Kennedy News

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

July 31, 2002
 
STATUS REPORT : ELV-073102
 
 
Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report
 
 
Mission: Galaxy Evolution Explorer
Launch Vehicle: Pegasus XL
Launch Location: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
Launch Date: No earlier than October 17, 2002
Launch Window: To be determined

The GALEX spacecraft is at the Orbital Space Systems Group facility in Dulles, Virginia, and is expected to arrive at KSC to begin final processing no earlier than August 26. The decision to make some hardware and software changes to the spacecraft's logic unit has been implemented and testing is under way.

Meanwhile, in California at Vandenberg Air Force Base, the Pegasus XL launch vehicle has completed processing and is ready for ferry to KSC on the Orbital Sciences L-1011 aircraft. This is planned for September 13 but is predicated on the arrival of the spacecraft at KSC as currently scheduled.

Mission: Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-J
Launch Vehicle: Lockheed Martin Atlas IIA (AC-144)
Launch Pad: Launch Complex 36-B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
Launch Date: No earlier than October 29, 2002
Launch Window: To be determined

The TDRS-J spacecraft is currently planned to arrive at Kennedy Space Center from the Boeing Satellite Systems plant in El Segundo, California, no earlier than September 26.

The Lockheed Martin Atlas II launch vehicle is at the factory in Denver, Colorado, undergoing final assembly. The arrival date of the booster at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station is under review.

Mission: Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment
Launch Vehicle: Pegasus XL
Launch Location: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
Launch Date: December 1, 2002

SORCE is at the Orbital Space Systems Group spacecraft facility in Dulles, Virginia, undergoing environmental testing. The spacecraft is scheduled to arrive at Kennedy Space Center to begin final processing on October 25.

The Orbital Sciences Pegasus XL launch vehicle is undergoing buildup and testing at Vandenberg Air Force Base. Two Flight Simulation tests are scheduled while the vehicle is in California. Flight Simulation No. 1 is scheduled for October 1 and will be followed by Flight Simulation No. 2 on October 9.

The Pegasus is scheduled for ferry to Cape Canaveral using the Orbital Sciences L-1011 aircraft on October 28.

Three Flight Simulation tests are also planned at KSC prior to launch and are scheduled to occur on November 1, November 8 and November 18.

There are no significant issues or concerns at this time.

Status reports are available at:

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


 

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