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Feb. 23, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19950223
 
 
NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
 
 
MISSION:STS-67 -- ASTRO-2

VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105
LOCATION: Pad 39A
LAUNCH DATE and TIME: March 2 at 1:37 a.m.
LAUNCH WINDOW: 2 hours, 30 minutes
KSC LANDING DATE and TIME: March 17 at 3:09 p.m.
MISSION DURATION: 15 days, 13 hours, 32 minutes
CREW SIZE: 7
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 218 statute miles/28.45 degrees

NOTE: Workers tonight will "over-pressurize" the flash evaporator system (FES) of the Freon coolant loops to determine if a minor pressure leak within the FES could worsen during flight operations. The very minor leak currently known to be within the FES will not impact the mission or the current schedule. Test results will be known tomorrow.

IN WORK TODAY:
Close-outs of aft engine compartment
Purge the external tank

WORK COMPLETED:
Pressurize hypergolic reactant tanks
Successful test of replacement mass memory unit no. 1

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES:
Close payload bay doors for flight (Feb. 24)
Crew arrival at KSC (11:15 p.m. Feb. 26)
Begin countdown for March 2 launch (2 a.m. Feb. 27)
Begin loading external tank with cryogenic propellants (5:18 p.m. March 1)

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:
Service replacement Freon/water interchanger and coolant loops
Stack solid rocket boosters in Vehicle Assembly Building high bay 1

WORK COMPLETED:
Remove and replace Freon/water interchanger
Install all three main engines

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are targeted only):
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:
Preparations to remove main engines
Main propulsion system leak and functional checks
Tunnel adapter leak checks

WORK COMPLETED:
Clear bay to off-load hypergolic reactants

WORK SCHEDULED:
Remove space shuttle main engines (March 3)

 

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