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May 12, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19950512
 
 
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:
Launch pad validations
Open payload bay doors
Preparations to install TDRS into the orbiter payload bay

WORK COMPLETED:
Hot fire auxiliary power unit no. 2
Roll Shuttle vehicle to Launch Pad 39-B (vehicle was hard-down on the pad at about 12 noon yesterday)

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
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)
Pre-launch hypergolic propellant load (May 22-23)
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:
Pre-launch 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: Replacement auxiliary power units no. 2 and 3 are being connected to the orbiter. Fuel cell no. 3 has been installed and electrical connections are in work. Payload premate testing continues today and preparations are underway to remove the right hand orbital maneuvering system pod next week.

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)
Roll orbiter to Vehicle Assembly Building (June 20)

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 continue today and the main propulsion system is undergoing a leak and functional check. Preparations to install the left hand OMS pod are in work.

 

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