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Feb. 24, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19950224
 
 
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: Managers today will review data from last night's flash evaporator system (FES) tests. Initial results of the test indicate the small leak on the FES coolant loops did not worsen but may have gotten better. Managers also cleared for flight the high pressure fuel turbopump on main engine no. 2. Operations to close-out the aft engine compartment and the payload bay will continue as scheduled today.

IN WORK TODAY:
Close-outs of aft engine compartment and payload bay
Launch countdown preparations

WORK COMPLETED:
Purge the external tank
Leak checks of flash evaporator system

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES:
Close payload bay doors for flight (Saturday night)
Crew arrival at KSC (11:15 p.m. Sunday)
Begin countdown for March 2 launch (2 a.m. Monday)
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
Main engine securing
Payload premate tests
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:
Remove main engine heatshields
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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