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Nov. 3, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19951103
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
11:15 AM EST

Flight Day 15

MISSION: STS-73 -- U.S. MICROGRAVITY LABORATORY-2
VEHICLE: Columbia/OV-102
LOCATION: Orbit
OFFICIAL LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Oct. 20 at 9:53 a.m. (EDT)
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/ *TIME: Nov. 5 at 6:45 a.m. (EST)
*MISSION DURATION: 15 days, 21 hours, 52 minutes
CREW SIZE: 7
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 172 statute miles/39 degrees
* Change from earlier status

NOTE: Landing opportunities at KSC on Sunday occur at 6:45 a.m. and 8:19 a.m. Edwards Air Force Base will not be supporting a Sunday landing opportunity. Two landing opportunities at KSC on Monday occur at 6:50 a.m. and 8:24 a.m. The Edwards Air Force Base landing opportunity occurs on Monday at 9:50 a.m. (all times eastern)

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 7:56 a.m.
LAUNCH WINDOW: 6 minutes, 57 seconds
TARGET MIR DOCKING DATE/TIME: Nov. 14 at about 2:20 a.m.
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Nov. 19 at about 1:28 p.m.
MISSION DURATION: 8 days, 5 hours
CREW SIZE: 5
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 196-245 statute miles/51.6 degrees

NOTE: Operations continue to prepare Atlantis for launch on Saturday,
Nov. 11. If Columbia’s landing is delayed a day due to weather at
KSC, launch of Atlantis will be delayed 24-hours.

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

WORK COMPLETED:
* Close payload bay doors for flight

KEY STS-74 OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
* Pressurize hypergolic system (Monday)
* Complete ordnance installation (Tuesday)
* Launch countdown begins (7 a.m. Nov. 8)
* Crew arrival (11 a.m. Nov. 8)

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

NOTE: Preparations are underway to install the OAST-Flyer payload into Endeavour’s payload bay today. The main engine heat shields are also being installed today.

KEY STS-72 OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
* Mate external tank with solid rocket boosters in Vehicle Assembly
Building (Nov. 9)
* Final payload bay door closure (Nov. 21)
* Roll to Vehicle Assembly Building (Nov. 29)

All times eastern

 

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