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July 13, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19950713
 
 
NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
 
 
LAUNCH DAY -- Flight Day 1

MISSION: STS-70 -- TDRS-G

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
LOCATION: Orbit
LAUNCH DATE/TIME: July 13 at 9:41.55 a.m. EDT
KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: July 21 at 7:52 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 7 days, 22 hours
CREW SIZE: 5
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 184 statute miles/28.45 degrees

The countdown for launch of Discovery on Mission STS-70 went without serious problem today and Discovery was successfully launched at 9:41.55 a.m. The principle payload, TDRS -- a tracking and data relay satellite -- will be deployed from the orbiter’s payload bay at about 3:54 p.m. EDT today. Discovery is scheduled to land at KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility at 7:52 a.m. July 21.

No serious technical issues were worked by the Shuttle Mission Management Team during the final hours of the countdown. However, the count was held for 55 seconds at the T-31 second mark as engineers worked to verify that the signal from the range safety system was operating properly and capable of being received by the destruct device on the external tank. Following the brief, unscheduled hold the countdown and launch proceeded flawlessly.

The crew for mission STS-70 are: Commander Tom Henricks, Pilot Kevin Kregel, and Mission Specialists Donald Thomas, Nancy Currie and Mary Ellen Weber.

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

VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105
LOCATION: Pad 39-A
TARGET LAUNCH DATE/TIME: August 3 at 10:43 a.m. (no earlier than)
LAUNCH WINDOW: 2 hours, 30 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: August 14 at 7:13 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 10 days, 20 hours
CREW SIZE: 5
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 230 statute miles/28.45 degrees

IN WORK TODAY:
* Preparations for helium signature test

WORK COMPLETED:
* Install payload into orbiter

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
* Helium signature test (July 14)
* Crew arrival for terminal countdown demonstration test (4:30 p.m. July 17)
* Flight readiness review (July 18)
* Terminal countdown demonstration test (July 19 - 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

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
* Install main engines (July 15-16)
* Install right hand orbital maneuvering system pod (July 15)
* Install auxiliary power units (July 22)
* Crew equipment interface test (July 29)

MISSION: STS-74 -- 2nd MIR DOCKING (Docking Module)

VEHICLE: Atlantis/OV-104
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2
TARGET LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Oct. 26 at 2:56 p.m.
LAUNCH WINDOW: 5-7 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Nov. 3 at 10:49 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 8 days
CREW SIZE: 5
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 196-245 statute miles/51.6 degrees

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
* Complete off-load of residual hypergolic reactants (July 18)
* Remove main engines (July 24-25)

 

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