Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
Nov. 29, 1995
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
2:12 PM EST
MISSION: STS-72 -- SFU-Retrieval & OAST-Flyer
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: Endeavour’s rollover to the Vehicle Assembly Building has been delayed 24-hours due to problems encountered while lowering the orbiter onto the transporter and to allow extra time to finalize tests on the landing gear and associated electrical wiring. Move to the VAB is now set for no earlier than 8 a.m. tomorrow but more likely to occur around 12 noon. In the VAB, the orbiter will be mated to the external tank and solid rocket boosters. Rollout to pad 39B remains on schedule for Tuesday, Dec. 5.
KEY STS-72 OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
* Roll to Vehicle Assembly Building (about 12 noon Thursday)
* 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
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2
TARGET LAUNCH DATE: Feb. 22
LAUNCH WINDOW: 2 hours, 30 minutes
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. The forward reaction control system has been removed from the orbiter and preparations are in work to transport it to the Hypergolic Maintenance Facility for post-flight assessments and to 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
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1
TARGET LAUNCH DATE: March 21
LAUNCH WINDOW: about 6 minutes
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 functional tests of the forward reaction control system and removal of the IMAX camera. The orbiter docking system will be removed later this week.
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)
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