Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report
Atlas 1/May 19
The RP-1 Atlas first stage fuel for the AC-77 wet countdown dress rehearsal is being loaded aboard today. The countdown will begin at begin at 5:55 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, May 3. The gantry at Pad 36-B will be retracted at 8:30 a.m. Loading of the cryogenic liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen will follow starting at 9:43 a.m. The T-0 time for simulated launch is 11:30 a.m.
At Astrotech, the GOES-J spacecraft was fueled with its hydrazine attitude control propellant last Friday. Mechanical close-outs were completed yesterday. The spacecraft will be placed on the Atlas 1 payload adapter tomorrow and be encapsulated into the nose fairing on Thursday. The spacecraft will leave Astrotech for Launch Complex 36 at 1 a.m. on Saturday morning, May 6, and will be mated to the rocket starting at sunrise.
Status reports are available at: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/launchingrockets/status/index.html
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