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July 17, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19950717
 
 
NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
 
 
MISSION: STS-70 -- TDRS-G

Flight Day 5

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
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 184 statute miles/28.45 degrees

Tropical Storm Chantal has veered north and is not expected to threaten Florida or impact Discovery’s plans to land at KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility at 7:52 a.m. July 21.

The solid rocket boosters are at Hangar AF where disassembly and post-flight inspects are underway.

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, 21 hours
CREW SIZE: 5
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 230 statute miles/28.45 degrees

IN WORK TODAY:
* Load hypergolic reactants

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
* Crew arrival for terminal countdown demonstration test (7:30 p.m. Monday)
* Flight readiness review (Tuesday)
* Terminal countdown demonstration test (Wednesday-Thursday)
* Wake Shield Facility interface verification test (Friday)
* Begin orbiter aft engine compartment close-outs (July 24)
* Begin countdown for launch (July 31)

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

IN WORK TODAY:
* Payload end-to-end test

WORK COMPLETED:
* Payload interface verification test
* Install and leak check tunnel adapter
* Install main engines
* Install right hand orbital maneuvering system pod

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
* 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

NOTE: The spacelab has been removed. Preparations are in work today to remove the main engines next week.

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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