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June 2, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19950602
 
 
NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
 
 
MISSION: STS-70 -- TDRS-G

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
LOCATION: Launch Pad 39-B
LAUNCH DATE: TBD
LAUNCH TIME: TBD
LAUNCH WINDOW: 2 hours, 30 minutes
KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: TBD
MISSION DURATION: 7 days, 22 hours, 10 minutes
CREW SIZE: 5
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 184 statute miles/28.45 degrees

NOTE: Workers at Launch Pad 39-B continue to gain access to the higher reaches of the STS-70 external tank in an effort to repair holes caused by Northern Flicker Woodpeckers. Technicians continued damage assessments overnight and have counted up to 135 holes in the external tank's thermal protection foam insulation. The size of these holes vary and are up to four inches in diameter. So far, about 20 holes on the lower parts of the external tank have been repaired. It was determined that another 38 holes on the "intertank" portion of the external tank need not be repaired. (The intertank area represents a portion of the tank not subjected to extremely low temperatures during fueling operations.)

Today, a 250-foot crane with a long boom attachment is in place on the pad surface. The crane is being secured and man-rated for repair work to begin this afternoon. Additional smaller cranes continue to be used for the lower areas of the tank. As managers continue to assess damage to the external tank of STS-70, the Mission Management Team is meeting at Kennedy Space Center for the STS-71 Flight Readiness Review. Following the meeting late this afternoon, the team will discuss launch scenarios for STS-70. Current estimates based on the time required to perform the necessary repairs indicate at least a one or two day delay from the previously scheduled June 8 launch date.

IN WORK TODAY:
Repairs to external tank foam insulation
Aft engine compartment close-outs
Countdown preparations

WORK COMPLETED:
Install and check-out contingency spacesuits

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
Close payload bay doors for flight (June 5)
Countdown begins (TBD)
Crew arrival for launch (TBD)

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:
Flight readiness review (June 2)
Main engine flight readiness test

WORK COMPLETED:
Heatshield installation

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
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 today. Also, the crew equipment interface test is scheduled to begin later today. In the VAB, the external tank has been mated to the solid rocket boosters and electrical connections are being checked.

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
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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