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March 23, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19950323
 
 
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 continue today at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Tonight the main engine tail cone will be installed and tomorrow the orbiter will be mated to the modified 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft.

Endeavour is not scheduled to depart Edwards before Saturday morning with a probable return to KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility mid-day Sunday, weather permitting. Winds and rain in California delayed work necessary for an earlier planned Friday departure.

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:
Begin space shuttle main engine installation
Spacelab electrical mates to orbiter
Potable water servicing

WORK COMPLETED:
Preparations to install main engines
Install spacelab into orbiter
Orbiter Docking System center-line camera alignment checks

KEY OPF OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are targeted only):
Spacelab verification tests (Monday/Tuesday)
Flight crew at KSC for Docking system test (Tuesday/Wednesday)
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:
Bay closed for hazardous operations involving removing and replacing a thruster and auxiliary power unit no. 2 connections
Solid rocket booster stacking operations in Vehicle Assembly Building high bay 3

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

WORK SCHEDULED:
Begin installation of space shuttle main engines (March 27)

 

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