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June 15, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19950615
 
 
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

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

IN WORK TODAY:
* Aft engine compartment close-outs
* Countdown preparations

WORK COMPLETED:
* Ordnance operations

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
* Complete aft engine compartment close-outs (June 16)
* Begin countdown (TBD)
* Crew arrival (TBD)

MISSION: STS-70 -- TDRS-G

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
LOCATION: Pad 39-B
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 has been completed. The vehicle was moved back to pad 39-B early this morning.

IN WORK TODAY:
* Pad validations
* Open payload bay doors
* Remove protective covers from TDRS solar panels
* Install Inertial Upper Stage guidance and navigation unit

WORK COMPLETED:
* Preparations for and rollout to pad 39-B (first motion from VAB was at 11:16 p.m.)
* External tank foam insulation repairs

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
* Install TDRS satellite into orbiter (Friday)
* TDRS interface verification testing (June 19)
* Space Shuttle main engine flight readiness test (June 26)

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: Close-outs of the orbiter’s mid-body and aft engine compartment continue today. The payload bay doors will be closed tonight.

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
* 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 forward reaction control system has been installed on the orbiter. The interface verification test continues today.

 

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