Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
Nov. 1, 1994
NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
STS-66 -- ATLAS-3/CRISTA-SPAS
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/19 hours/46 minutes
NOTE: A Delta vehicle with NASA's Wind payload was launched on time at 4:31 a.m. today from Cape Canaveral Air Station's complex 17B.
The countdown for mission STS-66 and the launch of Atlantis on Thursday continues as planned today. The countdown began yesterday at 4 p.m. at the T-43 hour mark. No technical issues are being worked on the vehicle at this time.
The pad will be cleared later today for loading the onboard cryogenic tanks with the liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen reactants. Reactant loading is expected to begin at about 2 p.m. and continue for about 8 hours. The reactants will provide electricity for the orbiter and crew while in space and drinking water as a by-product during their 11-day mission.
After the cryogenics are loaded, the orbiter's mid-body umbilical unit will be demated and retracted into the fixed service structure. Final vehicle and facility close-outs will also be underway.
Tomorrow, preparations will be made to retract the rotating service structure to launch position at about 1 p.m. Loading of the external tank with cryogenic propellants is scheduled to begin at about 3:36 a.m. Thursday.
Air Force weather forecasters are currently indicating a 30 percent probability of weather prohibiting launch on Thursday.
The primary concerns are for a slight chance of showers and a cloud ceiling below 8,000 feet. During Thursday's launch window, the winds at Pad B are expected to be from the northeast at 8-13 knots; temperature 77 degrees F; visibility 7 miles; and clouds scattered at 3,000-6,000 feet and 25,000-28,000 feet. The 24- hour-delay forecast reveals similar conditions with forecasters listing a 40 percent chance of violation.
The six-member astronaut crew arrived at KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility at about 11:30 a.m. Monday. Today they will be involved with checking out their mission plans and fit checks of their equipment.
SUMMARY OF BUILT-IN HOLDS FOR STS-66
T-TIME ------- LENGTH OF HOLD -------- HOLD BEGINS ----------HOLD ENDS
T-27 hours ---- 4 hours ------------- 8:00 a.m. Tues.----- 12:00 p.m. Tues.
T-19 hours ---- 4 hours ------------- 8:00 p.m. Tues.----- 12:00 a.m. Wed.
T-11 hours --- 13 hrs.,36 mins. ----- 8:00 a.m. Wed.------- 9:36 p.m. Wed.
T-6 hours ---- 1 hour -------------- 2:36 a.m. Thurs.----- 3:36 a.m. Thurs.
T-3 hours ---- 2 hours ------------- 6:36 a.m. Thurs.----- 8:36 a.m. Thurs.
T-20 minutes -- 10 minutes ---------- 11:16 a.m. Thurs.---- 11:26 a.m. Thurs.
T-9 minutes - 10 minutes ---------- 11:37 a.m. Thurs.---- 11:47 a.m. Thurs.
CREW FOR MISSION STS-66
Commander (CDR): Don McMonagle (red team)
Pilot (PLT): Curtis Brown (blue team)
Mission Specialist (MS1): Ellen Ochoa (red team)
Mission Specialist (MS2): Joseph Tanner (red team)
Mission Specialist (MS3): Jean-Francois Clervoy (blue team)
Mission Specialist (MS4): Scott Parazynski (blue team)
SUMMARY OF STS-66 LAUNCH DAY CREW ACTIVITIES
Thursday, Nov. 3, 1994
7:01 a.m. Wake up
7:31 a.m. Lunch/Breakfast
7:31 a.m. Crew Photo
8:01 a.m. Weather briefing (CDR, PLT, MS2)
8:01 a.m. Don flight equipment (MS1, MS3, MS4)
8:11 a.m. Don flight equipment (CDR, PLT, MS2)
8:41 a.m. Depart for launch pad 39B
9:11 a.m. Arrive at white room and begin ingress
10:26 a.m. Close crew hatch
11:56 a.m. Launch
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