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Nov. 16, 1994
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19941116
 
 
NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
 
 
MISSION: STS-66 -- ATLAS-3/CRISTA-SPAS

VEHICLE: Atlantis/OV-104
LOCATION: Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
LAUNCH DATE and TIME: Nov. 3 at 11:59 a.m. EST
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE LANDING DATE and TIME: Nov. 14 at 10:34 a.m. EST
MISSION DURATION: 10 days/22 hours/34 minutes

The orbiter Atlantis is scheduled to depart Edwards Air Force Base on Sunday with arrival at KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility set for as early as Monday, Nov. 21. Specific times of departure and arrival will be available tomorrow.

Preliminary reports indicated a total of 89 hits occurred on the lower surface of the orbiter's thermal protection system of which 22 had a major dimension of one inch or greater.

MISSION:STS-63 -- MIR RENDEZVOUS, SPARTAN and SPACEHAB-3

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
ORBITAL ALTITUDE: 196 sm
LOCATION: OPF bay 2
INCLINATION: 51.60 degrees
TARGET LAUNCH DATE: Feb. 2
MISSION DURATION: 8 days/4 hours
LAUNCH TIME: 12:40 a.m. EST
LAUNCH WINDOW: 5 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Feb. 10/4:55 a.m.

IN WORK TODAY:
Install Spacehab tunnel adapter
Preparations to install main engines
Reconfigure payload bay water lines
Landing gear functional tests

WORK COMPLETED:
Ku-band tests
Water spray boiler leak and functional checks
Crew compartment leak checks
Main propulsion system liquid hydrogen leak and functional checks

WORK SCHEDULED:
Install forward reaction control system
Install main engines

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:
Remove and replace fuel cell no. 2
Functional checks of orbital maneuvering system pods
Main propulsion system verification checks
Stack solid rocket boosters in Vehicle Assembly Building

(Operations to stack the solid rocket boosters has been delayed until winds from Tropical Storm Gordon subside)

WORK SCHEDULED:
Install extended duration orbiter pallet

WORK COMPLETED:
Remove main engines
Forward reaction control system functional checks
Remove GAS can payload

 

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