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March 30, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19950330
 
 
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:

Landing gear functional test
Initial Spacelab experiment and support equipment stowage
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:

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)
Orbiter Docking System end-to-end test

Issues and Concerns: None

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

The orbiter power system validations are complete. Test results from the payload data recorder interface verification test are being evaluated today. Preparations to install the three main engines continues. The actual installation is now scheduled to begin on Monday. Leak and functional checks of the auxiliary power units are underway today. The waste containment system will be installed next week. In the Vehicle Assembly Building, stacking of the right forward segment will conclude today. The right forward nose cone assembly will be transported to the VAB tonight for installation atop the booster segments on Friday.

Endeavour/OV-105 (STS-67)

The orbiter has been jacked and leveled. Access platforms are being installed into the aft main engine compartment. The crew access hatch is open and flight data tapes are being removed from the flight deck. Preparations are underway for removing the ferry flight tailcone which is scheduled for second shift tonight. Preparations are also in work to remove the drag chute assembly. The payload bay doors were opened at 10 a.m. today. The Astro-2 payload will be removed on April 5. Post-flight inspections and buffing of the windows continues.

KSC 24-Hour Weather Summary

Today’s minimum temperature: 64 degrees
Yesterday’s maximum temperature: 77 degrees
Lowest relative humidity: 52 percent
Peak wind speed/direction: 18 mph/W
Precipitation as of 7 a.m.: 0 inches
Total March precipitation: 1.38 inches

 

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