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Aug. 17, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19950817
 
 
NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
 
 
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 repair and confidence work (Friday)

STS-69 WORK COMPLETED:

· Reinstallation of solid rocket booster thermal curtains

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

Inflating the tires to flight pressure continues today. Heat shield installation around main engine No. 2 also continues. Orbiter power-down in preparation for rollover is planned to occur today. The weight and center of gravity determination is scheduled to begin tonight. Tile water proofing and installation of Columbia onto the orbiter transporter will occur this weekend. 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 installation is complete. Mid-body closeouts are continuing. 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, mechanical testing of the orbiter docking system is scheduled to begin on Friday. Stacking of the left forward center solid rocket booster segment is now scheduled for tonight. Repairs to the STS-74 solid rocket booster nozzle joints will also be made at the launch pad.

The Russian MIR-2 Docking Module is being transported from the Space Station Processing Facility to the Operations and Checkout Building today. It will be installed into the electrical test stand on Friday.

Discovery/OV-103
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: 90 degrees
Lowest relative humidity: 59 percent
Peak wind speed/direction: 18 mph/N
Precipitation as of 7 a.m.: 0
Total monthly precipitation: 2.55 inches
Barometric pressure at 7 a.m.: 29.92 inches

 

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