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Nov. 10, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19951110
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
12:22 PM EST

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

LAUNCH - 1 DAY

VEHICLE: Atlantis/OV-104
LOCATION: Pad 39A
TARGET LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Nov. 11 at about 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 1:25 p.m.
MISSION DURATION: 8 days, 5 hours
CREW SIZE: 5
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 196-245 statute miles/51.6 degrees

NOTE: The countdown for launch of Atlantis continues on schedule today for liftoff on Saturday, Nov. 11. The seven-minute window opens at about 7:56 a.m. The exact window will be announced about 90 minutes prior to launch following final computation of the location of Mir space station. Atlantis is scheduled to land at KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility at about 1:25 p.m. Nov. 19.

No technical issues or concerns are being discussed by the mission management team or by NASA engineers. The Docking Module located in Atlantis’ payload bay was powered-up for a final state-of-health check yesterday and no problems were identified.

Today, final mid-deck payload loading operations will be completed and the rotating service structure will be retracted to launch position at about 1:30 p.m., pending weather. Loading of the external tank with cryogenic propellants is scheduled to begin at about 10:36 p.m.

Air Force weather forecasters are indicating a 30 percent probability of weather prohibiting launch on Saturday. The primary concern is for possible cloudiness and ceiling below 6,000 feet. Also, there remains a concern for marginal weather at the trans-Atlantic landing sites in Spain and Africa.

During Saturday’s launch window, the winds at KSC’s Pad A are expected to be from the south-southeast at 7 -12 knots; temperature 70 degrees F; visibility 7 miles; humidity 81 percent; and clouds scattered at 3,000 feet and broken at 25,000 feet.

The 24-hour-delay forecast reveals similar conditions and a 40 percent chance of violation.

NOTE: For additional details regarding STS-74 countdown milestones, please refer to KSC Release No. 121-95.

SUMMARY OF BUILT-IN HOLDS FOR STS-74

T-TIME LENGTH OF HOLD HOLD BEGINS HOLD ENDS
T-27 hours 4 hours 11:00 p.m. Wed. 3 a.m. Thurs.
T-19 hours 8 hours 11:00 a.m. Thurs. 7 p.m. Thurs.
T-11 hours 13 hours, 6 minutes 3:00 a.m. Fri. 4:06 p.m. Fri.
T-6 hours 2 hours 9:06 p.m. Fri. 11:06 p.m. Fri.
T-3 hours 2 hours 2:06 a.m. Sat. 4:06 a.m. Sat.
T-20 minutes 10 minutes 6:46 a.m. Sat. 6:56 a.m. Sat.
T-9 minutes 40 minutes 7:07 a.m. Sat. 7:47 a.m. Sat.

CREW FOR MISSION STS-74

Commander (CDR): Ken Cameron
Pilot (PLT): James Halsell
Mission Specialist (MS1): Chris Hadfield
Mission Specialist (MS2): Jerry Ross
Mission Specialist (MS3): William McArthur

SUMMARY OF STS-74 LAUNCH DAY CREW ACTIVITIES

Friday, Nov. 10

10:00 p.m. Wake up
10:30 p.m. Breakfast

Saturday, Nov. 11

* 2:51 a.m. Lunch and crew photo
3:21 a.m. Weather briefing (CDR, PLT, MS2)
3:21 a.m. Don launch and entry suits (MS1, MS3)
3:31 a.m. Don launch and entry suits (CDR, PLT, MS2)
* 3:41 a.m. Crew suiting photo
* 4:01 a.m. Depart for launch pad 39A
* 4:41 a.m. Arrive at white room and begin ingress
* 5:56 a.m. Close crew hatch
* 7:56 a.m. Launch

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

 

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