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Jan. 11, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19950111
 
 
NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
 
 
MISSION: STS-63 -- MIR RENDEZVOUS, SPARTAN and SPACEHAB-3

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
LOCATION: Vehicle Assembly Building
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 and INCLINATION: 196-245 statute miles/51.60 degrees

NOTE: Following Discovery's roll out to pad B yesterday, managers decided to proceed with plans to replace the leaking thruster on the right hand orbital maneuvering system pod. To accommodate the replacement operation, the helium signature test, originally scheduled for Tuesday, will be moved up 24 hours and the thruster work will take place on Tuesday. Work to replace the thruster should be complete prior to the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test scheduled for next Wednesday and Thursday. If all goes according to plan, there will be no further changes to the schedule and launch will remain targeted for February 2. (For more information on the leaking thruster, please refer to yesterday's shuttle status report.)

IN WORK TODAY:
Solid rocket booster part of the shuttle interface verification test
Launch pad validations
Securing of auxiliary power unit no. 2

WORK COMPLETED:
Rollout to pad 39B (First motion was at about 12:40 p.m. The vehicle was hard down on the pad at about 8 p.m. yesterday)
WORK SCHEDULED:
Main engine preparations and frequency response test (Friday)

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY (dates are targeted only):
Remove leaking thruster R3A (Jan. 17)
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 DATE: March 2
APPROX. LAUNCH TIME: 1:37 a.m.
LAUNCH WINDOW: 2 hours, 30 minutes
KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: March 18 at 3:09 p.m.
MISSION DURATION: 15 days, 13 hours
CREW SIZE: 7
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 218 statute miles/28.45 degrees

IN WORK TODAY:
Aft engine compartment close-outs
Securing of main engine no. 3 following installation
Payload end-to-end tests
Preparations to remove and repair a signal conditioner on the right hand orbital maneuvering system pod

WORK COMPLETED:
Crew equipment integration test

WORK SCHEDULED:
Remove and repair right hand orbital maneuvering system pod (Monday)

MISSION: STS-71 -- 1st MIR DOCKING

VEHICLE: Atlantis/OV-104
LOCATION: OPF bay 3
TARGET LAUNCH PERIOD: May/June
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 and INCLINATION: 196-245 statute miles/51.60 degrees

IN WORK TODAY:
Main propulsion system verification checks
Fuel cell no. 2 functional checks
Remove auxiliary power units


WORK COMPLETED:
Remove and replace fuel cell no. 2
Remove space shuttle main engines

WORK SCHEDULED:
Remove and replace six ball screw housings on the orbiter
docking system (ODS) in the Vehicle Assembly Building

 

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