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June 13, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19950613
 
 
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 23 (no earlier than)
* APPROX. LAUNCH TIME: 5:08 p.m. EDT
LAUNCH WINDOW: 7 minutes
* TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: July 4 at 12:37 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
* change from earlier status

NOTE: Mission managers plan to select an official launch date for Atlantis later this week following a key spacewalk by Russian cosmonauts to inspect a set of solar arrays on the Mir space station. Launch at this time is planned for no earlier than June 23.

IN WORK TODAY:
* Aft engine compartment close-outs
* Check-out contingency spacesuits
* Close-out orbiter airlock
* Countdown preparations

WORK COMPLETED:
* Install contingency spacesuits into orbiter

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
* Ordnance operations (June 14)
* Complete aft engine compartment close-outs (June 16)

MISSION: STS-70 -- TDRS-G

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
LOCATION: Vehicle Assembly Building high bay 3
LAUNCH DATE/TIME: July 13 at 9:41 a.m.
LAUNCH WINDOW: 2 hours, 30 minutes
KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: July 21 at 7:51 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 7 days, 22 hours
CREW SIZE: 5
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 184 statute miles/28.45 degrees

NOTE: Work in the VAB to repair holes in the external tank’s foam insulation continues with most of the repair work scheduled to be completed today. The vehicle is set to be moved back to pad 39B early Thursday morning.

IN WORK TODAY:
* External tank foam insulation repairs

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
* Return vehicle to pad 39-B (12:01 a.m. Thursday)

MISSION: STS-69 -- WSF-2 & SPARTAN 201-03

VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1
TARGET LAUNCH DATE/TIME: July 30 at 10:40 a.m.
LAUNCH WINDOW: 2 hours, 30 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: August 10 at 7:10 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 10 days, 20 hours
CREW SIZE: 5
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 230 statute miles/28.45 degrees

NOTE: Work to install the Space Shuttle main engines is complete. Securing operations are in work this week.

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
* Close payload bay doors for move to Vehicle Assembly Building (June 15)
* Roll orbiter to Vehicle Assembly Building (June 26)

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: The extended duration orbiter (EDO) pallet has been installed into the orbiter’s payload bay. The forward reaction control system will be installed on the orbiter today.

 

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