Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report
XTE SATELLITE ARRIVES AT KSC TO BEGIN LAUNCH PREPARATIONS
NASA’s X-ray Timing Explorer (XTE) to be launched aboard a Delta II rocket late this summer arrived today at the Skid Strip on Cape Canaveral Air Station aboard a C-5 military transport jet. The spacecraft was shipped from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.
The purpose of the XTE satellite is to gather data with its three instruments about X-ray emitting objects within our Milky Way galaxy and beyond. The spacecraft will provide information on the nature, energy source and evolution of X-ray sources, such as white dwarfs, neutron stars and black holes.
The 6,700-pound XTE is being transported today to NASA Spacecraft Checkout Hangar AO on Cape Canaveral Air Station to begin approximately two months of activities. This will include completion of payload element integration, functional tests, spacecraft cleaning, installation of pyrotechnics and activation of the spacecraft batteries. In mid-August XTE will be transported to Pad A at Complex 17 for mating to the Delta II rocket.
Delta/XTE is currently scheduled for launch on Aug. 31, however, due to launch vehicle availability this date is under review.
Status reports are available at: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/launchingrockets/status/index.html
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