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May 25, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19950525
 
 
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:
· Pad closed for ordnance installation operations
· Install inertial upper stage (IUS) flight batteries

WORK COMPLETED:
· IUS flight readiness verification
· Launch readiness review
· Pre-launch hypergolic propellant load
· Open payload bay doors

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
· Flight readiness review (May 26)
· Begin orbiter main engine compartment close-outs (May 30)
· Close payload bay doors for flight (June 5)
· Countdown begins (6 a.m. June 5)
· Crew arrival for launch (6 p.m. 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: 5:31 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:
· Leak checks on replaced high pressure fuel turbo pump on main engine no. 3
· Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (T-0 set for 11 a.m.)

WORK COMPLETED:

· Inertial measurement unit calibrations

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
· 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: The right-hand orbital maneuvering system pod has been removed and tonight the replacement pod will be installed. Also, the Spartan payload was installed yesterday. The payload interface verification test is in work today.

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
· Crew equipment interface test (June 2)
· Begin installing space shuttle main engines (June 6)
· 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 is being checked-out following installation on the orbiter. The main propulsion system is being checked for leaks today.

 

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