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May 8, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19950508
 
 
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:
· Shuttle interface verification tests
· TDRS fueling operations at Launch Pad 39-B

WORK COMPLETED:
· Orbiter/external tank electrical mates
· Lift and mate with external tank

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
· Roll Shuttle vehicle to Launch Pad 39-B (4 a.m. Thursday)
· Hot fire auxiliary power unit no. 2 (May 12)
· Install TDRS into orbiter payload bay (May 13)
· TDRS interface verification test and end-to-end test (May 15-18)
· 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 prelaunch propellant loading operations
· Thermal curtain installation on solid rocket boosters

WORK COMPLETED:
· Main propulsion system helium signature test

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 OPF has been re-opened following hazardous operations to service the auxiliary power units and remove a thruster. Payload premate testing is underway today. SRB stacking operations are in work in the VAB.

CONCERN: An investigation board has been named by Center Director Jay Honeycutt to look into the circumstances surrounding the May 4, 1995 incident which caused a brief fire to occur on Endeavour's right hand orbital maneuvering system pod. No injuries resulted from the fire, which was quickly extinguished and only minor damage to the vehicle was evident.

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. Work to install the 5th cryogenic tank set is underway today. Also, the main propulsion system is being configured for a systems test.

 

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