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Dec. 19, 1994
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19941219
 
 
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/test analysis

aft compartment closeouts STS-63 WORK SCHEDULED:

closeouts of crew compartment
structural leak check of aft main engine 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 the three main engines is underway. The right orbital maneuvering system pod has been removed for rework of wiring on the signal conditioner. Auxiliary power unit No. 1 has been reinstalled and connections are being established. The drag chute has been installed. Checkout and servicing of the water spray boilers is continuing.

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. Preparations will then begin to secure the orbiter for the holiday period.

KSC 24-Hour Weather Summary

Today's minimum temperature: 49 degrees
Yesterday's maximum temperature: 65 degrees
Lowest relative humidity: 80 percent
Peak wind speed: N-16 mph
Precipitation as of 7 a.m.: 0 inches
Total December precipitation: .64 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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