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March 29, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19950329
 
 
NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
 
 
Vehicle: OV-104/Atlantis
Mission number: STS-71
Location: OPF Bay 3
Primary payload: Spacelab-MIR
Astronauts: 7 up, 8 down
Orbital altitude: 196-245 statute miles
Inclination: 51.6 degrees
Mission Duration: 10 days, 19 hours, 31 minutes
Launch date: June 2 NET
Landing date: June 12

STS-71 IN WORK:

Orbiter docking system end-to-end test with STS-71 astronauts
Orbiter mid-body closeouts
Main engine/main propulsion system integrated testing
Closeouts, final test and checkout of ET/SRB stack in the VAB

STS-71 WORK SCHEDULED:

Spacelab stowage (Thurs.)
Installation of Spacelab tunnel (Apr. 3)
Crew Equipment Interface Test (Apr. 8)
Close payload bay doors (Apr. 12)
Transfer orbiter to VAB and mate to ET/SRB stack (Apr. 18)

STS-71 WORK COMPLETED:

Spacelab-Mir Interface Verification Test (IVT)
Crew cabin and airlock leak checks

Issues and Concerns: None

Discovery/OV-103 (STS-70/TDRS-G)
OPF Bay 2

The orbiter power system is being validated today. Installation of the three main engines is scheduled to begin Thursday. Reaction control system thruster changeout work is complete. Preparations are underway for the upcoming leak and functional checks of the auxiliary power units. The waste containment system will be installed next week. In the Vehicle Assembly Building, the right forward center segment was stacked yesterday as planned. Stacking of the right forward segment is underway today. Routine thermal protection system work continues.

Endeavour/OV-105 (STS-67)

The orbiter has been jacked and leveled. Access is being established into the aft main engine compartment today. The crew access hatch has been opened. Preparations are underway for removing the ferry flight tailcone which is scheduled for Thursday. The payload bay door strongback is being attached today in preparation for opening the payload bay doors tomorrow. Post-flight inspections of the windows are underway.

KSC 24-Hour Weather Summary

Today’s minimum temperature: 59 degrees
Yesterday’s maximum temperature: 85 degrees
Lowest relative humidity: 57 percent
Peak wind speed/direction: 21 mph/W
Precipitation as of 7 a.m.: 0.10 inches
Total March precipitation: 1.38 inches

 

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