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Dec. 20, 1994
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19941220
 
 
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
aft main engine compartment structural leak check
orbital maneuvering system/reaction control system closeouts
main engine No. 1 nozzle testing and analysis
closeouts of crew compartment

STS-63 WORK SCHEDULED:

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:

aft main engine compartment closeouts
orbiter mid-body closeouts
closure of payload bay doors for flight
electrical testing of orbital maneuvering system and reaction control sytem

MISSION: STS-67 -- Astro-2

Installation of the main engines is continuing. Engine No. 1 was installed yesterday and Engine #2 is being installed today. Ku-band antenna testing will be completed today and the antenna will be stowed for flight tomorrow. Rework of the right orbital maneuvering system pod signal conditioner continues. Checkout and servicing of the water spray boilers is continuing and potable water servicing is also underway.

MISSION: STS-71 -- 1st MIR DOCKING

Hypergolic deservicing of the orbital maneuvering system and reaction control systems will conclude today. Troubleshooting of the flash evaporator system and the payload bay floodlight system is underway. Also in work is the main propulsion system helium leak and functional test. Preparations will begin to secure the orbiter for the holiday period tomorrow.

KSC 24-Hour Weather Summary

Today's minimum temperature: 52 degrees
Yesterday's maximum temperature: 70 degrees
Lowest relative humidity: 48 percent
Peak wind speed: NNW-22 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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