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Nov. 30, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19951130
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
1:39 PM 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: Endeavour is expected to rollover to the Vehicle Assembly Building late this afternoon as engineers continue to assess details of inspections conducted on the landing gear. Once in the VAB, the orbiter will be mated to the external tank and solid rocket boosters. Rollout to pad 39B has been postponed 24-hours to Wednesday, Dec. 6, due to the unscheduled work required on the orbiter in the OPF.

KEY STS-72 OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
* Rollout to pad 39B (7 a.m. Dec. 6)
* Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (Dec. 11-12)
* Main engine flight readiness tests (Dec. 18-19)

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

VEHICLE: Columbia/OV-102
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 continued servicing of the Freon coolant loops on Columbia. The forward reaction control system has been removed from the orbiter and transported to the Hypergolic Maintenance Facility for post-flight assessments and to replace a faulty thruster. Also, preparations are underway to remove auxiliary power unit no. 1 next week. In the Vehicle Assembly Building, stacking of the STS-75 solid rocket boosters is underway.

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
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. The IMAX camera has been removed from the payload bay and preparations are underway to remove the orbiter docking system this weekend and transfer it to the Vehicle Assembly Building.

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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