Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report
A decision has been made to reschedule the launch of RADARSAT to no earlier than Oct. 4 as recommendations of the Delta/Koreasat failure review board are pending. The launch time will remain the same at 7:22 a.m. PDT.
With the exception of fueling the satellite, processing has been completed on RADARSAT, which is in a spacecraft cleanroom at Vandenberg Air Force Base. Based on this new date, the spacecraft is scheduled to be mated to the Delta rocket at Space Launch Complex 2 on Sep. 25. A launch crew certification, including a full launch countdown dress rehearsal, is being performed today.
A RADARSAT mission science briefing from NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C., will be presented on NASA Television on Wednesday, Sept. 6 starting at 1:30 p.m. EDT. DELTA/XTE
A decision has also been made to reschedule the launch of XTE to no earlier than Oct. 25 as recommendations from the Delta/Koreasat review board are pending.
Processing of XTE in Spacecraft Hangar AO was completed with the mating to the payload attach fitting on Aug. 21. Other milestones that have been recently achieved include: completion of a spacecraft performance test; installation of the spacecraft batteries; a spacecraft launch simulation; and completion of a mission simulation covering the early hours of flight after separation from the Delta.
Upcoming milestones include: a partial tanking of liquid oxygen on the first stage to test for cryogenic leaks on Sept. 11, a Simulated Flight Test of the vehicle to check the in-flight functions of the Delta after T-0 on Sept. 12 and 13, and a pair of launch crew certifications, which includes a launch countdown and full tanking of the vehicle with liquid oxygen on Sept. 14 and Oct. 16.
XTE will be transported from Hangar AO to launch pad 17-A on Oct. 10 to be mated to the Delta II rocket.
Status reports are available at: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/launchingrockets/status/index.html
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