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Sept. 19, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19950919
 
 
NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
 
 
MISSION: STS-73 -- U.S. MICROGRAVITY LABORATORY-2

VEHICLE: Columbia/OV-102
LOCATION: Pad 39B
TARGET LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Sept. 28 at 9:35 a.m. EDT
LAUNCH WINDOW: 2 hours, 30 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Oct. 14 at 7:29 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 15 days, 21 hours, 54 minutes
CREW SIZE: 7
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 172 statute miles/39 degrees

IN WORK TODAY:
* Aft engine compartment close-outs
* Begin ordnance operations

WORK COMPLETED:
* Prelaunch propellant load
* Auxiliary power unit hot fire

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
* Hypergolic fuel pressurization (Wednesday)
* Functional check-out of contingency spacesuits (Thursday)
* Begin countdown (4 a.m. Monday)
* STS-73 crew arrival at KSC (7 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: 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):
* Final payload bay door closure (Sept. 26)
* Roll to Vehicle Assembly Building (Oct. 2)
* Move to Pad 39A (Oct. 9)

UP MISSION: STS-72 -- SFU-Retrieval & OAST-Flyer
DOWN MISSION: STS-69 -- WSF-2 & SPARTAN 201-03

VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 3
STS-72 TARGET LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Jan. 11 at 5:04 a.m. EST
STS-72 TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Jan. 21 at 3:14 a.m.
STS-72 MISSION DURATION: 9 days, 22 hours, 11 minutes
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 184 statute miles/28.45 degrees

Yesterday, Endeavour landed at Kennedy Space Center’s Shuttle Landing Facility runway 33 on orbit 171. Touchdown times are as follows:

STS-69 LANDING MET (D:H:M:S) EDT
MAIN GEAR TOUCHDOWN 10:20:28:56 7:37:56 a.m.
NOSE GEAR TOUCHDOWN 10:20:29:08 7:38:08 a.m.
WHEELS STOP 10:20:29:52 7:38:52 a.m.

Endeavour traveled about 4.5 million miles while on orbit during mission STS-69. Yesterday’s orbiter landing was the 25th at KSC.

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

Following post-landing operations at the Shuttle Landing Facility, Endeavour was towed to Orbiter Processing Facility bay 3, arriving in the processing facility at about 1 p.m. Jack and leveling operations are now complete and work has begun to drain the residual cryogenic reactants from the orbiter’s onboard fuel cell supply tanks.

DISCOVERY/OV-103 -- Pre-Orbiter Maintenance Down Period

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1
DATE OF DEPARTURE FOR PALMDALE, CALIF.: 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 KSC via the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) on Tuesday, 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):
* Install protective tail cone (Tues./Wed.)
* Move orbiter to Shuttle Landing Facility for mate with 747 SCA (Monday)

 

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