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Jan. 20, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19950120
 
 
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

IN WORK TODAY:
Preparations to load hypergolic propellants onboard Discovery
Closeouts of the solid rocket boosters

WORK COMPLETED:
Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test
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/TIME: March 2 at approximately 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
Close-outs of the orbiter's midbody and aft engine compartment

WORK COMPLETED:
Final payload bay cleaning and closure of doors
Landing gear functional checks

MISSION: STS-71 -- 1st MIR DOCKING

VEHICLE: Atlantis/OV-10
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:
Ku-band antenna testing
Orbital maneuvering system functional tests
Configuring the midbody for the orbiter docking system

WORK SCHEDULED:
Functional tests of the auxiliary power units next week
Docking system functional test
Reconfigure payload bay for ODS installation next month

 

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