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May 9, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19950509
 
 
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 rollout to Launch Pad 39-B
· TDRS fueling operations at Launch Pad 39-B's payload changeout room

WORK COMPLETED:
· Shuttle interface verification tests
· Orbiter/external tank electrical mates

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
· Roll Shuttle vehicle to Launch Pad 39-B (first motion set for 3:30
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. Auxiliary power units no. 2 and 3 are being removed and fuel cell no. 3 is being checked-out. Payload premate testing is underway today. Preparations are also underway to remove the right hand orbital maneuvering system pod next week. SRB stacking operations are in work in the VAB.

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. Orbiter electrical checks are underway and operations to install the 5th cryogenic tank set is in work today. Also, the main propulsion system is being configured for a systems test.

 

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