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Dec. 12, 1994
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19941212
 
 
NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
 
 
MISSION: STS-63 -- MIR RENDEZVOUS, SPARTAN and SPACEHAB-3

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
LOCATION: OPF bay 2
TARGET LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Feb. 2, 1995 at 12:51 a.m. EST
LAUNCH WINDOW: 5 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Feb. 10 at 7:05 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 8 days, 6 hours, 13 minutes
CREW SIZE: 6
ORBITAL ALTITUDE: 196 statute miles
INCLINATION: 51.60 degrees

NOTE: The decision was made today to remove and replace auxiliary power unit no. 2 due to possible cracks in the unit's exhaust housing. No impact to roll out to pad B or to the launch date is expected.

IN WORK TODAY:
Spartan interface verification checks
Aft engine compartment close-outs
Preparations to remove and replace auxiliary power unit no. 2 (tonight)
Main engine checks

WORK COMPLETED:
Crew equipment interface test (CEIT)
Orbital maneuvering system pod interface verification test
Main engine securing and inspections

WORK SCHEDULED:
Complete payload interface verification checks
Main engine clearance and final aerosurface checks
Orbital maneuvering system pod crossfeed connections
Orbiter mid-body close-outs
Close payload bay doors for flight


MISSION: STS-67 -- Astro-2

VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105
LOCATION: OPF bay 1
TARGET LAUNCH PERIOD: early March
APPROX. LAUNCH TIME: very early morning
LAUNCH WINDOW: 2 hours, 3 minutes
KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: TBD
MISSION DURATION: 15 days, 13 hours
CREW SIZE: 7
ORBITAL ALTITUDE: 218 statute miles
INCLINATION: 28.45 degrees

IN WORK TODAY:
Remove and replace auxiliary power unit no. 1
Main propulsion system verification checks

WORK COMPLETED:
Stack solid rocket boosters in Vehicle Assembly Building
Payload premate tests
Functional checks of orbital maneuvering system pods

WORK SCHEDULED:
Mate solid rocket boosters with external tank in Vehicle Assembly Building
Install ASTRO-2 payload and interface verification checks
Begin aft engine compartment close-outs
Begin preparations to install main engines

MISSION: STS-71 -- 1st MIR DOCKING

VEHICLE: Atlantis/OV-104
LOCATION: OPF bay 3
TARGET LAUNCH PERIOD: late May
APPROX. LAUNCH TIME: early morning
LAUNCH WINDOW: 5 minutes
KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: TBD
MISSION DURATION: 9 days, 20 hours
CREW SIZE: 7 up, 8 down
ORBITAL ALTITUDE: 196-245 statute miles
INCLINATION: 51.60 degrees

IN WORK TODAY:
Orbiter structural checks
Main propulsion system verification checks

WORK COMPLETED:
Close payload bay doors
Main engine pump torque checks
Fuel cell leak checks

WORK SCHEDULED:
Off load hypergolic reactants
Open payload bay doors
Remove and replace orbital maneuvering system thrusters

 

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