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Jan. 9, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19950109
 
 
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:
Shuttle interface verification tests

WORK COMPLETED:
Mate orbiter with the external tank.
Rollover to the Vehicle Assembly Building was completed at 2:30 a.m. Thursday

WORK SCHEDULED:
Rollout to pad 39B scheduled for 8 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11
Launch pad validations
Main engine preparations and frequency response test

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:
Crew equipment integration test
Aft engine compartment close-outs
Preparations to remove and repair a signal conditioner on the
right hand orbital maneuvering system pod

WORK COMPLETED:
Orbiter/payload interface verification test
Install main engine no. 3
Main propulsion system verification checks

WORK SCHEDULED:
Service auxiliary power unit no. 1

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

NOTE: Workers this week will remove and replace six ball screws on the orbiter docking system (ODS) in the Vehicle Assembly Building. The work will not impact the schedule to install the ODS in Atlantis’ payload bay next month.

IN WORK TODAY:
Remove space shuttle main engines
Remove and replace fuel cell no. 2
Main propulsion system verification checks

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

WORK SCHEDULED:
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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