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Nov. 28, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19951128
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
11:05 AM EST

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: Work continues today to prepare Endeavour for rollover to the Vehicle Assembly Building at about 10 a.m. Wednesday. The payload bay doors have been closed and the vehicle is resting on the orbiter transporter. Final preparations in work today include topping off pressure in the landing gear tires and making final weight and center of gravity assessments. The orbiter will be disconnected from the Orbiter Processing Facility purge systems tonight.

KEY STS-72 OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
* Roll to Vehicle Assembly Building (10 a.m. Wednesday)
* Rollout to pad 39B (Dec. 5)
* Main engine flight readiness tests (Dec. 6-7)
* Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test ( Dec. 11-12)

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

VEHICLE: Columbia/OV-102
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2
TARGET LAUNCH DATE: Feb. 22
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE: March 7
MISSION DURATION: 13 days, 16 hours
CREW SIZE: 7
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 184 statute miles/28.45 degrees

NOTE: Work today includes servicing the Freon coolant loops on Columbia and preparing to remove the forward reaction control system for transport to the Hypergolic Maintenance Facility for post-flight assessments and to remove and replace a faulty thruster.

KEY STS-75 OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
* Install main engines (Dec. 12)
* Install forward reaction control system (Dec. 19)

MISSION: STS-76 -- 3rd MIR DOCKING

VEHICLE: Atlantis/OV-104
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1
TARGET LAUNCH DATE: March 21
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE: March 30
MISSION DURATION: 10 days (+1)
CREW SIZE: 6 up -- 5 down
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 196-245 statute miles/51.6 degrees

NOTE: Operations in work today include preparations for the functional test of the forward reaction control system and preparations to remove the IMAX camera and orbiter docking system from the payload bay later this week. Also, the tires, wheels and brakes will be removed today and preparations made for hydraulic operations which are scheduled to begin tomorrow. The payload bay doors are open and the aft access platforms have been installed.

KEY STS-76 OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
* Remove orbiter docking system (Dec. 2)
* Remove main engines (Dec. 12)
* Remove remote manipulator system (Dec. 12)

All times eastern

 

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