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Feb. 27, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19950227
 
 
NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
 
 
MISSION:STS-67 -- ASTRO-2

NOTE: The countdown for mission STS-67 began today at 2 a.m. at the T-43 hour mark for a planned launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour at 1:37 a.m. Thursday, March 2. The seven-member STS-67 crew arrived at Kennedy Space Center’s Shuttle Landing Facility yesterday at 10:45 p.m. Weather forecasters are currently listing an 80 percent chance of launch criteria violation on Thursday due to clouds and winds associated with a cold front expected to move through KSC Thursday morning.

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

IN WORK TODAY:
Check-out back-up flight systems
Review and load flight software into orbiter’s general purpose computers
Begin stowage of flight crew equipment
Perform test of the vehicle’s pyrotechnic initiator controllers

WORK COMPLETED:
Close-outs of aft engine compartment and payload bay
Launch countdown preparations
Close payload bay doors for flight
Crew arrival at KSC (10:45 p.m. Sunday)
Begin countdown at T-43 hour mark (2 a.m. Monday)

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES:
Begin 12 hour operation to load cryogenic reactants into Endeavour’s fuel cell storage tanks and the extended duration orbiter pallet (10 p.m. tonight)
Move rotating service structure to launch position (8:30 a.m. Wednesday)
Begin loading external tank with cryogenic propellants (5:17 p.m. March 1)

NOTE: For additional details regarding STS-67 countdown milestones, please refer to KSC Release No. 18-95.

SUMMARY OF BUILT-IN HOLDS FOR STS-67

T-TIME ------- LENGTH OF HOLD ------- HOLD BEGINS -------- HOLD ENDS

T-27 hours -----4 hours --------------6:00 p.m. Mon.------10:00 p.m. Mon.
T-19 hours -----8 hours --------------6:00 a.m. Tues.------2:00 p.m. Tues.
T-11 hours ----13 hrs.,17 mins. -----10:00 p.m. Tues.-----11:17 a.m. Wed.
T-6 hours -----1 hours --------------4:17 p.m. Wed.-------5:17 p.m. Wed.
T-3 hours -----2 hours --------------8:17 p.m. Wed.------10:17 p.m. Wed.
T-20 minutes --10 minutes -----------12:57 a.m. Thurs.-----1:07 a.m. Thurs.
T-9 minutes --10 minutes ------------1:18 a.m. Thurs.-----1:28 a.m. Thurs.

CREW FOR MISSION STS-67

Commander (CDR): Stephen Oswald (Red Team)
Pilot (PLT): William Gregory (Red Team)
Payload Commander/Mission Specialist (MS3): Tamara Jernigan (Blue Team)
Mission Specialist (MS1): John Grunsfeld (Red Team)
Mission Specialist (MS2): Wendy Lawrence (Blue Team)
Payload Specialist (PS1): Samuel Durrance (Blue Team)
Payload Specialist (PS2): Ronald Parise (Red Team)
SUMMARY OF STS-67 LAUNCH DAY CREW ACTIVITIES

Wednesday, March 1
8:42 p.m. Wake up
9:12 p.m. Dinner/Breakfast and crew photo
9:42 p.m. Weather briefing (CDR, PLT, MS2)
9:42 p.m. Don flight equipment (MS1, MS3, PS1, PS2)
9:52 p.m. Don flight equipment (CDR, PLT, MS2)
10:22 p.m. Depart for launch pad 39A
10:52 p.m. Arrive at white room and begin ingress
Thursday, March 2, 1995

12:07 a.m. Close crew hatch
1:37 a.m. Launch

 

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