Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
Aug. 16, 1995
NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
Mission number: STS-69
Location: Pad 39-A
Primary payload: Wake Shield Facility/Spartan 201-3
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 repair and confidence work (Friday)
STS-69 WORK COMPLETED:
· Replacement of Range Safety System batteries with fresh batteries
ISSUES AND CONCERNS: NASA managers and engineers have decided that another day will be necessary to finalize procedures to be used in the solid rocket booster nozzle repair and requalification work at the pad.
Columbia/OV-102 (STS-73) U.S. Microgravity Laboratory-2
OPF Bay 3
Removal and replacement of Main engine No. 2 has been completed. Leak checks of the engine are underway and the heat shields are being installed around the engine. The functional test of the Inertial Measurement Units is continuing. The tires are being inflated to flight pressure today. The crew compartment closeouts are in work after which the crew access hatch will be closed. The weight and center of gravity determinations will be performed this weekend and the vehicle will be installed on the orbiter transporter.
Rollover of Columbia is currently targeted for Monday, August 21 at 9 a.m. Rollout to Pad 39-B is scheduled for Aug. 28. The Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test is tentatively planned for a T-0 at 11 a.m. on Sept. 1. Repairs to the STS-73 solid rocket boosters will be made at the launch pad.
Atlantis/OV-104 (STS-74) Russian Docking Module
OPF Bay 2
The remote manipulator arm is being installed today. Midbody closeouts are also in work. The functional test of the orbital maneuvering system and the auxiliary power units continue. Reaction control system testing is scheduled to begin next week.
In the Vehicle Assembly Building, electrical testing of the orbiter docking system is beginning today. Stacking of the left aft center solid rocket booster segment was completed yesterday and the left forward center segment is being stacked today. Repairs to the STS-74 solid rocket booster nozzle joints will be made at the launch pad.
In the Space Station Processing Facility, the Russian MIR-2 Docking Module is being installed into the payload canister today in preparation for transportation to the Operations and Checkout Building tomorrow.
OPF Bay 1
Work continues to deconfigure and deservice Discovery in preparation for the ferry flight to Palmdale which is planned to begin on or about Oct. 1.
KSC 24-Hour Weather Summary
Shuttle Landing Facility
Today’s minimum temperature: 72 degrees
Yesterday’s maximum temperature: 92 degrees
Lowest relative humidity: 68 percent
Peak wind speed/direction: 22 mph/N
Precipitation as of 7 a.m.: 0
Total monthly precipitation: 2.55 inches
Barometric pressure at 7 a.m.: 29.86 inches
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