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Oct. 11, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19951011
 
 
NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 1995 (10:40 AM EDT)

LAUNCH - 3 DAYS

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

VEHICLE: Columbia/OV-102
LOCATION: Pad 39B
TARGET LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Oct. 14 at 9:46 a.m. EDT
LAUNCH WINDOW: 2 hours, 30 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Oct. 30 at 6:41 a.m. (EST)
MISSION DURATION: 15 days, 21 hours, 55 minutes
CREW SIZE: 7
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 172 statute miles/39 degrees

NOTE: The countdown for launch of Columbia began at 4 a.m. today for a 2 1/2 hour launch window opening at 9:46 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14. This is the fifth launch attempt of mission STS-73. It follows last Saturday’s launch scrub at the T-20 minute mark due to a failed Master Events Controller. That unit has been replaced and successfully tested.

Forecasters are currently predicting a 40 percent chance of weather violating launch commit criteria on Saturday. This is due primarily to a chance of showers and possible winds that might be associated with Hurricane Roxanne, if that storm begins to track north or east. Roxanne is currently located over the Yucatan Peninsula and moving west.

The STS-73 crew will arrive at KSC later today in two groups. The Red Team (Bowersox, Rominger, Thornton and Sacco) is scheduled to arrive at 4 p.m. The Blue Team (Coleman, Lopez-Alegria and Leslie) is scheduled to arrive at about 10:30 p.m.

IN WORK TODAY:
· Final vehicle and facility close-outs for launch
· Aft engine compartment close-outs
· Stowage of flight crew equipment

WORK COMPLETED:
· Replace and test the no. 1 master events controller
· Begin launch countdown (4 a.m. today)

KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES:
· Crew arrival at Shuttle Landing Facility (today at 4 and 10:30 p.m.)
· Spacelab final stowage operations (Thursday)
· Begin cryogenic loading of external tank for flight (1:26 a.m. Saturday)

NOTE: For additional details regarding STS-73 countdown milestones,
please refer to KSC Release No. 99-95.

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

NOTE: Atlantis remains scheduled for launch as early as Nov. 1. The Shuttle stack will be rolled out of the Vehicle Assembly Building beginning at 12:01 a.m. Thursday. The move to Pad 39A was delayed again today due to lightning in the vicinity of KSC this morning.

SUMMARY OF BUILT-IN HOLDS FOR STS-73 (Run 3)

T-TIME LENGTH OF HOLD HOLD BEGINS HOLD ENDS
T-27 hours 4 hours 8:00 p.m. Wednesday 12 midnight Wednesday
T-19 hours 8 hours 8:00 a.m. Thursday 4:00 p.m. Thursday
T-11 hours 19 hours, 26 minutes 12:01 a.m. Friday 7:26 p.m. Friday
T-6 hours 1 hour 12:26 a.m. Saturday 1:26 a.m. Saturday
T-3 hours 2 hours 4:26 a.m. Saturday 6:26 a.m. Saturday
T-20 minutes 10 minutes 9:06 a.m. Saturday 9:16 a.m. Saturday
T-9 minutes 10 minutes 9:27 a.m. Saturday 9:37 a.m. Saturday

CREW FOR MISSION STS-73

Ken Bowersox Commander (CDR) Red Team
Kent Rominger Pilot (PLT) Red Team
Catherine Coleman Mission Specialist (MS1) Blue Team
Michael Lopez-Alegria Mission Specialist (MS2) Blue Team
Kathryn Thornton Mission Specialist (MS3) Red Team
Fred Leslie Payload Specialist (PS1) Blue Team
Albert Sacco Payload Specialist (PS2) Red Team

SUMMARY OF STS-73 LAUNCH DAY CREW ACTIVITIES

Friday, Oct. 13

7:00 p.m. Wake up (Blue Team)
7:30 p.m. Breakfast (Blue Team)

Saturday, Oct. 14

12:30 a.m. Lunch (Blue Team)
4:00 a.m. Wake up (Red Team)
* 5:21 a.m. Breakfast/Dinner and Crew Photo
5:51 a.m. Weather briefing (CDR, PLT, MS2)
5:51 a.m. Don launch and entry suits (MS1, MS3, PS1, PS2)
6:01 a.m. Don launch and entry suits (CDR, PLT, MS2)
* 6:16 a.m. Crew suiting photo
* 6:31 a.m. Depart for Launch Pad 39B
* 7:01 a.m. Arrive at white room and begin orbiter ingress
* 8:16 a.m. Close crew hatch
* 9:46 a.m. Launch

* Televised events (times may vary slightly)
All times Eastern

 

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