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April10, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19950410
 
 
NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
 
 
NOTE: Missions STS-71 and STS-70 are both being targeted for no earlier than launch dates and options are being protected for each to be the next one launched. A more firm decision is expected within the next two weeks.

MISSION: STS-71 -- 1st MIR DOCKING

VEHICLE: Atlantis/OV-104
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 3
TARGET LAUNCH DATE: June 10 (no earlier than)
APPROX. LAUNCH TIME: 10:12 p.m.
LAUNCH WINDOW: 5 minutes
KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: June 21 at 5:41 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 final close-outs
Preparations for crew equipment interface test

WORK COMPLETED:
Crew equipment interface test
Tunnel leak checks
Final flight control checks

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
Final payload bay closure (April 13)
Roll orbiter to Vehicle Assembly Building (April 19)
Roll Shuttle vehicle to Launch Pad 39-A (April 25)

MISSION: STS-70 -- TDRS-G

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2
TARGET LAUNCH DATE: June 8 (no earlier than)
APPROX. LAUNCH TIME: 10:23 a.m.
LAUNCH WINDOW: 2 hours, 30 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: June 16 at 8:33 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 8 days
CREW SIZE: 5
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 184 statute miles/28.45 degrees

IN WORK TODAY:
Auxiliary power unit leak and functional checks
Water spray boiler checks
Solid rocket booster stacking operations in Vehicle Assembly Building
high bay 3

WORK COMPLETED:
Landing gear checks
Waste collection system installation

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
Mate external tank to solid rocket boosters in Vehicle Assembly
Building (Thursday)
Install shuttle main engines (April 17)
Roll orbiter to Vehicle Assembly Building (May 3)
Roll Shuttle vehicle to Launch Pad 39-B (May 11)

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:
Extended duration orbiter pallet demate preparations
Preparations to remove main engines
Functional checks of the forward reaction control system

WORK SCHEDULED:
Remove extended duration orbiter pallet (Wednesday)
Remove main engines (Wednesday)

NOTE: The orbiter Columbia is expected to begin its ferry flight from Palmdale, Calif., to KSC on Tuesday, April 11, with arrival at the Shuttle Landing Facility targeted for late-morning April 12. Columbia is scheduled to make an overnight stop at Ellington Field in Houston, Texas, weather permitting. 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. Upon arrival, Columbia will be stored temporarily in the Vehicle Assembly Building until Atlantis is rolled out of the Orbiter Processing Facility for external tank mating operations.

 

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