Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
March 17, 1995
NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
STS-67 -- ASTRO-2
FLIGHT DAY 16/Landing Day
LOCATION: en orbit
LAUNCH DATE and TIME: March 2 at 1:38 a.m. EST
KSC LANDING DATE and TIME: Friday, March 17 at 2:53 p.m.
MISSION DURATION: 15 days, 13 hours, 16 minutes
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 218 statute miles/28.45 degrees
Landing remains scheduled for today at 2:53 p.m. EST on orbit 246. Two additional landing opportunities are also available at KSC today at 4:30 p.m. and 6:07 p.m. No landing attempts will be made today at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
Clouds and rain associated with a low pressure system moving through Florida may prohibit landing operations today. If a wave-off is made, Endeavour will remain in orbit another day and attempt a landing at KSC or at Edwards on Saturday. Tomorrow three landing opportunities are available at KSC and three at Edwards.
STS-67 crew: Commander Stephen Oswald, Pilot William Gregory, Payload Commander Tamara Jernigan, Mission Specialist John Grunsfeld, Mission Specialist Wendy Lawrence, Payload Specialist Samuel Durrance, Payload Specialist Ronald Parise.
MISSION: STS-71 -- 1st MIR DOCKING
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: 10 days, 19 hours, 31 minutes
CREW SIZE: 7 up, 8 down
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 196-245 statute miles/51.60 degrees
NOTE: Efforts to install the Spacelab into Atlantis were delayed last night when the weight and center of gravity checks on the Spacelab in the Operations and Checkout Building determined additional ballast was needed to properly balance the laboratory. Installation is now set for next week. No impact to the over-all schedule is expected.
IN WORK TODAY:
Orbiter Docking System/Atlantis integrated verification tests
Potable water servicing
Tunnel adapter integration tests
Remove main engines and return to Vehicle Assembly Building
Mate external tank with solid rocket boosters in Vehicle Assembly Building
KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are targeted only):
Flight crew at KSC for camera alignment checks (Tuesday)
Install spacelab into orbiter (Wednesday)
Install main engines (March 24)
Flight crew at KSC for Docking system test (March 29)
Crew equipment interface test (April 8)
Final payload bay closure (April 12)
Roll to Vehicle Assembly Building (April 18)
MISSION: STS-70 -- TDRS-G
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:
Install drag chute
Main propulsion system leak and functional checks
Orbital maneuvering system pod functional checks
Remove auxiliary power unit no. 2
External tank door functional checks
Auxiliary power unit leak and functional checks
Replace auxiliary power unit no. 2
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