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Sept. 8, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19950908
 
 
NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
 
 
MISSION: STS-69 -- WSF-2 & SPARTAN 201-03

Flight Day 2

VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105
LOCATION: Orbit
LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Sept. 7 at 11:09 a.m. EDT
KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Sept. 18 at 7:38 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 10 days, 20 hours, 29 minutes
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 230 statute miles/28.45 degrees

The Spartan-201 payload was deployed from Endeavour today at about 11:41 a.m. EDT. It will be retrieved on Sunday. Wake Shield Facility will be deployed on Monday and retrieved on Wednesday. The scheduled spacewalk remains set for early next Saturday, Sept. 16. Endeavour is scheduled to land at 7:38 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 18 at KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility.

Both boosters will be returned to Hangar AF today. This weekend the nozzles will be removed and readied for shipping to Utah on Tuesday for post-flight inspections.

The crew for mission STS-69 are: Commander David Walker, Pilot Ken Cockrell, and Mission Specialists James Voss, James Newman and Michael Gernhardt.

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

VEHICLE: Columbia/OV-102
LOCATION: Pad 39B
TARGET LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Sept. 28 at 9:34 a.m. EDT
LAUNCH WINDOW: 2 hours, 30 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Oct. 14 at 7:28 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 15 days, 22 hours
CREW SIZE: 7
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 172 statute miles/39 degrees

IN WORK TODAY:
* Preparations for hypergolic loading operations
* Main engine flight readiness test

WORK COMPLETED:
* Booster nozzle repairs

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
* Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (Monday/Tuesday)
* Helium signature test (Monday)
* Prelaunch propellant load (Wednesday/Thursday)
* Hot fire auxiliary power units 1,2,3 (Friday)

MISSION: STS-74 -- 2nd MIR DOCKING (Docking Module)

VEHICLE: Atlantis/OV-104
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2
TARGET LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Nov. 2 at 11:25 a.m. EST
LAUNCH WINDOW: 9 minutes, 14 seconds
TARGET MIR DOCKING DATE: Nov. 5
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Nov. 10 at 8:30 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 7 days, 21 hours
CREW SIZE: 5
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 196-245 statute miles/51.6 degrees

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
* Install Russian Mir-2 Docking Module (Monday)
* Mate external tank with solid rocket boosters (Monday/Tuesday)
* Crew equipment integration test (Sept. 16)
* Final payload bay door closure (Sept. 22)
* Roll to Vehicle Assembly Building (Oct. 2)

DISCOVERY/OV-103 -- Pre-Orbiter 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):
* Final payload bay door closure (Sept. 12)
* Install protective tail cone (Sept. 20)

 

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