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March 21, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19950321
 
 
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.
KSC 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

Turnaround operations for Endeavour’s ferry flight back to Kennedy Space Center are underway at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The power reactant storage and distribution system tanks have been drained and repressurized and the aft space shuttle main engine doors have been removed for access to the engine compartment.

Endeavour, riding atop the modified 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, is scheduled to depart Edwards Air Force Base Friday morning with a probable return to KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility mid-day Saturday.

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:
Orbiter Docking System center-line camera alignment checks
Preparations to install main engines
Potable water servicing

WORK COMPLETED:
Orbiter Docking System/Atlantis integrated verification tests

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are targeted only):
Install spacelab into orbiter (Wednesday)
Install main engines (Thursday/Friday)
Flight crew at KSC for Docking system test (March 28-29)
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:
Payload bay reconfiguration and premate tests
Main propulsion system leak and functional checks
Orbital maneuvering system pod functional checks
Mechanical and electrical checks of auxiliary power unit no. 2
Solid rocket booster stacking operations in Vehicle Assembly Building high bay 3

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

WORK SCHEDULED:
Auxiliary power unit leak and functional checks
Clear bay for thruster replacement (Wednesday)

 

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