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Jan. 12, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19950112
 
 
NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
 
 
MISSION: STS-63 -- MIR RENDEZVOUS, SPARTAN and SPACEHAB-3

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
LOCATION: Pad 39B
TARGET LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Feb. 2, 1995 at 12:49 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

IN WORK TODAY:
Solid rocket booster portion of the flight readiness test
Shuttle interface verification test

WORK COMPLETED:
Securing of auxiliary power unit no. 2
Launch pad validations
Power up Shuttle vehicle

WORK SCHEDULED:
Main engine frequency response test (Friday)
Launch readiness review (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 (4:30 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
Preparations to remove and repair a signal conditioner on the right hand orbital maneuvering system pod

WORK COMPLETED:
Securing of main engine no. 3 following installation
Payload end-to-end tests

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:
Remove and replace six ball screw housings on the orbiter
docking system (ODS) in the Vehicle Assembly Building
Main propulsion system verification checks
Remove auxiliary power units (2 of 3 units out, last unit removal is in work)

WORK COMPLETED:
Fuel cell no. 2 functional checks
Remove space shuttle main engines

WORK SCHEDULED:
Reconfigure payload bay for ODS installation next month

 

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