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Dec. 1, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19951201
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
9:21 AM EST

MISSION: STS-72 -- SFU-Retrieval & OAST-Flyer

VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105
LOCATION: Vehicle Assembly Building
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 was moved to the Vehicle Assembly Building at about 9 p.m. yesterday after completion of final inspections on the landing gear. Today, the orbiter will be mated to the external tank and solid rocket boosters with hard mate expected by early this evening. This weekend, the Shuttle interface verification test will begin. Rollout to Pad 39B is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 6.

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 Freon coolant loop no. 1 on Columbia. Servicing is being conducted to permit replacement of the flow proportional valve and pump filters. The forward reaction control system is at the Hypergolic Maintenance Facility for post-flight assessments and to replace a faulty thruster. Also, preparations are continuing 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. 11-12)
* Install forward reaction control system (Dec. 13)

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: Functional tests of the forward reaction control system is on going in the OPF. SCAPE operations will begin tonight to drain any remaining hazardous reactants from the reaction control system. Tomorrow, the orbiter docking system will be removed from the orbiter’s payload bay and transferred 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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