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Sept. 22, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19950922
 
 
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 7:30 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 15 days, 21 hours, 55 minutes
CREW SIZE: 7
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 172 statute miles/39 degrees

IN WORK TODAY:
* Aft engine compartment close-outs
* Countdown preparations

WORK COMPLETED:
* Functional check-out of contingency spacesuits

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES:
* Begin countdown (4 a.m. Monday)
* STS-73 crew arrival at KSC (8 a.m. Monday)
* Spacelab final stowage operations (Tuesday)
* Begin cryogenic loading of external tank for flight (1:15 a.m. Thursday)

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

VEHICLE: Atlantis/OV-104
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2
* TARGET LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Nov. 1 at 11:51 a.m. EST
* LAUNCH WINDOW: 6 minutes
* TARGET MIR DOCKING DATE: Nov. 4
* TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Nov. 9 at 9 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 7 days, 21 hours
CREW SIZE: 5
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 196-245 statute miles/51.6 degrees
* change from previous status

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)
* Flight Readiness Review (Oct. 19)

MISSION: STS-72 -- SFU-Retrieval & OAST-Flyer

VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 3
TARGET LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Jan. 11 at 5:04 a.m. EST
LAUNCH WINDOW: 38 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Jan. 20 at 3:14 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 8 days, 22 hours, 11 minutes
CREW SIZE: 6
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 184 statute miles/28.45 degrees

NOTE: Post-mission servicing of Endeavour continues in OPF bay 3. The payload bay doors are open and the payloads will be removed on Saturday.

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 being prepared for delivery 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.

In the OPF, the protective tail cone has been installed on the vehicle and the operation to place Discovery on the orbiter transporter is in work today.Discovery will be towed from the OPF to the Shuttle Landing Facility at about 5:30 a.m. Monday and mated to the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA).

Discovery, atop the 747 SCA, is scheduled to depart KSC at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26. Current plans call for Discovery to make a brief refueling stop at Ft. Worth Naval Air Station in Texas, then continue to Salt Lake City, Utah, where it will remain overnight. Discovery is scheduled to depart Salt Lake City early Wednesday morning and arrive at Palmdale early Wednesday afternoon, local time.

Discovery is scheduled to return to KSC in June 1996. Its next flight, the second mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope, is targeted for launch in early 1997.

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES:
* Place orbiter on transporter and retract landing gear (Friday)
* Move orbiter to Shuttle Landing Facility for mate with 747 SCA (5:30 a.m. Monday)
* Depart Shuttle Landing Facility on SCA (7 a.m. Tuesday)

 

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