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April 5, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19950405
 
 
NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
 
 
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:
Aft engine compartment close-outs
Install main engine heatshields
Spacelab close-outs
Tunnel connections and electrical checks

WORK COMPLETED:
Install Mir/Spacelab tunnel

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are targeted only):
Crew equipment interface test (April 8-9)
Final payload bay closure (April 12)
Roll to Vehicle Assembly Building (April 19)
Roll to Launch Pad 39-A (April 26)

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:
Preparations for possible move to Vehicle Assembly Building for temporary storage
Auxiliary power unit leak and functional checks
Ammonia servicing
Solid rocket booster stacking operations in Vehicle Assembly Building high bay 3

WORK COMPLETED:
Payload premate tests

WORK SCHEDULED:
Possible transfer to Vehicle Assembly Building for temporary storage (April 12)

MISSION: STS-69 -- WSF-2 & SPARTAN 201-03

VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1
TARGET LAUNCH DATE: July 20
APPROX. LAUNCH TIME: 12:06 p.m.
LAUNCH WINDOW: 2 hours, 30 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: July 31 at 8:37 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 10 days, 21 hours
CREW SIZE: 5
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 190 statute miles/28.45 degrees

IN WORK TODAY:
Remove ASTRO-2 payload
Post-flight inspections
Preparations to remove main engines
Functional checks of the forward reaction control system
Continue access to aft engine compartment

WORK SCHEDULED:
Remove main engines (April 10)
Remove extended duration orbiter pallet (April 11)

NOTE: The orbiter Columbia is expected to begin its ferry flight from Palmdale, Calif., to KSC on April 11 with an arrival at the Shuttle Landing Facility targeted for mid-day April 12. Columbia has spent the last six months undergoing structural inspections and modifications at the Rockwell facility in Palmdale. Columbia’s next mission is STS-73, a 16-day flight targeted for launch in September.

 

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