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April 20, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19950420
 
 
NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
 
 
NOTE: Missions STS-71 and STS-70 are both being targeted for no earlier than launch dates. Options are being protected for each to be the next one launched.

MISSION: STS-71 -- 1st MIR DOCKING

VEHICLE: Atlantis/OV-104
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 3
*TARGET LAUNCH DATE: June 19 (no earlier than)
*APPROX. LAUNCH TIME: 6:43 p.m. EDT
LAUNCH WINDOW: 5 minutes
*KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: June 30 at 2:14 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
* change from earlier status

IN WORK TODAY:
Roll orbiter to Vehicle Assembly Building (first motion was at about
9:20 a.m.)
Preparations to mate orbiter with external tank

WORK COMPLETED:
Crew hatch and forward compartment close-outs
Weight and center of gravity checks

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
Roll Shuttle vehicle to Launch Pad 39-A (April 26)
Hot fire auxiliary power units (April 27)
Main propulsion system helium signature test (May 2)
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:
Secure space shuttle main engines
Orbital maneuvering system check-outs
Aft engine compartment close-outs

WORK COMPLETED:
Landing gear functional checks

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
Close payload bay doors (April 25)
Deliver TDRS to Launch Pad 39-B (May 2)
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 powered-up as work continues to perform functional checks on the left and right hand orbital maneuvering system pods. The main landing gear wheel and tire assemblies have been installed.

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 will remain in the Vehicle Assembly Building until tomorrow when it will be moved into Orbiter Processing Facility bay 3 at about noon. Preparations will then begin for its next mission, STS-73.

 

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