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May 30, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19950530
 
 
NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
 
 
MISSION: STS-70 -- TDRS-G

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
LOCATION: Launch Pad 39-B
LAUNCH DATE: June 8
LAUNCH TIME: 9:26 a.m. EDT
LAUNCH WINDOW: 2 hours, 30 minutes
KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: June 16 at 7:36 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 7 days, 22 hours, 10 minutes
CREW SIZE: 5
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 184 statute miles/28.45 degrees

IN WORK TODAY:
· Aft engine compartment close-outs
· Countdown preparations
· TDRS battery charging operations

WORK COMPLETED:
· Flight readiness review
· Inertial measurement unit calibrations
· Ordnance installation operations (part 1)

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
· Install and check-out contingency spacesuits (June 1)
· 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:
· Preparations for helium signature test

WORK COMPLETED:
· Leak checks on the high pressure fuel turbo pump on main engine no. 3
· Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test
· Inertial measurement unit calibrations

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
· Space Shuttle main engine flight readiness test (June 1)
· 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: 230 statute miles/28.45 degrees

NOTE: The right-hand orbital maneuvering system pod is being connected to the orbiter today. In the VAB, preparations are in work to mate the external tank with the solid rocket boosters tomorrow.

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
· Mate external tank with solid rocket boosters in the VAB (May 31)
· 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: 172 statute miles/39 degrees

NOTE: Today, fuel cells no. 2 and 3 are being prepared for installation into the orbiter.

 

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