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Dec. 16, 1994
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19941216
 
 
NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
 
 
MISSION: STS-63 -- MIR RENDEZVOUS, SPARTAN and SPACEHAB-3

Vehicle: OV-103/Discovery
Location: OPF Bay 2
Orbital altitude: 247 sm
Primary payload: Spacehab-3/Spartan
Inclination: 51.6 degrees
Launch date: Feb. 2 12:49 a.m.
Landing: Feb. 10
Mission duration: 8 days, 6 hrs. 13 min.
Crew Size: 6

STS-63 IN WORK:

checkout of replacement auxiliary power unit No. 2
orbiter mid-body electrical testing and closeouts
checkout of orbital maneuvering system flight controls
orbital maneuvering system pod interface verification testing
orbital maneuvering system pod leak checks
main engine No. 1 nozzle x-rays and borescoping
aft compartment closeouts

STS-63 WORK SCHEDULED:

closeouts of crew compartment
preparations to conclude work for the 10-day holiday period
rollover to the VAB on or about Jan. 4
rollout to Pad 39-B on or about Jan. 11

STS-63 WORK COMPLETED:

closure of payload bay doors for flight

MISSION: STS-67 -- Astro-2

Installation of Astro-2 into Endeavour's payload bay is complete as well as the establishment of the electrical and fluid connections. Testing will begin after the holidays.

Water spray boiler checkout and servicing is continuing. Preparations are underway for the installation of the three main engines next week.

Installation of auxiliary power unit No.1 is scheduled for later tonight or Monday.

MISSION: STS-71 -- 1st MIR DOCKING

Hypergolic deservicing of the orbital maneuvering system and reaction control systems is continuing today as well as the post flight removal of the auxiliary power units.

Tonight preparations will begin to remove and replace general purpose computer No. 1. Troubleshooting the Ku-band communications antenna will continue. Preparations are underway to remove and replace windows No. 1 and No. 2.

KSC 24-Hour Weather Summary

Today's minimum temperature: 65 degrees
Yesterday's maximum temperature: 71 degrees
Lowest relative humidity: 74 percent
Peak wind speed: N-36 mph
Precipitation as of 7 a.m.: .03 inches
Total December precipitation: .57 inches

NOTE: Christmas holidays for the launch team begin Dec. 23 and extend until Jan. 3. There will be no orbiter processing activity during that time. No status reports will be issued.

 

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