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June 5, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19950605
 
 
NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
 
 
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

NOTE: Following the Flight Readiness Review last Friday, mission managers decided not to select an official launch date due to ongoing work aboard the Mir space station that needs to be completed prior to Atlantis' arrival. The launch team at the Kennedy Space Center will continue vehicle processing work so that Atlantis will be ready for launch anytime on or after June 22. An official launch date is expected to be announced in about one week.

IN WORK TODAY:
· Flight control tests

WORK COMPLETED:
· Flight readiness review
· Main engine flight readiness test
· Heatshield installation

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
· Begin orbiter engine compartment close-outs (June 7)


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 will begin today to prepare the Shuttle Discovery for rollback to the Vehicle Assembly Building following Friday’s decision by mission managers to repair in the VAB damage done by woodpeckers in the foam insulation of the external tank. Mission managers concluded that repairs on the external tank should be done in the VAB due to difficulties in accessing the damaged areas with the vehicle at the pad.

This week, rollback preparations will include: disconnect the TDRS payload from the orbiter’s payload bay today, remove the payload and place it in the pad’s payload change-out room on Wednesday, depressurize the hypergolic system on Wednesday, disconnect ordnance on Thursday, retract the rotating service structure on Thursday, and begin rollback at about 4 a.m. on Friday. It is estimated that about a week will be needed to repair the remaining 80 woodpeckers holes once access is gained to the external tank in the VAB.

This week, managers will be discussing possible dates to reschedule mission STS-70, which will follow mission STS-71.

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 Wednesday. Also, the crew equipment interface test was finished Friday with no serious concerns brought forth. Due to previous delays associated with removing and replacing the orbital maneuvering system pod, it is believed that roll to the Vehicle Assembly Building will be delayed 3 to 6 days.

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only): · Roll orbiter to Vehicle Assembly Building (the week of 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: Fuel cells no. 2 and 3 have been installed into the orbiter. The extended duration orbiter (EDO) pallet is being prepared for installation on Friday.

 

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