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Jan. 17, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19950117
 
 
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:
Securing and leak checks on auxiliary power unit no. 2
(Yesterday, a leak was found on APU no. 2 in the area of the fuel pump assembly. Workers plan to pinpoint and seal the leak today.)
Remove and replace leaking thruster R3A

WORK COMPLETED:
Crew arrival for Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (9:30 a.m. today)
Main engine flight readiness test
Helium signature test
Launch readiness review

WORK SCHEDULED THIS WEEK:
Flight Readiness Review (Wednesday)
Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (Wednesday-Thursday)
Pre-launch hypergolic propellant load (Friday)

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY (dates are targeted only):
Hot fire auxiliary power unit no. 2 (Jan. 22)
Countdown begins (4:30 p.m. Jan. 29)
Crew arrival for launch (12 midnight 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:
Remove and repair signal conditioner on right hand orbital
maneuvering system pod
Aft engine compartment close-outs
Final payload bay cleaning and close-outs

WORK COMPLETED:
Securing of main engine no. 3 following installation
Auxiliary power unit no. 1 connections

WORK SCHEDULED:
Reinstall right hand orbital maneuvering system pod
Final closure of payload bay doors

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 leak and functional checks
Install auxiliary power units

WORK COMPLETED:
Remove and replace six ball screw housings on the orbiter docking system (ODS) in the Vehicle Assembly Building
Remove auxiliary power units
Fuel cell no. 2 functional checks

WORK SCHEDULED:
Docking system functional test
Reconfigure payload bay for ODS installation next month

 

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