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May 22, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19950522
 
 
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: 9:26 a.m. EDT
LAUNCH WINDOW: 2 hours, 30 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: June 16 at 7:36 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
* NOTE: The STS-70 mission duration will be determined by the Mission Management Team.

IN WORK TODAY:
Close payload bay doors
Pre-launch hypergolic propellant load

WORK COMPLETED:
Payload end-to-end test and interface verification test
Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
Launch readiness review (May 23)
Flight readiness review (May 26)
Begin orbiter main engine compartment close-outs (May 30)
Close payload bay doors for flight (June 5)
Countdown begins (June 5)

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

IN WORK TODAY:
Remove and replace high pressure fuel turbo pump on main engine no. 3
Connect orbiter mid-body umbilical unit to vehicle
Crew arrival for Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (5:30 p.m.)

WORK COMPLETED:
Pre-launch hypergolic propellant load

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (May 24-25)
Space Shuttle main engine flight readiness test (May 30)
Flight readiness review (June 2)
Begin orbiter engine compartment close-outs (June 6)

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: Work is underway to remove and replace the right-hand orbital maneuvering system pod. Removal is set for tomorrow night. Also, the Spartan payload will be installed this week.

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
Remove right hand orbital maneuvering system pod (May 23)
Install Spartan payload into orbiter payload bay (May 24)
Install replacement orbital maneuvering system pod (May 25)
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 left hand orbital maneuvering system pod has been installed on the orbiter.
 

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