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Oct. 23, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19951023
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
MISSION: STS-73 -- U.S. MICROGRAVITY LABORATORY-2

VEHICLE: Columbia/OV-102
LOCATION: Orbit
LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Oct. 20 at 9:53 a.m. (EDT)
KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Nov. 5 at 6:48 a.m. (EST)
MISSION DURATION: 15 days, 21 hours, 55 minutes
CREW SIZE: 7
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 172 statute miles/39 degrees

The STS-73 solid rocket boosters arrived at Hangar AF on Sunday morning. The boosters will be disassembled and preliminary postflight inspections will be made. By the end of the week, motor segments will be shipped to booster manufacturer Thiokol in Utah for thorough inspections and refurbishment. Launch pad 39B sustained minimal damage as a result of the STS-73 launch.

The STS-73 crew are: Commander Ken Bowersox; Pilot Kent Rominger; Mission Specialists Catherine Coleman, Michael Lopez-Alegria and Kathryn Thornton; and Payload Specialists Fred Leslie and Albert Sacco.

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

VEHICLE: Atlantis/OV-104
LOCATION: Pad 39A
TARGET LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Nov. 11 at about 7:57 a.m. EST
LAUNCH WINDOW: 6 minutes, 57 seconds
TARGET MIR DOCKING DATE: Nov. 14
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Nov. 19 at about 7:04 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 7 days, 21 hours
CREW SIZE: 5
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 196-245 statute miles/51.6 degrees

WORK IN PROGRESS:
* Launch Readiness Review
* Loading hypergolic propellants into the orbiter's onboard storage
tanks (pad cleared)

KEY STS-74 OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
* Helium signature test (Oct. 26)
* Flight Readiness Review (Oct. 26)
* Main engine controller checkout and flight readiness test (Oct. 27)
* Begin aft engine compartment closeouts (Oct. 30)

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

VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 3
TARGET LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Jan. 11 at 4:18 a.m. EST
LAUNCH WINDOW: 60 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Jan. 20 at 2:54 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 8 days, 22 hours, 36 minutes
CREW SIZE: 6
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 184 statute miles/28.45 degrees

WORK IN PROGRESS:
Transfer left orbital maneuvering system pod to the Hypergolic
Maintenance Facility

KEY STS-72 OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
* Install main engines (Oct. 25-26)
* Final payload bay door closure (Nov. 21)
* Roll to Vehicle Assembly Building (Nov. 29)

 

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