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Aug. 24, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19950824
 
 
NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
 
 
MISSION: STS-69 -- WSF-2 & SPARTAN 201-03

VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105
LOCATION: Pad 39A
TARGET LAUNCH DATE/TIME: late August
LAUNCH WINDOW: 2 hours, 30 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: TBD
MISSION DURATION: 10 days, 20 hours, 29 minutes
CREW SIZE: 5
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 230 statute miles/28.45 degrees

NOTE: Work to install the nozzle plugs on the solid rocket boosters was delayed due to high winds associated with Tropical Storm Jerry. Work is scheduled to begin later today as the storm continues to drift to the northwest. Once the plugs are installed a 24-hour cure period will begin. A delta flight readiness review for mission STS-69 is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday to discuss the success of the booster operations and to determine a firm launch date.

IN WORK TODAY:
* Repairs to solid rocket booster nozzles at Pad 39A
* Launch countdown preparations
* Aft engine compartment close-outs

WORK SCHEDULED:
* Ordnance installation and hypergolic fuel pressurization (Saturday)
* Close payload bay doors for flight (Sunday)
* Crew arrival (12:30 p.m. Monday)
* Begin launch countdown (TBD)

MISSION: STS-73 -- U.S. MICROGRAVITY LABORATORY-2

VEHICLE: Columbia/OV-102
LOCATION: Vehicle Assembly Building
TARGET LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Sept. 26 at 9:31 a.m. EDT (under review)
LAUNCH WINDOW: 2 hours, 30 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Oct. 12 at about 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:
* Shuttle interface verification test

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
* Roll out to Pad 39-B (2 a.m. Monday)

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: Today in the Orbiter Processing Facility, efforts are underway to remove and replace three thrusters on the right hand orbital maneuvering system pod. The bay will be cleared for about 48 hours for this hazardous operation. In the Operations and Checkout Building high bay, engineers are conducting an interface verification test dry- run on the Russian Mir-2 Docking Module.

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
* Install space shuttle main engines (Aug. 28-29)
* Install forward reaction control system (Aug. 29)
* Install Orbiter Docking System (Aug. 30)
* Install Russian Mir-2 Docking Module (Sept. 7)

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 Orbiter 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 Sept. 26. Discovery’s next flight, the second mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope, is targeted for launch in early 1997.

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
* Remove orbital maneuvering system pods (Aug. 30)

 

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