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Nov. 7, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19951107
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
12:06 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

NOTE: Engineers have determined no additional work is required to verify the readiness for flight of the STS-74 solid rocket boosters in light of extremely small cracks found on hold-down posts attached to other boosters that flew earlier this year. Previous inspections on the boosters at the pad indicate no cracking is present. Mission managers will be fully briefed on the matter at the scheduled management team meeting to be held at KSC on Thursday.

IN WORK TODAY:
* Countdown preparations
* Complete ordnance installation

WORK COMPLETED:
* Pressurize hypergolic propellant system
* Aft engine compartment close-outs

KEY STS-74 OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
* 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: 288 statute miles/28.45 degrees

NOTE: The OAST-Flyer and Get Away Special canisters have been successfully installed in the orbiter’s payload bay. The payload interface verification test will begin today and continue through tomorrow.

KEY STS-72 OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
* Mate external tank with solid rocket boosters in VAB (Thursday)
* Install left hand orbital maneuvering system pod (Sunday)
* 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 is in Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2 and post-mission assessments will continue today. A final assessment of tile damage resulting from the flight shows about 147 total hits, of which 26 had a major dimension of 1-inch or larger.

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

 

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