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July 21, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19950721
 
 
NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
 
 
MISSION: STS-70 -- TDRS-G
Flight Day 9

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

Discovery, scheduled to land at Kennedy Space Center’s Shuttle Landing Facility today, was waved-off due to fog at KSC and is now scheduled to land on Saturday, July 22. Managers informed the crew of Discovery that the weather at KSC for both opportunities today (7:54 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.) was unacceptable and another try will be made tomorrow. Saturday’s KSC landing opportunities are at 6:26 a.m. and 8:02 a.m. EDT. A landing opportunity is also available at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., at 9:29 a.m. EDT.
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

IN WORK TODAY:
* Wake Shield Facility interface verification test

WORK COMPLETED:
* Terminal countdown demonstration test

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
* Replace valve that services hypergolic reactants in right hand OMS pod (July 23-24)
* Begin orbiter aft engine compartment close-outs (July 25)
* Check-out spacesuits (EMU) for flight (July 27)
* Install ordnance (July 28)
* 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 9:31 a.m. EDT
LAUNCH WINDOW: 2 hours, 30 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Oct. 7 at 7:25 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 15 days, 22 hours
CREW SIZE: 7
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 172 statute miles/39 degrees

IN WORK TODAY:
* Preparations to install spacelab transfer tunnel on Monday
* Repair attach point on right hand orbital maneuvering system pod

WORK COMPLETED:
* Main engine securing
* Pressure check tunnel adapter

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: Next week orbiter windows 5 and 6 will be replaced and the landing gear and tires removed. Also, 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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