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March 20, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19950320
 
 
NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
 
 
MISSION:STS-67 -- ASTRO-2

VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105
LOCATION: Dryden Flight Research Facility, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
LAUNCH DATE and TIME: March 2 at 1:38 a.m. EST
EDWARDS LANDING DATE and TIME: Saturday, March 18 at 4:47 p.m. EST
MISSION DURATION: 16 days, 15 hours, 08 minutes

Endeavour’s KSC landing was waved off Friday due to low clouds, rain and thunderstorms at the Shuttle Landing Facility. Landing was rescheduled for Saturday on the first of three opportunities. Saturday’s KSC landing attempts were also waved off for reasons similar to those on Friday and mission managers decided to land Endeavour at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

Endeavour landed at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. runway 22 Saturday at 4:47 p.m. EST on orbit 263. The mission elapsed and landing times are:

MET EST
MAIN GEAR TOUCHDOWN 16:15:08:47 4:47:47 p.m.
NOSE GEAR TOUCHDOWN 16:15:09:01 4:48:01 p.m.
WHEELS STOP 16:15:09:46 4:48:46 p.m.

MILES TRAVELED: 6.9 million (statute miles)

Endeavour is in the mate-demate device at Dryden. Off-load of the residual cryogenics is complete and turnaround operations for ferry flight to KSC are in work. Managers anticipate being able to begin the ferry flight on Friday, March 24.

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: 10 days, 19 hours, 31 minutes
CREW SIZE: 7 up, 8 down
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 196-245 statute miles/51.60 degrees

IN WORK TODAY:
Preparations to install main engines

WORK COMPLETED:
Orbiter Docking System/Atlantis integrated verification tests
Potable water servicing
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 (Thursday/Friday)
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

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:
Main propulsion system leak and functional checks
Orbital maneuvering system pod functional checks
Mechanical and electrical checks of auxiliary power unit no. 2

WORK COMPLETED:
Remove auxiliary power unit no. 2
Install drag chute
External tank door functional checks

WORK SCHEDULED:
Payload premate tests

 

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