Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
July 25, 1995
NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
Mission number: STS-69
Location: Pad 39-A
Primary payload: Wake Shield Facility/Spartan 201-3
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.)
STS-69 IN WORK:
· Aft main engine compartment closeouts
· Open payload bay doors
· Preparations for secondary payload interface testing
STS-69 WORK SCHEDULED:
· Begin stowage of flight crew equipment (Wednesday)
· Wake Shield Facility battery charging (Thursday)
· Replenish pad liquid hydrogen storage sphere (Friday)
STS-69 WORK COMPLETED:
· Remove and replace right-hand OMS/RCS quick disconnect
· Wake Shield Facility Interface Verification Test (IVT)
· Wake Shield Facility/Spartan 201-3 astronaut inspection
· Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (TCDT)
Issues and Concerns: The assessment of the solid rocket boosters is continuing at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The evaluation will not be complete until late this week or early next week. Meanwhile, KSC is continuing with STS-69 launch preparations as planned to preserve the launch opportunity on Aug. 5.
Discovery/OPF Bay 1
The payload bay doors are being opened today in preparation for removing the IUS airborne support equipment on Friday. Residual hypergolic fuel deservicing will be performed overnight.
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 has been installed and the electrical connections are being established. The Interface Verification Test and leak checks will be performed on Thursday. Also today the Ku-band communications system is being tested. 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
The functional test of the forward reaction control system is continuing. The main engine removal operations are beginning today. On the Russian Docking Module in the Space Station Processing Facility, the color television cameras and docking lights are being installed today.
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: 38 mph/W
Precipitation as of 7 a.m.: 1.26 inches
Total monthly precipitation: 6.38 inches
Barometric pressure at 7 a.m.: 30.03
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