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May 17, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19950517
 
 
NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
 
 
MISSION: STS-70 -- TDRS-G

Vehicle: OV-103/Discovery
Mission number: STS-70
Location: Pad 39-B
Primary payload: TDRS-G/IUS-26
Astronauts: 5
Orbital altitude: 184 statute miles
Inclination: 28.45 degrees
Mission Duration: 7 days, 22 hours
Launch date: June 8
Landing date: June 16

STS-70 IN WORK:

· IUS/TDRS Interface Verification Test (IVT)
· Helium signature test of main propulsion system
· Preparations for Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test
· Preparations for loading storable hypergolic propellants
· Flight crew safety training

STS-70 WORK SCHEDULED:

· TDRS-G/IUS-26 End-to-End Test (Tonight)
· Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (May 18-19)
· Storable hypergolic propellant loading (May 22-23)
· Flight Readiness Review (May 26)

MISSION: STS-71 -- 1st MIR DOCKING

VEHICLE: Atlantis/OV-104
LOCATION: Launch Pad 39-A
Engineers are discussing whether a precautionary changeout should be made of the No. 3 main engine high pressure fuel turbopump due to a concern about a weld brazing. Should this decision be made there is ample time to make the changeout without any schedule impact to the June 22 target launch date.

MISSION: STS-69 -- WSF-2 & SPARTAN 201-03

VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1
In the Vehicle Assembly Building, stacking of the solid rocket boosters is continuing. In OPF Bay 1, preparations are continuing for the removal of the right-hand orbital maneuvering system pod. Changeout of the No. 3 fuel cell is complete.

MISSION: STS-73 -- U.S. MICROGRAVITY LABORATORY-2

VEHICLE: Columbia/OV-102
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 3
The left-hand orbital maneuvering system pod has been delivered to the OPF. Preparations are underway for installing it third shift tonight. Electrical checkout of the main propulsion system is complete.

KSC 24-Hour Weather Summary

Today’s minimum temperature: 70 degrees
Yesterday’s maximum temperature: 91 degrees
Lowest relative humidity: 57 percent
Peak wind speed/direction: 22 mph/NE
Precipitation as of 7 a.m.: 0 inches
Total May precipitation: 1.76 inches
 

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