Kennedy News

George H. Diller
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
321-867-2468
george.h.diller@nasa.gov

May 11, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : ELV-051195
 
 
Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report
 
 
LAUNCH OF GOES-J WEATHER SATELLITE SCHEDULED FOR MAY 19

The launch of the GOES-J weather satellite for NASA and NOAA aboard the AC-77 Atlas I rocket is scheduled for May 19 at the opening of a launch window which extends from 1:42 a.m. to 2:55 a.m. EDT. The liftoff will be from Pad B at Launch Complex 36 on Cape Canaveral Air Station.


NASA/NOAA MEDIA BRIEFINGS

A pair of briefings will be held in the NASA News Center auditorium on Thursday, May 18, beginning with the prelaunch news conference at 10:30 a.m. Participating in this event will be:

Floyd Curington, NASA Launch Manager, Kennedy Space Center
Pat Symons, NASA Launch Vehicle Manager, Lewis Research Center
Martin Davis, NASA Mission Director, Goddard Space Flight Center
Steven Kirkner, NOAA GOES Systems Acquisitions Manager
Joel Tumbiolo, Launch Weather Officer, USAF 45th Space Wing

Following immediately will be a NOAA briefing on GOES-J satellite applications and Doppler weather radar benefits for the nation.

NOAA participants in this event will be:

Frederick Ostby, Director, National Severe Storms Forecast Center
Gary Davis, Director, Satellite Operations
James Purdom, Chief Regional and Mesoscale Meteorology
Steven Kirkner, GOES System Acquisition Manager

A postlaunch news conference will be held on Cape Canaveral Air Station in the E&O building, Room 116 one hour after launch.

REMOTE TELEVISION INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY

On L-1 day from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., pre-scheduled remote television interviews will be conducted. Available for interviews are:

Frederick Ostby, Director, National Severe Storms Forecast Center
Jamison Hawkins, GOES Products Manager

The interviews will be carried on Spacenet 2, transponder 3, channel 5. The satellite is located at 69 degrees west. (This transponder is not NASA Television.) For information about scheduling a remote interview contact Stephanie Kenitzer of the National Weather Service Public Affairs Office at 301/713-0622.

LAUNCH DAY PRESS COVERAGE

On launch day, media covering the event should assemble at the Gate 1 Pass and Identification building on Cape Canaveral Air Station located on State Road 401. The convoy to Press Site 1 will depart at 12:30 a.m.

After spacecraft separation of GOES-J from the Centaur stage, media will convoy from Press Site 1 to the E&O Building for the postlaunch news conference. Those not desiring to cover the postlaunch briefing will be escorted back to Gate 1. Media are not allowed to be unescorted on Cape Canaveral Air Station at any time.

ACCREDITATION

Those who wish to cover the launch of GOES-J and the associated prelaunch activities at the NASA News Center should send a letter of request on news organization letterhead, which should include the names and social security numbers of those desiring accreditation. Letters should be faxed to 407/867-2692 or may be addressed to:

GOES-J Launch Accreditation
NASA PA-MSB
Kennedy Space Center, FL 32899

AC-77/GOES-J mission badges may be picked up at Gate 2 on State Road 3 on Merritt Island on May 18 between 8 and 10 a.m., or at Gate 1 on Cape Canaveral Air Station starting at 12:15 a.m. on May 19. Badges will not be issued from the KSC News Center. An AC-77/GOES-J badge is required for all media covering the launch from Press Site 1 on launch day.

All foreign press should immediately request accreditation through the International Affairs Office at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Contact Debra Rahn at 202/358-1639.

REMOTE CAMERAS

On Thursday, May 18 at 2 p.m., a bus will depart the KSC News Center for Complex 36 for media photographers who wish to establish remote cameras at the pad. There will be no access or transportation from Gate 1 for remote camera set-ups.

KSC NEWS CENTER OVERNIGHT HOURS FOR LAUNCH

The NASA News Center at KSC will be open on May 19 starting at 12 midnight and remain open until one-half hour after launch.

NASA TV COVERAGE OF GOES-J

NASA Television will carry live the NASA AC-77/GOES-J prelaunch news conference on Thursday, May 18 starting at 10:30 a.m. The NOAA mission briefing will follow at 11 a.m.

On launch day, May 19, video programming will begin at 12 midnight. Launch commentary will begin at 12:15 a.m. and continue through spacecraft separation, which occurs at 29 minutes after liftoff. The postlaunch news conference will not be carried on NASA Television but audio of all AC-77/GOES-J media events will be on the NASA "V" circuits which may be accessed by dialing 407/867-1220...1240...1260.

NASA Television is available on Spacenet 2, transponder 5, channel 9 located at 69 degrees west.

STATUS REPORTS

Recorded daily status reports on the AC-77/GOES-J launch will be available on the KSC news media codaphone starting on May 15. The telephone number is 407/867-2525.

Status reports are available at:

http://www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/launchingrockets/status/index.html


 

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