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Oct. 12, 1994
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19941012
 
 
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

Following Endeavour's landing yesterday at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., the orbiter was towed to the mate-demate device where vehicle securing and safing operations began and continue today. No significant damage occurred to the vehicle's fragile thermal protection system during entry or landing operations. Engineers today are mapping the areas on the orbiter for specific tile damage. Also, preparations are now in work to ready the vehicle for its ferry flight return to Kennedy Space Center. Managers have scheduled the flight back to KSC to begin on Tuesday, Oct. 18.

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

VEHICLE: Atlantis/OV-104
ORBITAL ALTITUDE: 189 sm
LOCATION: Pad 39B
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
Main engine leak checks
Preparations to load hypergolic fuels

WORK SCHEDULED:
Main engine flight readiness test
Crew emergency egress training
T-0 for Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (Friday)

WORK COMPLETED:
Install payload
Crew arrival for Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test
Rotate service structure around vehicle
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
Remove main engine heatshields
Forward reaction control system functional checks
Remove LITE and Spartan 201 payloads

WORK SCHEDULED:
TACAN activation and test
Auxiliary power unit leak and functional tests
Remove space shuttle main engines

WORK COMPLETED:
Preparations to remove LITE and Spartan 201 payloads
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: Palmdale, Calif.

NOTE: Columbia, riding atop the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, arrived at Palmdale, Calif., yesterday at about 3:15 p.m. EDT. It will be demated from the 747 today and turned over to Rockwell contractors tomorrow for the scheduled six-month orbiter maintenance down period. Columbia is currently scheduled to return to Kennedy Space Center in early April 1995. Once back at KSC processing will begin for mission STS-73 scheduled for launch in late summer 1995.
 

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