Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

July 3, 1995
STATUS REPORT : S-19950703
NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
Vehicle: OV-103/Discovery
Mission number: STS-70
Location: Pad 39-B
Primary payload: TDRS-G/IUS-26
Astronauts: 5
Orbital altitude: 184 statute miles
Inclination: 28.45 degrees
Mission Duration: 7 days, 22 hours
Launch date: July 13 (9:41 a.m.)
Landing date: July 21 (7:51 a.m.)


· Aft main engine compartment closeouts


· Final ordnance work and hypergolic tank pressurization (Wednesday)
· Begin stowage of flight crew equipment (Wednesday)
· Begin countdown preparations in Firing Room 3 (Wednesday)
· TDRS battery charging begins (Thursday)
· External tank closeouts (Thursday)
· Solid rocket booster closeouts (Friday)
· Install aft main engine compartment flight doors (Saturday)
· Begin payload closeouts (Sunday)
· Begin countdown (July 10)
· Close payload bay doors (July 10)
· Astronaut arrival (July 10)


· TDRS-G/IUS-26 astronaut sharp edge inspection
· IUS Flight Readiness Checks

Endeavour/OV-105 (STS-69) Wake Shield Facility/Spartan 201-3
VAB High Bay 1

The Shuttle Interface Test to verify the electrical and mechanical connections between the orbiter, the external tank and solid rocket boosters is underway and will conclude on Wednesday. Rollout to Pad 39-A is scheduled for 12:01 a.m. on Thursday.

On Friday night the Wake Shield Facility began its trip from the Vertical Processing Facility to the launch pad. It was installed into the payload changeout room at the pad on Saturday morning. Installation into Endeavour’s payload bay is scheduled for July 12.

Columbia/OV-102 (STS-73) U.S. Microgravity Laboratory-2
OPF Bay 3

The main propulsion system leak and functional testing is continuing. Closeouts of the extended duration orbiter (EDO) pallet are also underway.

Atlantis/OV-104 (STS-71) Spacelab-MIR Laboratory Module

Landing at KSC is scheduled for 10:54 a.m. on Friday, July 7, weather permitting. A second opportunity is available at 12:30 p.m. Should landing be rescheduled by 24 hours the KSC landing times are 11:35 a.m. and 1:12 p.m.

KSC 24-Hour Weather Summary
Today’s minimum temperature: 73 degrees
Yesterday’s maximum temperature: 91 degrees
Lowest relative humidity: 55 percent
Peak wind speed/direction: 31 mph/S
Precipitation as of 7 a.m.: 0 inches
Total monthly precipitation: 0 inches
Barometric Pressure at 7 a.m.: 30.04


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