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Dec. 21, 1994
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19941221
 
 
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:

main landing gear strut pressurization and leak check
main landing gear test cycling and closure for flight
aft main engine compartment structural pressure check
main engine No. 1 nozzle testing and analysis
closeouts of crew compartment
preparation of orbiter for rollover to VAB

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
closure of payload bay doors for flight
orbital maneuvering system and reaction control sytem testing

MISSION: STS-67 -- Astro-2

Installation of the main engines is continuing. Engine No. 1 was installed on Monday and Engine No. 2 was installed yesterday. Engine No. 3 will not be installed until it is determined whether it will be necessary to use the engine on Discovery instead. The sleep stations are undergoing installation. 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. The payload bay doors will be closed tonight as part of preparations to secure for the holidays.

MISSION: STS-71 -- 1st MIR DOCKING

Hypergolic activities are continuing today to allow for additional post- mission troubleshooting of the auxiliary power unit system. Later today the Ku- band antenna will be stowed and the payload bay doors will be closed as part of preparations to secure for the holidays.

KSC 24-Hour Weather Summary

Today's minimum temperature: 62 degrees
Yesterday's maximum temperature: 73 degrees
Lowest relative humidity: 46 percent
Peak wind speed: East-22 mph
Precipitation as of 10 a.m.: 1.60 inches
Total December precipitation: 2.43 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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