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Jan. 5, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19950105
 
 
NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
 
 
MISSION: STS-63 -- MIR RENDEZVOUS, SPARTAN and SPACEHAB-3

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
LOCATION: Vehicle Assembly Building transfer aisle
TARGET LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Feb. 2, 1995 at 12:51 a.m. EST
LAUNCH WINDOW: 5 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Feb. 10 at 7:05 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 8 days, 6 hours, 13 minutes
CREW SIZE: 6
ORBITAL ALTITUDE: 196 statute miles
INCLINATION: 51.60 degrees

IN WORK TODAY:
Preparations to lift orbiter and mate with the external tank.
Lift is set for tonight.

WORK COMPLETED:
Rollover to the Vehicle Assembly Building was completed at 2:30 a.m. today
Crew equipment interface test
Complete payload interface verification checks
Aft engine compartment close-outs and final engine checks

WORK SCHEDULED:
Mate orbiter with external tank
Shuttle interface verification tests
Rollout to pad B scheduled for 8 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11

MISSION: STS-67 -- Astro-2

VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105
LOCATION: OPF bay 1
TARGET LAUNCH PERIOD: early March
APPROX. LAUNCH TIME: very early morning
LAUNCH WINDOW: 2 hours, 3 minutes
KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: TBD
MISSION DURATION: 15 days, 13 hours
CREW SIZE: 7
ORBITAL ALTITUDE: 218 statute miles
INCLINATION: 28.45 degrees

IN WORK TODAY:
Aft engine compartment close-outs
Preparations to install main engines
Water spray boiler check-outs
Preparations to replace right hand orbital maneuvering system pod
Orbiter/payload interface verification test

WORK COMPLETED:
Main propulsion system verification checks
Install ASTRO-2 payload and interface verification checks
Install main engines no. 1 and 2

WORK SCHEDULED:
Crew equipment integration test (Monday)
Install main engine no. 3

MISSION: STS-71 -- 1st MIR DOCKING

VEHICLE: Atlantis/OV-104
LOCATION: OPF bay 3
TARGET LAUNCH PERIOD: late May
APPROX. LAUNCH TIME: early morning
LAUNCH WINDOW: 5 minutes
KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: TBD
MISSION DURATION: 9 days, 20 hours
CREW SIZE: 7 up, 8 down
ORBITAL ALTITUDE: 196-245 statute miles
INCLINATION: 51.60 degrees

IN WORK TODAY:
Main propulsion system verification checks
Preparations to remove main engines
Install Russian-made panels in orbiter (necessary to operate orbiter docking device for mating operations with MIR)

WORK COMPLETED:
Remove and replace orbital maneuvering system thrusters
Orbiter structural checks
Off load hypergolic reactants
Main engine pump torque checks
Open payload bay doors

WORK SCHEDULED:
Remove space shuttle main engines
Install auxiliary power units

 

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