Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

Oct. 17, 1995
STATUS REPORT : S-19951017
NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
Tuesday, Oct. 17, 1995

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: Oct. 20 9:50 a.m. EDT
Landing date: Nov. 5 6:45 a.m. EST

PRSD reactant topoff
Replenishment of pad liquid oxygen storage tank

Mid-deck payload servicing (Thursday)
Resume countdown at T-11 Hours ( 7:30 p.m. Thursday)
Load external tank with liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen (1:00 a.m. Friday)

Scrub turnaround activities

NOTE: With the weather-related scrub of the commercial Atlas rocket, mission managers are proceeding with the plan to reschedule the launch of Columbia for Friday. The launch window opens at 9:50 a.m. EDT.

Atlantis/OV-104 (STS-74) Russian MIR-2 Docking Module
Pad 39-A

The STS-74 astronauts are participating in launch pad emergency training today. The countdown for the TCDT began at 8 a.m today and will conclude at 11 a.m. on Wednesday. The astronauts are onboard for the last three hours of the mock countdown. Ultrasound testing of the orbiter’s main engine high pressure liquid oxygen ducts has been completed with no issues or concerns. Preparations are in work for the hypergolic servicing which will be performed starting next Monday.

A state-of-health check for the Russian MIR-2 Docking Module is being performed today. An environmental purge sequence of the module is planned for Nov. 2-3 to be followed by closing the payload bay doors for flight.

OPF Bay 3

Preparations are underway for installing the Remote Manipulator System. Fuel cell testing is also underway. In the Vehicle Assembly Building, stacking of the right forward center solid rocket booster segment is in work today. Stacking of the right forward segment is planned for late tomorrow or Thursday.

KSC 24-Hour Weather Summary
Shuttle Landing Facility-7:00 a.m.

Today’s minimum temperature: 70 degrees
Yesterday’s maximum temperature: 81 degrees
Lowest relative humidity: 56 percent
Peak wind speed/direction: 25 mph/NE
Precipitation: 0
Total monthly precipitation: 6.20 inches
Barometric pressure: 30.07


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