Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

July 24, 1995
STATUS REPORT : S-19950724
NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
Vehicle: OV-105/Endeavour
Mission number: STS-69
Location: Pad 39-A
Primary payload: Wake Shield Facility/Spartan 201-3
Astronauts: 5
Orbital altitude: 230 statute miles
Inclination: 28.45 degrees
Mission Duration: 10 days, 20 hours, 29 minutes
Launch date: August 5 (10:45 a.m.)
Landing date: August 16 (7:14 a.m.)


· Remove and replace right-hand OMS/RCS quick disconnect


· Aft main engine compartment closeouts (begin Tuesday)
· Begin stowage of flight crew equipment (Wednesday)
· Wake Shield Facility battery charging (Thursday)
· Replenish pad liquid hydrogen storage sphere (Friday)


· Wake Shield Facility Interface Verification Test (IVT)
· Wake Shield Facility/Spartan 201-3 astronaut inspection
· Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (TCDT)

Discovery/OPF Bay 1

Discovery was towed from Runway 33 at the Shuttle Landing Facility starting at 11:45 a.m. on Saturday morning. It arrived in front of OPF Bay 1 at 1:02 p.m. and was spotted in the high bay at 1:05 p.m. Over the weekend the residual cryogenic reactants were offloaded. Today access into the aft main engine compartment is being established and the payload bay door strongback is being attached in preparation for opening the payload bay doors on Tuesday. Preparations are underway for offloading the residual hypergolic propellants.

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

The Spacelab tunnel connecting the orbiter’s airlock with the USML-2 laboratory module is being installed today. The Crew Equipment Interface Test (CEIT) of Columbia and USML-2 is scheduled for Saturday.

Atlantis/OV-104 (STS-74) Russian Docking Module
OPF Bay 2

A functional test of the forward reaction control system is underway today. The main engine heat shields have been removed and preparations are underway for removing the three main engines. The STS-71 latch assembly on the orbiter docking system has been removed. The latching mechanism for STS-74 and subsequent missions is now undergoing installation. On the Russian Docking Module in the Space Station Processing Facility, the grapple fixture and payload bay trunions were installed on Friday.

KSC 24-Hour Weather Summary
Shuttle Landing Facility

Today’s minimum temperature: 74 degrees
Yesterday’s maximum temperature: 94 degrees
Lowest relative humidity: 60 percent
Peak wind speed/direction: 22 mph/S
Precipitation as of 7 a.m.: .15 inches
Total monthly precipitation: 5.12 inches
Barometric pressure at 7 a.m.: 30.04


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