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Feb. 3, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19950203
 
 
NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
 
 
MISSION: STS-63 -- MIR RENDEZVOUS, SPARTAN and SPACEHAB-3

LAUNCH DAY/FLIGHT DAY 1

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
LOCATION: en orbit
LAUNCH DATE and TIME: Feb. 3, 1995 at 12:22:04 a.m. EST
KSC LANDING DATE/APPROX. TIME: Feb. 11 at 5:49 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 8 days, 5 hours, 27 minutes
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 196-245 statute miles/51.60 degrees

NOTE: The countdown for launch of Discovery on mission STS-63 proceeded smoothly today with liftoff occurring at 12:22:04 a.m. EST from KSC’s pad 39B. No technical issues were worked during the final phase of the count.

Post launch inspections of the pad revealed no unusual damage to the pad surface or the mobile launcher platform.

The solid rocket booster retrieval ships reached the spent boosters shortly after splashdown and were on station until first light when recovery operations began.

(Mission STS-63 status reports are issued daily by the Johnson Space Center, Houston, Tx.)

CREW: Commander James Wetherbee; Pilot Eileen Collins; and Mission Specialists Bernard Harris, Michael Foale, Janice Voss and Vladimir Titov

MISSION: STS-67 -- ASTRO-2

VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105
LOCATION: Vehicle Assembly Building transfer aisle
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:
Orbiter lift and mate to external tank

WORK COMPLETED:
Roll over to the Vehicle Assembly Building occurred at about 2:15 a.m. today
Final closure of payload bay doors
Orbiter midbody close-outs
Aft engine compartment close-outs
Frequency response test

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are targeted only):
Rollout to pad 39A (Feb. 8)
Hot fire auxiliary power unit no. 1 (Feb. 9)
Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (Feb. 14-15)
Close payload bay doors for flight (Feb. 24)
Launch (March 2)

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
Orbital maneuvering system functional tests

WORK COMPLETED:
Install auxiliary power units

WORK SCHEDULED NEXT WEEK:
Auxiliary power unit service and check-outs
External tank door functional checks
Deservice Freon coolant loops

 

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