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Oct. 18, 1994
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19941018
 
 
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 had been scheduled for this morning but were again postponed due to weather concerns in Texas. Endeavour will remain at Edwards today and make attempts to depart at first light tomorrow pending additional weather assessments. The itinerary back to Kennedy Space Center will be determined at a weather briefing to be held tonight at Edwards.

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
Preparations to load hypergolic fuels
Calibrate inertial measurement units
ATLAS payload battery charge

WORK SCHEDULED:
Load hypergolic fuels
Open rotating service structure
Hot fire three auxiliary power units
Flight Readiness Review (Wednesday)

WORK COMPLETED:
Cavity purges and leak checks
Payload interface verification tests
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:
Install drag chute
Preparations to remove forward reaction control system
Preparations to off-load hypergolic fuels

WORK SCHEDULED:
Remove forward reaction control system
Off-load residual hypergolic fuels

WORK COMPLETED:
Hydraulic operations
Remove space shuttle main engines and heatshields
Remove LITE and Spartan 201 payloads

 

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