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Dec. 22, 1994
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19941222
 
 
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:

closeouts of crew compartment
leak check of crew compartment
closeout of main engine No. 1 nozzle
closeout of mid-body avionics bay
pressurization of main landing gear struts
preparations for weight and center of gravity determination
preparation of orbiter for rollover to VAB
securing orbiter for Christmas holidays

STS-63 WORK SCHEDULED:

weight and center of gravity determination Jan. 3
rollover to the VAB on or about Jan. 4
rollout to Pad 39-B on or about Jan. 11
TCDT Jan. 19-20
Discovery/STS-63 status continued:

STS-63 WORK COMPLETED:

aft main engine compartment closeouts
aft main engine compartment leak check
closure of payload bay doors for flight
orbiter power down for holidays

Issues and Concerns: Propulsion engineers have cleared Discovery's main engine No. 1 for flight.

MISSION: STS-67 -- Astro-2

Engine No. 2 is being secured. Engine No. 3 will be installed after the holidays. Drag chute installation is in work. Rework of the orbital maneuvering system pod signal conditioner continues. Checkout and servicing of the water spray boilers is complete. Potable water servicing continues. Last night the payload bay doors were closed and the orbiter powered down for the Christmas holidays.

MISSION: STS-71 -- 1st MIR DOCKING

Hypergolic troubleshooting and deservicing activities are complete. Preparations are underway to secure the orbiter for the Christmas holidays. The orbiter will be powered down and the payload bay doors will be closed tonight.

KSC 24-Hour Weather Summary

Today's minimum temperature: 60 degrees
Yesterday's maximum temperature: 65 degrees
Lowest relative humidity: 96 percent
Peak wind speed/direction: 18 mph/NNW
Precipitation as of 7 a.m.: .91 inches
Total December precipitation: 2.73 inches

NOTE: The Kennedy Space Center is closed for the Christmas holidays starting Dec. 23. There will be further status reports issued until Jan. 3.

 

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