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July 19, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19950719
 
 
NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
 
 
MISSION: STS-70 -- TDRS-G

Flight Day 7

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 7:54 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 7 days, 22 hours, 12 minutes
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 184 statute miles/28.45 degrees

STS-70 mission status reports are issued daily by the Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas.

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 5 at 10:45 a.m. EDT
LAUNCH WINDOW: 2 hours, 30 minutes
* TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: August 16 at 7:14 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 10 days, 20 hours, 29 minutes
CREW SIZE: 5
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 230 statute miles/28.45 degrees

* Change from earlier status

NOTE: Following yesterday’s Flight Readiness Review, mission managers selected Aug. 5 as the official launch date for mission STS-69. Also, a quick disconnect on Endeavour’s right hand orbital maneuvering system pod oxidizer tank leaked during hypergolic reactant loading and will have to be replaced next week. The tank will be drained to perform this work. No impact to the overall schedule is anticipated.

IN WORK TODAY:
* Terminal countdown demonstration test (T-0 set for about 11 a.m. Thursday)

WORK COMPLETED:
* Load hypergolic reactants
* Flight readiness review

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
* Wake Shield Facility interface verification test (Friday)
* Begin orbiter aft engine compartment close-outs (July 24)
* Begin countdown for launch (Aug. 2)

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. EDT
LAUNCH WINDOW: 2 hours, 30 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Oct. 7 at 8:31 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 15 days, 22 hours
CREW SIZE: 7
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 172 statute miles/39 degrees

IN WORK TODAY:
* Main engine securing
* Pressure check tunnel adapter

WORK COMPLETED:
* Payload end-to-end test
* Spacelab horizontal stowage

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
* Crew equipment interface test (July 29)
* Close payload bay doors (Aug. 7)
* Roll to Vehicle Assembly Building (Aug. 18)

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 3:08 p.m. EDT
LAUNCH WINDOW: 7 minutes
ESTIMATED MIR DOCKING DATE/TIME: Oct. 29 at 8:05 a.m. EST
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Nov. 3 at 11:05 a.m. EST
MISSION DURATION: 7 days, 20 hours
CREW SIZE: 5
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 196-245 statute miles/51.6 degrees

NOTE: Work to complete the off-load of residual hypergolic reactants will conclude tonight. Preparations are in work to remove the main engines next week.

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
* Remove main engines (July 24-25)

 

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