Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
Nov. 13, 1995
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
Mission number: STS-72
Location: OPF Bay 3
Primary payload: Space Flyer Unit retrieval/OAST-free flyer
Orbital altitude: 288 statute miles
Inclination: 28.45 degrees
Mission Duration: 8 days, 22 hours, 36 minutes
Launch date: Jan. 11 4:18 a.m. EST
Landing date: Jan. 20 2:54 a.m. EST
STS-72 IN WORK TODAY:
· Installation of main engine heat shields
· Electrical hook-ups of left orbital maneuvering system pod
· Payload Interface Verification Test (IVT)
· Landing gear electrical trouble-shooting
STS-72 WORK SCHEDULED:
· Interface Verification Test of left orbital maneuvering system pod (Wed.)
· Rollover to Vehicle Assembly Building (Nov. 29)
STS-72 WORK COMPLETED:
· Installed left orbital maneuvering system pod
· Installed three Space Shuttle Main Engines
· In VAB, established electrical connections between external tank
and solid rocket booster stack
OPF Bay 2
The USML-2 laboratory has been removed from the payload bay and returned to the Operations and Checkout Building for deintegration. Removal of the Spacelab tunnel adapter is underway today. Window inspection and evaluation is underway. At this time a tentative decision has been made to remove and replace window No. 1. Preparations are underway for the upcoming orbiter hypergolic fuel deservicing.
The liftoff of Space Shuttle Atlantis occurred at the opening of the launch window as desired. The official liftoff time from Pad 39-A was 07:30:43.071 a.m. EST. The initial evaluation of the performance data from the three main engines and two solid rocket boosters has shown nominal performance with no apparent concerns. Launch damage at the pad was not unusual. Offshore, the sea conditions for solid rocket booster recovery were 7 - 10 feet and the booster recovery operations by the ships Liberty and Freedom went well. The boosters are currently in tow and are expected at the Port Canaveral Jetty at 3 p.m. EST.
KSC 24-Hour Weather Summary
Shuttle Landing Facility-7:00 a.m.
Today’s minimum temperature: 56 degrees
Yesterday’s maximum temperature: 69 degrees
Lowest relative humidity: 57 percent
Peak wind speed/direction: 40 mph/NE
Total monthly precipitation: .89 inches
Barometric pressure: 30.01 inches
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