Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

Sept. 15, 1995
STATUS REPORT : S-19950915
NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
Vehicle: OV-102/Columbia
Mission number: STS-73
Location: Pad 39-B
Primary payload: USML-2
Astronauts: 7
Orbital altitude: 172 statute miles
Inclination: 39 degrees
Mission Duration: 15 days, 22 hours
Launch date: Sept. 28 9:35 a.m. EDT
Landing date: Oct. 14 7:29 a.m. EDT


· Hypergolic storable propellant loading operations (OMS fuel)
· Retraction of rotating service structure (8 p.m.)
· Auxiliary power unit hot fire (10:30 p.m.)


· aft main engine compartment closeouts
· installation of flight crew equipment lockers
- installation of contingency EVA spacesuits
· external tank purge
· USML battery charging and experiment fit checks
· Countdown preparations in Firing Room 3
· Top off pad liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen storage tanks


· Flight Readiness Review
· Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test
· Solid rocket booster nozzle joint repair and confidence work

NOTE: Each auxiliary power unit will be run in sequence for seven minutes.

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

The functional test of the Orbiter Docking System (ODS) has been rescheduled for Monday. The Interface Verification Test of the Russian MIR-2 Docking Module has been rescheduled for Wednesday and Thursday. The state-of-health check will follow on Friday.
Servicing of the water spray boilers and potable water servicing is complete. Technicians continue installing heat shields around the three main engines, and aft main engine compartment closeouts are in work. On Saturday, the astronauts will conduct the Crew Equipment Interface Test (CEIT).

The Space Shuttle Atlantis’ solid rocket booster repair work is scheduled to begin on Sept. 24 in the Vehicle Assembly Building. Atlantis’ rollover to the VAB is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Oct. 2.

OPF Bay 1

Work continues to prepare Discovery for the ferry flight to Palmdale. The ferry flight OMS pod installation is continuing and will conclude late tonight. The payload bay doors will also be closed on Saturday, and the ferry flight tail cone installed next week. Discovery will be towed to the Shuttle Landing Facility on Sept. 25 for mating to the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft. The ferry flight is scheduled to begin on Sept. 26.


The Wake Shield Facility was grappled at 9:59 a.m. EDT yesterday after 74 hours, 34 minutes of free flight. The astronaut spacewalk is scheduled to begin at 4:04 a.m. EDT on Saturday, concluding at 10:24 a.m.

Landing of Endeavour is scheduled at KSC on Monday, Sept. 18 at approximately 7:41 a.m. weather permitting. The forecast at this time is generally favorable as a high pressure ridge builds over the southeast. On Monday, the landing forecast calls for scattered clouds at low and mid-level, and a high layer of broken clouds. The visibility will be 7 to 10 miles with Northeast winds at 6-12 knots. There is a chance of showers offshore. Tropical Storm Marilyn is not expected to be an influence in the Cape Canavaral vicinity on Monday.

KSC 24-Hour Weather Summary
Shuttle Landing Facility

Today’s minimum temperature: 76 degrees
Yesterday’s maximum temperature: 89 degrees
Lowest relative humidity: 66 percent
Peak wind speed/direction: 17 mph/E
Precipitation as of 7 a.m.: .08 inches
Total monthly precipitation: 3.64 inches
Barometric pressure at 7 a.m.: 30.09


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