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Nov. 6, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19951106
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
12:27 PM EST

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: 7 minutes
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

IN WORK TODAY:
* Aft engine compartment close-outs
* Countdown preparations
* Pressurize hypergolic propellant system

WORK COMPLETED:
* Close payload bay doors for flight

KEY STS-74 OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
* Complete aft engine compartment close-outs (Tuesday)
* Complete ordnance installation (Tuesday)
* Launch countdown begins (7 a.m. Wednesday)
* Crew arrival (11 a.m. Wednesday)

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: Payload installation on Friday was halted due to a problem discovered while lowering the OAST-Flyer and GAS (Get Away Special) bridge into Endeavour’s payload bay. It was determined that the GAS bridge keel trunion was too long as it made contact with the aft mid-point attachment. The payload was removed and inspections revealed only minor damage to the thermal insulation blankets, which have been repaired. X-rays of the vehicle’s structure unveiled no structural damage. The faulty keel trunion on the GAS bridge has been replaced and the payload will be installed today.

KEY STS-72 OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
* Payload interface verification tests (Thursday/Friday)
* Mate external tank with solid rocket boosters in Vehicle Assembly
Building (Thursday)
* Install orbital maneuvering system pod (Nov. 13)
* Final payload bay door closure (Nov. 21)
* Roll to Vehicle Assembly Building (Nov. 29)

MISSION: STS-75 -- TETHERED SATELLITE-1R & USMP-3

VEHICLE: Columbia/OV-102
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2
TARGET LAUNCH DATE: Feb. 29, 1996 (under review)
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE: March 14, 1996
MISSION DURATION: 13 days, 16 hours
CREW SIZE: 7
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 184 statute miles/28.45 degrees

NOTE: The orbiter Columbia was towed to the Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2 yesterday afternoon, arriving in the bay at about 3 p.m. Post-flight assessments revealed generally normal tile damage (about 90 tile hits due mainly to ice debris at launch time). The orbiter’s tires and brakes are reported to be in good condition. Thermal protection gap fillers around the orbiter’s reinforced carbon-carbon chin panel appeared loose. This may require that the chin panel be removed and inspected prior to Columbia’s next flight. Other post-mission assessments will continue today.

KEY STS-75 OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
* Open payload bay doors (Wednesday)
* Remove USML payload (Friday)
All times eastern

 

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