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Jan. 6, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19950106
 
 
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: 196-245 statute miles
INCLINATION: 51.60 degrees

IN WORK TODAY:
Mate orbiter with the external tank.

WORK COMPLETED:
Rollover to the Vehicle Assembly Building was completed at 2:30 a.m. Thursday

WORK SCHEDULED NEXT WEEK:
Shuttle interface verification tests (Sunday)
Rollout to pad 39B scheduled for 8 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11
Launch pad validations (Thursday)
Main engine preparations and frequency response test (Friday)

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY (dates are targeted only):
Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (Jan. 17-19)
Flight Readiness Review (Jan. 18)
Hot fire auxiliary power unit no. 2 (Jan. 22)
Countdown begins (4 p.m. Jan. 29)

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
Install main engine no. 3
Preparations to remove and repair a signal conditioner on the 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 NEXT WEEK:
Crew equipment integration test (Monday)
Service auxiliary power unit no. 1
Begin aft engine compartment close-outs

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY (dates are targeted only):
Complete right hand orbital maneuvering system pod installation (Jan. 18)
Final payload bay closure (Jan. 18)
Roll over to Vehicle Assembly Building (Jan. 25)

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

WORK COMPLETED:
Install Russian-made panels in orbiter (necessary to operate orbiter docking device for mating operations with MIR)

WORK SCHEDULED NEXT WEEK:
Remove space shuttle main engines (Monday)
Remove and replace fuel cell no. 2 (Monday)
Install auxiliary power units

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY (dates are targeted only):
Begin installing auxiliary power units (Jan. 16)

 

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