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June 1, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19950601
 
 
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

NOTE: Managers continue to assess damage to the external tank of STS-70 caused by Northern Flicker Woodpeckers. As many as 78 holes up to four inches in diameter have been counted in the ET’s thermal protection foam insulation. Overnight, workers moved several cranes out to the launch pad to reach the damaged areas of the tank. Repairs are in work today on the more easily accessible locations. A 250-foot crane with a long boom attachment will be in place on the pad surface tomorrow to allow access to the higher areas of the tank. Managers will discuss today a timeline required for work to be completed. Current estimates indicate a one or two day delay is possible, based on the time required to perform the necessary repairs.

IN WORK TODAY:
· Repairs to external tank foam insulation
· Aft engine compartment close-outs
· Countdown preparations
· Install and check-out contingency spacesuits

WORK COMPLETED:
· Ordnance installation operations (part 1)

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
· 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 2 at 1:14 p.m.
MISSION DURATION: 10 days (+1 day)
CREW SIZE: 7 up, 8 down
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 196-245 statute miles/51.60 degrees

IN WORK TODAY:
· Heatshield installation
· Main engine flight readiness test

WORK COMPLETED:
· Helium signature test
· Inertial measurement unit calibrations

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
· 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 10:33 a.m.
LAUNCH WINDOW: 2 hours, 30 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: July 31 at 7:02 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 10 days, 20 hours
CREW SIZE: 5
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 230 statute miles/28.45 degrees

NOTE: Preparations are in work to install the space shuttle main engines beginning on Friday. In the VAB, the external tank has been mated to the solid rocket boosters and electrical connections are being made 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: 172 statute miles/39 degrees

NOTE: Today, fuel cells no. 2 and 3 will be installed into the orbiter. The extended duration orbiter (EDO) pallet is being prepared for installation tomorrow.

 

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