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Jan. 26, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19950126
 
 
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 6:13 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 8 days, 5 hours, 25 minutes
CREW SIZE: 6
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 196-245 statute miles/51.60 degrees

IN WORK TODAY:
Closeouts of the solid rocket boosters
Launch countdown preparations
Closing out the orbiter's aft compartment for flight
Install and checkout the two contingency space suits in the orbiter's airlock (tonight)

WORK COMPLETED:
Installed ordnance devices
Completed initial stowing of experiments and equipment into the SPACEHAB module

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are targeted only):
Hypergolic propellant pressurization (Jan. 27)
Purges of the external tank (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:
Checks of the body flap
Close-outs of the orbiter's midbody and aft engine compartment
Leak tests of the forward reaction control system
Closeouts of orbital maneuvering system pods
Installing various panels on the vehicle
Checks of the flight controls and main propulsion system thrust vector control system
Frequency response test of the orbiter's aerosurfaces

WORK SCHEDULED:
Structural leak tests
Positive pressure test

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:
Systems testing of the power reactant storage and distribution system
Servicing the orbiter's potable water system
Repositioning of the waste water dump nozzle
Tests of the main propulsion system and Ku band antenna
Orbital maneuvering system functional tests
Configuring the midbody for the orbiter docking system

WORK SCHEDULED:
Reconfigure payload bay for ODS installation next month

 

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