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Jan. 18, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19950118
 
 
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 12:48 a.m. EST
LAUNCH WINDOW: 5 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Feb. 10 at 6:10 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 8 days, 5 hours, 22 minutes
CREW SIZE: 6
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 196-245 statute miles/51.60 degrees

NOTE: Workers replaced thruster R3A yesterday. During operations to repressurize the manifold, another thruster on that same manifold, R3R, was determined to be leaking, also. Managers today will determine if R3R needs to be replaced.

IN WORK TODAY:
Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test
Flight Readiness Review
Securing and leak checks on auxiliary power unit no. 2 (A leaking seal on the fuel inlet filter quick disconnect on auxiliary power unit no. 2 will be replaced tonight.)

WORK COMPLETED:
Remove and replace leaking thruster R3A

WORK SCHEDULED:
Pre-launch hypergolic propellant load

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:
Reinstall right hand orbital maneuvering system pod
Aft engine compartment close-outs
Final payload bay cleaning and close-outs

WORK COMPLETED:
Remove and repair signal conditioner on right hand orbital maneuvering system pod
Auxiliary power unit no. 1 connections

WORK SCHEDULED:
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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