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Feb. 14, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19950214
 
 
NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
 
 
MISSION:STS-67 -- ASTRO-2

VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105
LOCATION: Pad 39A
TARGET LAUNCH DATE: March 2
APPROX. LAUNCH TIME: 1:37 a.m.
LAUNCH WINDOW: 2 hours, 30 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: March 17 at 3:09 p.m.
MISSION DURATION: 15 days, 13 hours
CREW SIZE: 7
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 218 statute miles/28.45 degrees

NOTE: The seven-member crew for mission STS-67 is at Kennedy Space Center for the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test which is being held today and tomorrow. The T-0 is set for 11 a.m. Wednesday. The Launch Readiness Review was held yesterday at KSC and the Flight Readiness Review will be held on Wednesday beginning at 10 a.m.

IN WORK TODAY:
Helium signature test
Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test
Preparations to load hypergolic fuels

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are targeted only):
Load hypergolic fuels (Thursday and Friday)
Begin orbiter aft engine compartment close-outs for flight (Feb. 20)
Close payload bay doors for flight (Feb. 24)
Begin countdown for launch (2 a.m. Feb. 27)
Launch (March 2)

MISSION: STS-71 -- 1st MIR DOCKING

VEHICLE: Atlantis/OV-104
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility 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:
Remove and replace Freon/water interchanger
Tunnel adapter installation preparations
Install drag chute
Preparations to install main engines
Install main landing gear wheel and tire assemblies
Begin stacking solid rocket boosters in Vehicle Assembly Building high bay 1

WORK COMPLETED:
External tank door functional checks
Deservice Freon coolant loops
Orbital maneuvering system functional tests
Install auxiliary power units

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are targeted only):
Install main engines (Feb. 20)
Install Orbiter Docking System (March 13)
Install Spacelab (March 17)
Crew equipment interface test (April 11)
Final payload bay closure (April 12)
Roll to Vehicle Assembly Building (April 18)

MISSION: STS-70 -- TDRS-G

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2
TARGET LAUNCH DATE: June 22
APPROX. LAUNCH TIME: 11:13 a.m.
LAUNCH WINDOW: 2 hours, 30 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: June 30 at 9:23 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 8 days
CREW SIZE: 5
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 184 statute miles/28.45 degrees

NOTE: As post-flight inspections continue on Discovery, engineers noted the total number of orbiter thermal protection system debris hits was average (125) and the number of hits 1-inch or larger (14) was less than average when compared to previous missions.

Today, Discovery’s payload bay doors will be opened and preparations made to remove the Spacehab and SPARTAN payloads early next week.

 

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