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Aug. 1, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19950801
 
 
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: NET Mid-Aug.
LAUNCH WINDOW: 2 hours, 30 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: TDB
MISSION DURATION: 10 days, 20 hours, 29 minutes
CREW SIZE: 5
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 230 statute miles/28.45 degrees

NOTE: NASA managers at KSC have made the decision to roll the Shuttle Endeavour off pad 39-A and return it to the Vehicle Assembly Building as Hurricane Erin approaches the east coast of Florida. Overnight, preparations were made to roll the vehicle back to the VAB as Erin began to strengthen and turn in a more northerly direction. An empty mobile launcher platform was moved out of VAB high bay 1 to make room for Endeavour. A complete solid rocket booster stack, slated for STS-73, is currently in high bay 3.

First motion is expected at about 1 p.m. today. The 5-6 hour trip from pad 39-A to the VAB will be completed well ahead of any potential for damaging high winds and rain.

Endeavour’s launch remains on indefinite hold pending engineering analysis on the solid rocket booster nozzle O-ring seals.

IN WORK TODAY:
* Preparations to roll back to the Vehicle Assembly Building

WORK COMPLETED:
* Mechanical and electrical disconnections

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:
* Close payload bay doors
* Aft engine compartment and orbiter mid-body close-outs

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
* Roll to Vehicle Assembly Building (Aug. 16)

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: Preparations are underway to remove the forward reaction control system Thursday and send it to the Hypergolic Maintenance Facility to replace a valve.

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
* Remove drag chute hardware and 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. The payload bay doors will be closed today as Hurricane Erin approaches. Other work this week includes preparations to remove the forward reaction control system and the main engines.

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

 

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