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Oct. 17, 1994
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19941017
 
 
NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
 
 
MISSION: STS-68 -- SPACE RADAR LABORATORY-2

VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105
LOCATION: Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
KSC LAUNCH DATE and TIME: Sept. 30, 1994 at 7:16 a.m. EDT
EDWARDS LANDING DATE and TIME: Oct. 11 at 1:02 p.m. EDT
MISSION ELAPSED TIME (MET): 11 days/5 hours/47 minutes/8 seconds

The orbiter Endeavour has been mated to the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft and turn-around operations at Edwards Air Force Base are complete. Departure from Edwards is scheduled for Tuesday morning first light. A weather briefing will be held today at Edwards to determine the itinerary back to Kennedy Space Center.

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
LAUNCH TIME: 11:56 a.m. EST
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:
Helium signature test (tonight)
Cavity purges and leak checks
Payload interface verification tests
Preparations to load hypergolic fuels

WORK SCHEDULED:
Load hypergolic fuels
Hot fire three auxiliary power units
Flight Readiness Review (Wednesday)
WORK COMPLETED:
Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test
Crew emergency egress training
Main engine leak checks
Launch Readiness Review
Hydraulic operations
Pad validations
Main engine flight readiness test
Install payload

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:
Preparations to remove forward reaction control system
Preparations to off-load hypergolic fuels

WORK SCHEDULED:
Remove forward reaction control system
Install drag chute

WORK COMPLETED:
Remove space shuttle main engines
Remove main engine heatshields
Remove LITE and Spartan 201 payloads
TACAN activation and test
Structural checks and tests
Tire and wheel assembly removal

 

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