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Oct. 27, 1994
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19941027
 
 
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

NOTE: Managers have decided to perform a special torque test on Atlantis' three water spray boilers. Six water valves (2 on each boiler) and the associated piping will be checked for potential weaknesses or corrosion. The test was deemed necessary following discovery of a failed valve on one of Endeavour's boilers. Aft close-out work will be extended through the weekend. No impact to launch is expected.

IN WORK TODAY:
Purge external tank
Aft engine compartment close-outs
Water spray boiler inspections

WORK SCHEDULED:
Complete aft close-outs
Final payload servicing for flight
Close payload bay doors for flight

WORK COMPLETED:
Pressurize hypergolic reactant tanks
Install and check-out contingency space suits
Airlock close-outs
Ordnance Installation
Load hypergolic fuels

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
Auxiliary power unit leak and functional checks
Functional checks of the orbital maneuvering system
Stack solid rocket boosters in Vehicle Assembly Building

WORK SCHEDULED:
Install drag chute
Off-load residual hypergolic reactants

WORK COMPLETED:
Power reactant and storage distribution system tests
Ammonia servicing

MISSION: STS-67 -- ASTRO-2

VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105
ORBITAL ALTITUDE: 218 sm
LOCATION: OPF bay 1
INCLINATION: 28.45 degrees
TARGET LAUNCH PERIOD: late February
CREW SIZE: 7
APPROX. LAUNCH TIME: very early morning KSC
LANDING DATE/TIME: TBD
LAUNCH WINDOW: 2 hours/3 minutes
MISSION DURATION: 13 D/14H

IN WORK TODAY:
Post-mission inspections
Deservice water spray boilers
Main engine and aerosurface repositioning

WORK SCHEDULED:
Remove main engine heatshields
Remove STS-68 payloads
Off-load residual hypergolic reactants

WORK COMPLETED:
Remove water spray boiler no. 3.
Open payload bay doors
Remove tailcone

 

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