Kennedy News

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

April 3, 2002
 
STATUS REPORT : ELV-040302
 
 
Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report
 
 
Mission: Earth Observing System Aqua Observatory
Launch Vehicle: Delta II 7920-10L
Launch Pad: Space Launch Complex 2, Vandenberg Air Force Base
Launch Date: April 26, 2002
Launch Window: 2:54:58 - 3:04:58 a.m. PDT

The Aqua spacecraft is at the Spaceport Systems International (SSI) payload processing facility located on South Vandenberg Air Force Base. The Aqua project has completed testing of the spacecraft batteries and cleared the satellite for the fueling activities, which began on Monday, April 1. Based on the schedule of remaining Delta vehicle and Aqua spacecraft work, the launch date has officially been set for Friday, April 26.

Boeing has planned a launch site readiness review on April 10 prior to the spacecraft's arrival at the pad on April 11.

Mission: NOAA-M Polar Orbiter
Launch Vehicle: USAF Titan II
Launch Pad: Space Launch Complex 4 West, Vandenberg Air Force Base
Launch Date: No earlier than June 24, 2002
Launch Window: 11:22 - 11:32 a.m. PDT

The Titan II/G-14 booster for NOAA-M was transported to SLC-4 West on Saturday, March 30 and erected on the launch pad Monday, April 1.

The NOAA-M spacecraft is at the Lockheed Martin plant in Sunnyvale, Calif. and is planned for shipment to Vandenberg on April 25. It will be processed at NASA spacecraft hangar 1610 located on North Vandenberg Air Force Base. The apogee kick motor for NOAA-M is scheduled to arrive on April 8 and the spacecraft's ground support equipment will arrive the following day.

Mission: CONTOUR (Comet Nucleus Tour)
Launch Vehicle: Delta II 7425
Launch Pad: Space Launch Complex 17-A, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
Launch Date: July 1, 2002
Launch Window: 2:57:12 - 2:57:24 a.m. EDT

The spacecraft's solid rocket motor arrived at KSC on Tuesday, April 2 and will be processed at SAEF-2 prior to the arrival of CONTOUR. The spacecraft is currently at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. and will arrive at KSC on April 25 to begin final checkout and preparations for launch. The spacecraft's associated ground support equipment will arrive two days prior on April 23.

At Space Launch Complex 17, erection of the Delta booster is planned to begin on May 29. The launch vehicle second stage arrived at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Monday, April 1 and is undergoing checkout at Delta launch vehicle Hangar AO.

Status reports are available at:

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


 

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