Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
Dec. 11, 1995
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
3:22 PM EST
MISSION: STS-72 -- SFU-Retrieval & OAST-Flyer
LOCATION: Pad 39B
TARGET LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Jan. 11 at 4:18 a.m. EST
LAUNCH WINDOW: 59 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Jan. 20 at 2:59 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 8 days, 22 hours
CREW SIZE: 6
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 288 statute miles/28.45 degrees
NOTE: The crew for mission STS-72 arrived at the Shuttle Landing Facility yesterday at about 10:30 a.m. for the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test, which is being conducted today and tomorrow at KSC. Last week, the helium signature leak check of Endeavour’s main propulsion system was completed.
KEY STS-72 OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
* Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (Monday and Tuesday)
* Prelaunch propellant load (Dec. 13-14)
* Main engine flight readiness tests (Dec. 18-19)
* Configure vehicle for holiday outages (Dec. 21)
* Begin countdown (Jan. 8)
MISSION: STS-75 -- TETHERED SATELLITE-1R & USMP-3
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 2
TARGET LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Feb. 22 at 3:08 p.m.
LAUNCH WINDOW: 2 hours, 30 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE: March 7 at 7:38 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 13 days, 16 hours
CREW SIZE: 7
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 184 statute miles/28.45 degrees
NOTE: The orbiter’s main engines are being installed today and tomorrow. The forward reaction control system will be installed Friday.
KEY STS-75 OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
* Install main engines (Dec. 11-12)
* Install forward reaction control system (Dec. 15)
* Close payload bay doors for holidays (Dec. 20)
MISSION: STS-76 -- 3rd MIR DOCKING
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 1
TARGET LAUNCH DATE/TIME: March 21 at about 3:34 a.m.
LAUNCH WINDOW: about 6 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE: March 30 at about 12:07 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 9 days
CREW SIZE: 6 up -- 5 down
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 196-245 statute miles/51.6 degrees
NOTE: The orbiter docking system has been removed from the orbiter’s payload bay and transferred to the Vehicle Assembly Building. The tunnel adapter has also been removed from the payload bay. Operations to remove the main engines from the orbiter will begin tomorrow.
KEY STS-76 OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
* Remove main engines (Dec. 12)
* Remove remote manipulator system (Dec. 12)
* Close payload bay doors for holidays (Dec. 21)
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