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Oct. 21, 1994
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19941021
 
 
NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
 
 
MISSION: STS-66 -- ATLAS-3/CRISTA-SPAS

VEHICLE: Atlantis/OV-104
ORBITAL ALTITUDE: 189 sm
LOCATION: Pad 39B
INCLINATION: 57 degrees
LAUNCH DATE: Nov. 3
CREW SIZE: 6
LAUNCH TIME: 11:56 a.m. EST
LAUNCH WINDOW: 1 hour/2 minutes
KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Nov. 14/7:42 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 10 days/20 hours

IN WORK TODAY:
Pad closed to load hypergolic fuels

WORK COMPLETED:
Flight Readiness Review
Close payload bay doors
Preparations to load hypergolic fuels
Calibrate inertial measurement units
Cavity purges and leak checks
ATLAS payload battery charge
Payload interface verification tests
Water spray boiler inspections

WORK SCHEDULED NEXT WEEK:
Open rotating service structure
Hot fire three auxiliary power units
Helium signature test (rescheduled for Sunday)
Begin aft engine compartment close-outs (Monday)
Install and check-out contingency space suits (Tuesday)
Ordnance Installation (Wednesday)
Pressurize hypergolic reactant tanks (Wednesday)
Purge external tank (Thursday)
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 off-load hypergolic fuels

WORK COMPLETED:
Remove forward reaction control system
Hydraulic operations
Remove space shuttle main engines and heatshields

WORK SCHEDULED NEXT WEEK:
Install drag chute
Ammonia servicing
Functional checks of the orbital maneuvering system
Off-load residual hypergolic fuels

MISSION: STS-68 -- SPACE RADAR LABORATORY-2

VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 1
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, mated to the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, departed Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Wednesday to begin its ferry flight back to Kennedy Space Center. On Wednesday, Endeavour refueled at Biggs Army Air Field, El Paso, Tx., and continued on to Dyess Air Force Base, Abilene, Tx., where it remained over night. On Thursday, Endeavour and the 747 departed Dyess for Eglin Air Force Base in Florida's panhandle for refueling. Endeavour then completed the trip to Kennedy yesterday afternoon, touching down on the Shuttle Landing Facility at about 5 p.m. Endeavour was demated from the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft last night and towed to Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1 where it was spotted at about 7 a.m. today.

Next week work on Endeavour will include post-mission inspections, gaining access to the aft engine compartment and removing water spray boiler no. 3.

 

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