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Feb. 1, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19950201
 
 
NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
 
 
MISSION: STS-63 -- MIR RENDEZVOUS, SPARTAN and SPACEHAB-3

NOTE: Launch of Space Shuttle Discovery remains set for about 12:48 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 2. The countdown will target launch for 12:45 a.m., the earliest possible launch opportunity based on the Mir orbit. The exact launch time will be adjusted at the T-9 minute hold.

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
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 196-245 statute miles/51.60 degrees

The countdown for mission STS-63 and the launch of Discovery Thursday morning continues as planned today. No technical issues are being worked by the management team and no problems are being reported from the pad.
The rotating service structure was moved into launch position at about 8 a.m. today. Other operations today include: activate the fuel cells, perform pre-ingress switch list, configure communications at mission control in Houston and clear the pad for external tank loading. Loading of the external tank with cryogenic propellants is scheduled to begin at about 3:55 p.m. today.
Air Force weather forecasters are currently indicating a zero percent probability of weather prohibiting launch on Thursday. During Thursday’s five minute launch window, the winds at Pad B are expected to be from the west at 10-15 knots; temperature 48 degrees F; visibility 7 miles; and clouds scattered at 25,000- 28,000 feet. The 24-hour-delay forecast reveals similar conditions with forecasters again listing a zero percent chance of violation.
Today, the six-member astronaut crew will be given a briefing on tomorrow morning’s launch weather outlook at Kennedy Space Center and the TransAtlantic abort sites in Spain and Africa. Also today, the crew will make last minute adjustments to their flight plans while completing their review of launch day activities. Tonight, the crew will depart for Launch Pad 39B at about 9 p.m.

NOTE: For additional details regarding STS-63 countdown milestones, please refer to KSC Release No. 6-95.

SUMMARY OF BUILT-IN HOLDS FOR STS-63

T-TIME ---------- LENGTH OF HOLD ------- HOLD BEGINS --------HOLD ENDS

T-27 hours ---------4 hours ------------8:30 a.m. Mon.-----2:30 p.m. Mon.
T-19 hours ---------8 hours ------------8:30 p.m. Mon.-----4:30 a.m. Tues.
T-11 hours --------20 hrs.,25 mins. ---12:30 p.m. Tues.----8:55 a.m. Wed.
T-6 hours ---------2 hours ------------1:55 p.m. Wed.-----3:55 p.m. Wed.
T-3 hours ---------2 hours ------------6:55 p.m.Wed.------8:55 p.m. Wed.
T-20 minutes ------10 minutes ---------11:35 p.m.Wed.-----11:45 p.m. Wed.
T-9 minutes ------40 minutes ---------11:56 p.m.Wed.-----12:36 a.m. Thurs.

CREW FOR MISSION STS-63

Commander (CDR): James Wetherbee
Pilot (PLT): Eileen Collins
Mission Specialist (MS1): Bernard Harris
Mission Specialist (MS2): Michael Foale
Mission Specialist (MS3): Janice Voss
Mission Specialist (MS4): Vladimir Titov

SUMMARY OF STS-63 LAUNCH DAY CREW ACTIVITIES

Wednesday, Feb. 1
7:20 p.m. Wake up
7:50 p.m. Breakfast and crew photo
8:20 p.m. Weather briefing (CDR, PLT, MS2)
8:20 p.m. Don flight equipment (MS1, MS3, MS4)
8:30 p.m. Don flight equipment (CDR, PLT, MS2)
9:00 p.m. Depart for launch pad 39B
9:30 p.m. Arrive at white room and begin ingress
10:45 p.m. Close crew hatch

Thursday, Feb. 2, 1995
12:48 a.m. Launch (time estimated)

 

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