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May 11, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19950511
 
 
NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
 
 
MISSION: STS-70 -- TDRS-G

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
LOCATION: Pad 39-B
TARGET LAUNCH DATE: June 8
* LAUNCH TIME: 10:20 a.m. EDT (9:01 a.m. for 5 day mission)
LAUNCH WINDOW: 2 hours, 30 minutes
* TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: June 16 at 8:18 a.m. (June 13 for 5 day flight)
* 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
* NOTE: STS-70 launch time and mission duration will be determined by the Mission Management Team and based on the STS-71 launch date.

IN WORK TODAY:
· Preparations for auxiliary power unit no. 2 hot fire
· Launch pad validations

WORK COMPLETED:
· Roll Shuttle vehicle to Launch Pad 39-B (first motion occurred at 2:37 a.m. today)
· TDRS fueling operations at Launch Pad 39-B’s payload change-out room

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
· 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 22 (no earlier than)
* APPROX. LAUNCH TIME: 5:32 p.m. EDT
LAUNCH WINDOW: 5 minutes
* TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: July 3 at 1 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:
· Prelaunch hypergolic propellant load

WORK COMPLETED:
· Thermal curtain installation on solid rocket boosters

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
· Space shuttle main engine flight readiness test (May 17-18)
· Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (May 24-25)
· Flight readiness review (June 2)

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: Auxiliary power units no. 2 and 3 are being removed and replaced as is fuel cell no. 3. Payload premate testing will continue today and preparations are underway to remove the right hand orbital maneuvering system pod next week. Due to un-scheduled OMS pod work, roll to the VAB will occur on June 20, about five days later than originally scheduled. No impact to the launch date is expected.

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
· Remove right hand orbital maneuvering system pod (May 20)
· Install replacement orbital maneuvering system pod (May 23)
· Crew equipment interface test (June 2)

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. Operations to install the 5th cryogenic tank set under the payload bay lining are in work today and the main propulsion system is undergoing a leak and functional check.

 

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