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March 24, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19950324
 
 
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. Overnight the main engine tail cone was installed and later today the orbiter will be mated to the modified 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft.

With favorable weather conditions, Endeavour is scheduled to depart Edwards Saturday morning with a probable return to KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility mid-day Sunday.

MISSION: STS-71 -- 1st MIR DOCKING

VEHICLE: Atlantis/OV-104
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 3
TARGET LAUNCH DATE: June 2 (no earlier than)
APPROX. LAUNCH TIME: 1:45 a.m.
LAUNCH WINDOW: 5 minutes
KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: June 12 at 9:15 p.m.
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:
Securing of the three Space Shuttle Main Engines
Spacelab electrical mates to orbiter
Potable water servicing
Redundancy tests of the orbital maneuvering and reaction control systems
Leak checks of the crew cabin

WORK COMPLETED:
Installed the three main engines
Install spacelab into orbiter
Orbiter Docking System mechanism functional test

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
thrusters and auxiliary power unit no. 2 connections
Solid rocket booster stacking operations in Vehicle Assembly Building
high bay 3

WORK COMPLETED:
Replaced thruster L2D

WORK SCHEDULED:
Begin installation of Space Shuttle Main Engines (March 27)

 

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