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May 23, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19950523
 
 
NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
 
 
MISSION: STS-70 -- TDRS-G

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
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 (9:26 a.m.)
Landing date: June 16 (7:36 a.m.)

STS-70 IN WORK:

Loading of storable hypergolic propellants
(pad cleared for hazardous operations through Thursday)
KSC Launch Readiness Review

STS-70 WORK SCHEDULED:

Ordnance installation (Thursday)
Flight Readiness Review (Friday)
Close payload bay doors (June 5)

STS-70 WORK COMPLETED:

TDRS-G/IUS-26 Interface Verification Test (IVT)
TDRS-G/IUS End-to-End Test
Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (TCDT)

MISSION: STS-71 -- 1st MIR DOCKING

VEHICLE: Atlantis/OV-104
LOCATION: Launch Pad 39-A
The Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (TCDT) is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. on Wednesday and conclude at 11 a.m. on Thursday. The STS-70 astronauts arrived from Houston yesterday afternoon for the test.

Today and tomorrow they are undergoing prerequisite launch safety training. The crew will be aboard Atlantis for the final three hours of the TCDT on Thursday. Initial calibration and alignment of Atlantis' inertial measurement units is being performed today. Work to remove and replace the main engine No. 3 high pressure fuel turbopump continues.

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

VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1
Preparations are underway for installing Spartan into Endeavour's payload bay on Wednesday. Also tomorrow the Wake Shield Facility will be moved from spacecraft checkout Hangar AE to the Vertical Processing Facility to begin compatibility testing. This will verify the payload's readiness to be integrated with Space Shuttle Endeavour after reaching the launch pad. Endeavour's right orbital maneuvering system pod will be removed tonight and transported to the hypergolic maintenance facility in the KSC Industrial Area.

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

VEHICLE: Columbia/OV-102
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 3
The Interface Verification Test of the left-hand orbital maneuvering system pod is underway today. Orbiter electrical system validations are continuing. Routine maintenance of the main propulsion system is being performed.

KSC 24-Hour Weather Summary

Today's minimum temperature: 70 degrees
Yesterday's maximum temperature: 86 degrees
Lowest relative humidity: 58 percent
Peak wind speed/direction: 30 mph/N
Precipitation as of 7 a.m.: 0 inches
Total May precipitation: 2.26 inches
 

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