Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
Sept. 1, 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: Sept. 7 11:09 a.m. EDT
Landing date: Sept. 18 7:38 a.m. EDT
STS-69 IN WORK:
· remove and replace fuel cell No. 2
STS-69 WORK SCHEDULED:
· fuel cell re-test (Saturday)
· fuel cell and payload bay closeouts (Saturday)
· close payload bay doors (Sunday)
· astronaut arrival (Tuesday 4:30 p.m.)
STS-69 WORK COMPLETED:
· offloading of cryogenic reactants
· open payload bay doors
· removal of payload bay liners
ISSUES AND CONCERNS: A decision has been made to begin the countdown eight hours earlier than initially planned to reduce the compression of countdown activities. The vehicle will be powered on at T-43 hours and the clock will start an hour later at 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 4 at the T-42 hour mark.
Columbia/OV-102 (STS-73) U.S. Microgravity Laboratory-2
The confidence repair to Columbia’s solid rocket boosters at Pad 39-B is on schedule. Removal of the RTV thermal putty from the left booster is in work today and will be finished tonight. Removal of RTV from the right booster is complete. Backfilling with new material will begin on Saturday. The repair work is scheduled to be completed with the nozzle plugs installed next Wednesday.
Atlantis/OV-104 (STS-74) Russian MIR-2 Docking Module
OPF Bay 2
Main engine installation is in work. Main engines No. 1 and No. 3 have been installed and No. 2 is proceeding today. Mid-body closeouts are continuing. The interface verification test of the forward reaction control system is continuing.
In the Vehicle Assembly Building, stacking of the right solid rocket booster is in work. Closeouts of the orbiter docking system are underway. It will be transferred to the Orbiter Processing Facility on Tuesday. In the Operations and Checkout Building, the Cargo Integration Test Equipment (CITE) testing to the Russian MIR-2 Docking Module has been completed. Preparations are underway for installating the module into the payload canister on Sept. 7. It will be moved to the Orbiter Processing Facility and installed into the payload bay of Atlantis on Sept. 11.
OPF Bay 1
Work continues to deconfigure and deservice Discovery in preparation for the ferry flight to Palmdale. Discovery will be towed to the Shuttle Landing Facility on Sept. 25 for mating to the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft. The ferry flight is scheduled to begin on Sept. 26.
KSC 24-Hour Weather Summary
Shuttle Landing Facility
Today’s minimum temperature: 78 degrees
Yesterday’s maximum temperature: 85 degrees
Lowest relative humidity: 80 percent
Peak wind speed/direction: 28 mph/SE
Precipitation as of 7 a.m.: .67 inches
Total monthly precipitation: 12.40 inches
Barometric pressure at 7 a.m.: 29.86 inches
NOTE: No further status reports will be issued until Tuesday, Sept. 5.
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