLE: Columbia/OV-102
LOCATION: En route to Palmdale, Calif.

NOTE: Columbia, riding atop the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft remained on the ground at Ellington Field in Houston, Tx., last night after arriving from Huntsville, Ala., where it remained Saturday and Sunday nights. The orbiter/SCA departed Houston today at about 8:30 a.m. EDT en route to Biggs Army Airfield, El Paso, Tx., for refueling. The vehicle is scheduled to continue its journey to Palmdale with a 3 p.m. EDT estimated time of arrival in California. If fuel permits, the 747 SCA with Columbia on top, may make a flyby of Edwards Air Force Base with Endeavour still parked on the runway. 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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