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Nov. 17, 1994
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19941117
 
 
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 Monday, Nov. 21. Atlantis will depart California at first light Sunday and remain overnight at a yet to be determined location. Arrival at Kennedy Space Center on Monday is expected around mid-day.

Final post flight reports indicated a total of 148 hits occurred on the orbiter's various surfaces, of which 28 had a major dimension of one inch or greater.

One further note of interest: The waste water dump ice deposit on the forward section of the left-hand payload bay door, as observed during on-orbit videos, was still attached after landing and measured about 8 inches by 4 inches by 2 inches.

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:
Preparations to install main engines
Crew compartment leak checks
Reconfigure payload bay water lines
Landing fear functional tests

WORK COMPLETED:
Install Spacehab tunnel adapter
Fuel cell no. 3 coolant checks
Ku-band tests

WORK SCHEDULED NEXT WEEK:
Install forward reaction control system
Install main engines
Remote manipulator system functional checks

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

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

WORK SCHEDULED NEXT WEEK:
Install extended duration orbiter pallet (tomorrow)
Begin auxiliary power unit servicing
Continue functional checks of orbital maneuvering system pods
Complete payload bay reconfiguration
Main landing gear tile inspections

 

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