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Feb. 15, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19950215
 
 
NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
 
 
MISSION:STS-67 -- ASTRO-2

VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105
LOCATION: Pad 39A
TARGET LAUNCH DATE: March 2
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 will conclude today. Also, the Flight Readiness Review is being held at KSC today. A firm launch date is expected to be announced following the meeting this afternoon.

IN WORK TODAY:
Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test
Flight Readiness Review
Preparations to load hypergolic fuels

WORK COMPLETED:
Helium signature test

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 March 2 launch (2 a.m. Feb. 27)

MISSION: STS-71 -- 1st MIR DOCKING

VEHICLE: Atlantis/OV-104
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 3
TARGET LAUNCH PERIOD: May/June
APPROX. LAUNCH PERIOD: late night
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
Preparations to install main engines
Install main landing gear wheel and tire assemblies
Stack solid rocket boosters in Vehicle Assembly Building high bay 1

WORK COMPLETED:
Install drag chute

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

IN WORK TODAY:
Post-flight toxic vapor checks near and around auxiliary power units
Final destow of spacehab experiments

WORK COMPLETED:
Open payload bay doors and perform functional checks

WORK SCHEDULED:
Remove Spacehab and SPARTAN payloads (Feb. 20)
Remove space shuttle main engines (March 3)

 

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