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July 27, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19950727
 
 
NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
 
 
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:
* Orbiter aft engine compartment close-outs
* Stowage of flight crew equipment
* Check-out spacesuits (EMU) for flight
* Charge Wake Shield Facility batteries

WORK COMPLETED:
* Install spacesuits into orbiter airlock

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
* Close payload bay doors for flight (Friday)
* Install ordnance (delayed to Sunday due to delay of Atlas launch from CCAS)
* Crew arrival (12:30 p.m. Aug. 2)
* Begin countdown for launch (3 p.m. 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:
* Install main engine heatshields

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
* Crew equipment interface test (July 29)
* Close payload bay doors (Aug. 4)
* 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: The fuel cells have been tested and preparations are underway to remove from the vehicle the forward reaction control system and send it to the Hypergolic Maintenance Facility to replace a valve that failed during a functional test this week.

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
* Remove drag chute hardware (Aug. 1)
* Remove forward reaction control system (Aug. 1)
* Install robotic arm (Aug. 2)

DISCOVERY/OV-103 -- Pre-Orbital Maintenance Down Period

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1
TARGET DATE OF DEPARTURE FOR PALMDALE FOR OMDP: Sept. 26

NOTE: Discovery is scheduled to be delivered to Palmdale, Calif., for a nine-month Orbital Maintenance Down Period (OMDP). During this time, the vehicle will be outfitted with a 5th set of cryogenic tanks and an external airlock to support missions to the international Space Station. Discovery is scheduled to depart Kennedy Space Center via the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft on or about Sept. 26. Discovery’s next flight, the second mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope, is targeted for launch in early 1997. This week, post-flight servicing will continue in OPF bay 1. Preparations are underway to remove the forward reaction control system and the space shuttle main engines.

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
* Remove IUS payload hardware (July 28)
* Remove forward reaction control system (Aug. 9)
* Remove space shuttle main engines (Aug. 10)

 

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