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May 5, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19950505
 
 
NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
 
 
MISSION: STS-70 -- TDRS-G

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
LOCATION: Vehicle Assembly Building
TARGET LAUNCH DATE: June 8
LAUNCH TIME: 9:01 a.m. EDT
LAUNCH WINDOW: 2 hours, 30 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: June 16 at 8:18 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 7 days, 22 hours (with option to shorten to 5 days)

CREW SIZE: 5
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 184 statute miles/28.45 degrees

IN WORK TODAY:
Preparations for Shuttle interface verification tests
Orbiter/external tank electrical mates

WORK COMPLETED:
Lift and mate with external tank
Move orbiter to Vehicle Assembly Building
KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
Roll Shuttle vehicle to Launch Pad 39-B (May 11)
Hot fire auxiliary power unit no. 2 (May 12)
Install TDRS into orbiter payload bay (May 13)
Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (May 18-19)
Flight readiness review (May 26)

MISSION: STS-71 -- 1st MIR DOCKING

VEHICLE: Atlantis/OV-104
LOCATION: Launch Pad 39-A
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

IN WORK TODAY:
Preparations for hypergolic fueling operations

WORK COMPLETED:
Main propulsion system helium signature test
Hydraulic system close-outs

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
Prelaunch hypergolic propellant load (May 10-11)
Space shuttle main engine flight readiness test (May 17-18)
Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (May 24-25)

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 10:30 a.m.
LAUNCH WINDOW: 2 hours, 30 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: July 31 at 7:15 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. The bay will be closed through the weekend for hazardous operations to service the auxiliary power units. Payload premate testing is set to begin Monday. SRB stacking operations are starting this week in the VAB.

CONCERN: At about 8 p.m. yesterday, while technicians were working on disconnecting a thruster on Endeavour’s right hand orbital maneuvering system pod in Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1, a small fire resulted which was rapidly extinguished. There was no injury to personnel, who were in SCAPE suits, and only minor damage in the area of the fire.

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

VEHICLE: Columbia/OV-102
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 3
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: Columbia is powered-up and the payload bay doors are open. Preparations to install the 5th cryogenic tank set are underway and the main propulsion system is being configured for a scheduled system test.

 

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