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Jan. 19, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19950119
 
 
NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
 
 
MISSION: STS-63 -- MIR RENDEZVOUS, SPARTAN and SPACEHAB-3

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
LOCATION: Pad 39B
LAUNCH DATE/APPROX. TIME: Feb. 2, 1995 at 12:48 a.m. EST
LAUNCH WINDOW: 5 minutes
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 today replaced both leaking thrusters (R3A and R3R) and leak checks are complete and good. Managers are now confident Discovery's reaction control system is tight and leak free. Also, the faulty seal and quick disconnect on auxiliary power unit no. 2 was successfully replaced. Following yesterday's Flight Readiness Review, managers picked Feb. 2 as the firm launch date for the first Shuttle mission of the new year.

IN WORK TODAY:
Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test

WORK COMPLETED:
Flight Readiness Review
Securing and leak checks on auxiliary power unit no. 2
Remove, replace and leak check thrusters R3A and R3R

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are targeted only):
Pre-launch hypergolic propellant load (Jan. 21)
Hot fire auxiliary power unit no. 2 (Jan. 23)
Ordnance installation and hypergolic propellant pressurization (Jan. 26)
Install and checkout spacesuits (Jan. 27)
Complete orbiter aft engine compartment close-outs (Jan. 29)
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
TARGET 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:
Electrical and mechanical mating of right hand orbital maneuvering system pod
Aft engine compartment close-outs
Final payload bay cleaning and close-outs
Landing gear functional checks

WORK COMPLETED:
Remove and repair signal conditioner on right hand orbital maneuvering system pod

WORK SCHEDULED:
Final closure of payload bay doors (Friday)

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
Orbital maneuvering system functional tests

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

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

 

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