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May 16, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19950516
 
 
NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
 
 
MISSION: STS-70 -- TDRS-G

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
LOCATION: Launch 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 TDRS interface verification test (tonight)
Launch pad validations
Mate orbiter mid-body umbilical unit to vehicle

WORK COMPLETED:
Open payload bay doors
Install TDRS into the orbiter payload bay

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
Crew arrival for Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (9:30 a.m. Wednesday)
Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (Thursday-Friday)
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:
Orbiter hydraulic connections
Preparations for flight readiness tests

WORK COMPLETED:
Pre-launch hypergolic propellant load

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 connected to the orbiter. Fuel cell no. 3 has been installed and a functional check is in work. Preparations are also underway to remove and replace the right hand orbital maneuvering system pod scheduled for later this week. Work to disconnect the pod from the orbiter begins tomorrow.

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
Remove right hand orbital maneuvering system pod (Saturday)
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: The 5th cryogenic tank set has been installed under the payload bay lining and preparations to install the left hand OMS pod tonight are in work.

 

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