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Aug. 14, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19950814
 
 
NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
 
 
MISSION: STS-69 -- WSF-2 & SPARTAN 201-03

Vehicle: OV-105/Endeavour
Mission number: STS-69
Location: Pad 39-A
Primary payload: Wake Shield Facility/Spartan 201-3
Astronauts: 5
Orbital altitude: 230 statute miles
Inclination: 28.45 degrees
Mission Duration: 10 days, 20 hours, 29 minutes
Launch date: late August
Landing date: TBD

STS-69 IN WORK:

· aft main engine compartment closeouts

STS-69 WORK SCHEDULED:

· solid rocket booster confidence work (Wednesday night or Thursday)

STS-69 WORK COMPLETED:

· removal of solid rocket booster thermal curtains and insulation
· solid rocket booster nozzle environmental conditioning

Columbia/OV-102 (STS-73) U.S. Microgravity Laboratory-2
OPF Bay 3

Main engine No. 2 has been removed. The replacement engine, which will not have a block one liquid oxygen pump, will be installed tonight. A test of the orbiter’s flight controls was completed last night. The payload bay doors were closed for flight at 2:15 p.m. on Friday afternoon. Rollover to the Vehicle Assembly Building is planned for Monday, Aug. 21.

Atlantis/OV-104 (STS-74) Russian Docking Module
OPF Bay 2

The MIR-2 Docking Module was transferred to NASA today now that processing by the Russians in the Space Station Processing Facility is complete. It will be placed into the payload canister on Wednesday and transported to the Operations and Checkout Building on Thursday. There, Space Shuttle compatibility testing and other readiness checks will be performed. The docking module arrived at KSC on June 7 aboard a Russian air cargo plane.

In the Orbiter Processing Facility, reconfiguring Atlantis payload bay and the aft flight deck for the MIR-2 docking module is continuing. In the Vehicle Assembly Building, electrical modifications to the orbiter docking system are continuing. Stacking of the left solid rocket booster is scheduled to begin tonight. The STS-74 astronauts were at KSC over the weekend to participate in some of the processing activities and to conduct equipment tests.

Discovery/OV-103 (ferry flight preparations)
OPF Bay 1

The three main engines have been removed. Operations to remove and replace the No. 3 fuel cell continues. Further hypergolic deservicing is overnight. The ferry flight to Palmdale is planned for on or about Oct. 1.

KSC 24-Hour Weather Summary
Shuttle Landing Facility
Today’s minimum temperature: 75 degrees
Yesterday’s maximum temperature: 91 degrees
Lowest relative humidity: 60 per cent
Peak wind speed/direction: 13 mph/NNE
Precipitation as of 7 a.m.: 0
Total monthly precipitation: 2.55 inches
Barometric pressure at 7 a.m.: 29.94 inches

 

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