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April 17, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19950417
 
 
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 later this month.

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:
Close payload bay doors
Final payload bay cleaning and inspections
Preparations for move to Vehicle Assembly Building

WORK COMPLETED:
Spacelab final close-outs
Aft engine compartment close-outs
Complete crew cabin, Orbiter Docking System and Spacelab leak checks

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
Roll orbiter to Vehicle Assembly Building (4 p.m. Wednesday)
Roll Shuttle vehicle to Launch Pad 39-A (April 26)
Hot fire auxiliary power units (April 27)
Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (May 16-17)

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: 10:20 a.m.
LAUNCH WINDOW: 2 hours, 30 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: June 16 at 8:33 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 7 days, 22 hours
CREW SIZE: 5
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 184 statute miles/28.45 degrees

IN WORK TODAY:
Install shuttle main engines
Water spray boiler servicing and check-out

WORK COMPLETED:
Crew equipment interface test
Remove and replace window no. 4
Auxiliary power unit leak and functional checks
Mate external tank to solid rocket boosters in Vehicle Assembly
Building high bay 3

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
Close payload bay doors (April 25)
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/TIME: July 20 at 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
NOTE: Endeavour is being powered-up this morning as work to complete the installation of fuel cell no. 2 continues. Preparations also continue to perform functional checks on the left and right hand orbital maneuvering system pods.

MISSION: STS-73 -- U.S. MICROGRAVITY LABORATORY-2

VEHICLE: Columbia/OV-102
LOCATION: Vehicle Assembly Building bay 2
TARGET LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Sept. 21 at 10:37 a.m.
LAUNCH WINDOW: 2 hours, 30 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Oct. 7 at 8:31 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 16 days
CREW SIZE: 7
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 167 statute miles/39 degrees

NOTE: The orbiter Columbia arrived at KSC at 11:52 a.m. Friday and operations commenced to demate the vehicle from the modified 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft. The vehicle was then towed to the Vehicle Assembly Building at 6:30 a.m. Saturday where it will remain in week, Columbia will be moved into Orbiter Processing Facility bay 3 where preparations will begin for it’s next mission, STS-73.

 

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