Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report
XTE SCHEDULED FOR LAUNCH ABOARD DELTA ROCKET DEC. 10
The launch of NASA’s X-ray Timing Explorer (XTE) aboard a McDonnell Douglas Delta II rocket is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 10 at the opening of a 90-minute minute launch window, which extends from 9:38 a.m. to 11:03 a.m. EST. Liftoff will occur from Launch Complex 17-A on Cape Canaveral Air Station. PRELAUNCH NEWS CONFERENCE
The prelaunch news conference is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 8 at 11 a.m. in the KSC News Center auditorium and will be carried live on NASA Television.Participating in the briefing will be:
Floyd Curington, NASA Launch Manager, Kennedy Space Center
David Mitchell, Launch Vehicle Manager, Goddard Space Flight Center
Dale Schulz, Mission Director/XTE Project Manager
Dr. Hale Bradt, XTE Principal Investigator, Mass. Institute of Technology
Joel Tumbiolo, Launch Weather Officer, Department of the Air Force
Immediately after the news conference there will be a replay of the XTE mission science briefing on NASA Television. ACCREDITATION
Those media without permanent accreditation who wish to cover the launch of Delta/XTE, including the prelaunch news conference on L-1 day should send a letter of request to the NASA-KSC News Center on news organization letterhead. It should include name and Social Security number or passport number. Letters should be faxed to 407/867-2692 or addressed to: XTE Launch Accreditation
Kennedy Space Center, FL 32899
XTE mission badges may be picked up at Gate 2 on State Road 3 on Merritt Island on Dec. 8 between 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. or at the KSC News Center from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Media covering the launch only may obtain badging at Gate 1 on Cape Canaveral Air Station starting at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10. A Delta-/XTE mission badge is required for all media covering the launch from Press Site 1 on launch day. REMOTE CAMERAS
On Saturday, Dec. 7 at 9:30 a.m. a NASA van will depart Gate 1 on Cape Canaveral Air Station for Launch Complex 17 for media photographers who wish to establish remote cameras at the pad. There will be no access or transportation from the NASA-KSC News Center. LAUNCH DAY COVERAGE
On launch day, media covering the event should assemble at Gate 1 on Cape Canaveral Air Station located on State Road 401 at 8 a.m. to convoy to Press Site 1. After launch, following the initial burn of the second stage, media wishing to cover the coast phase and spacecraft separation from the E&O Building will convoy from Press Site 1 to cover this activity. Others will be escorted back to Gate 1 if they wish to leave. A postlaunch news conference will be held one hour minutes after spacecraft separation in the E&O Building if there is sufficient media interest. This briefing will not be carried on NASA Television or the "V" circuits. After this event, media will be escorted back to Gate 1.
The NASA News Center at KSC will not be open for the XTE launch. NASA TELEVISION AND V CIRCUIT COVERAGE OF XTE
NASA Television will carry the prelaunch news conference starting at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 8. On launch day, countdown coverage will begin at 8 a.m. and continue through spacecraft separation. NASA Television is available on Spacenet 2, transponder 5, channel 9 located at 69 degrees west longitude.
Audio only of all XTE activities except the postlaunch news conference will also be available on the "V" circuits, which may be dialed directly at 407/867-1220, 1240 or 1260.
Status reports are available at: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/launchingrockets/status/index.html
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