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12.22.06 - At the Astrotech payload processing facility near Kennedy Space Center, THEMIS state-of-health checks and an electrical system checkout have been finished.
10.20.06 - STEREO, at Pad 17-B atop the Boeing Delta II rocket, was encapsulated into its fairing. There are no significant launch vehicle or spacecraft issues at this time.
10.13.06 - The Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory is at Pad 17-B atop the Boeing Delta II rocket. The spacecraft was moved from Astrotech to the launch pad on Oct. 11 as scheduled.
10.06.06 - The Delta II second stage was re-erected atop the first stage on Sept. 29. Guidance and control system checks of the launch vehicle were completed on Oct. 4.
09.27.06 - Engineers reviewed data and determined STEREO's Delta II second stage is ready for processing.
09.15.06 - At Pad 17-B, STEREO's Delta II second stage was destacked on Sept. 6 for further testing to determine the thickness of the tank in identified areas. Initial test procedures are complete.
09.01.06 - A decision was made to remove the STEREO second stage from the launch vehicle and perform inspection from inside the propellant tank to verify it is structurally sound for flight.
08.21.06 - Launch of NASA's Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory has been postponed to no earlier than Sept. 18 to allow time for further evaluation of the Delta II second stage.
08.18.06 - After leak checks of the Delta II first stage, engineers decided to remove and replace the liquid oxygen fill and drain valve at Launch Complex 17. That work is being completed today.
08.14.06 - At Launch Complex 17, the launch team is performing the Delta II Flight Simulation, an electrical and mechanical test that activates the first and second stage onboard systems.
08.04.06 - At Launch Complex 17, the second stage of STEREO's Delta II was de-stacked and taken to the High-Pressure Test Facility where a precautionary leak test has been completed.
07.28.06 - The launch of STEREO aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket has been postponed to no earlier than Aug. 31 to allow time to inspect the second-stage oxidizer tank.
07.24.06 - At the Astrotech Space Operations Facility, work to prepare STEREO for launch resumed today with the pressurization of the hydrazine tanks on each of the two observatories.
07.17.06 - The launch of the Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory has been reset to no earlier than Aug. 20 to allow time for a leak of hydrazine propellant on Observatory A to be investigated.
07.07.06 - The launch of the Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket has been rescheduled to Aug. 1, pending Eastern Range availability and confirmation.
06.26.06 - The launch of STEREO aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket has been rescheduled to July 30, pending confirmation by the Eastern Range, a more optimum time in the launch period.
06.16.06 - At the Astrotech Space Operations Facility, testing and prelaunch processing of STEREO continues. Communications testing with the Deep Space Network continues.
06.09.06 - Testing and prelaunch processing of NASA's Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory continue on schedule. Deep Space Network spacecraft compatibility testing is under way.
06.02.06 - Technicians are testing individual STEREO systems on both the "A" and "B" observatories. Solar arrays for both are being cleaned, inspected and repaired prior to integration.
05.26.06 - Technicians are testing individual STEREO systems on both the "A" and "B" spacecraft. Workers cleaned the black light on spacecraft "A" and installed the solar array ordnance.
05.19.06 - Individual STEREO systems on both the "A" and "B" spacecraft are being tested. The flight battery for spacecraft A was installed this week and the battery for B, next week.
05.12.06 - Technicians completed state-of-health testing of the two STEREO spacecraft this week, following their May 3 arrival in Florida. Individual system checkout is under way.
04.19.06 - At Vandenberg Air Force Base, officials conducted a launch countdown dress rehearsal for CALIPSO/CloudSat and fueled the Delta II second stage with storable hypergolic propellants.
04.12.06 - NASA transported CALIPSO and CloudSat from the Astrotech payload processing facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., to the launch complex on April 8.
04.05.06 - Technicians are preparing both CALIPSO and CloudSat for the April 7 installation into the environmentally controlled payload transportation canister at Vandenberg Air Force Base.
03.17.06 - The weather outlook is generally favorable for a launch attempt of Space Technology 5 on March 22. Testing and troubleshooting on the Pegasus rocket is under way.
03.10.06 - The Pegasus rocket with Space Technology 5 was transported today from the hangar to the L-1011 ramp area next to the runway on north Vandenberg Air Force Base.
03.01.06 - The ST5 launch has been rescheduled to March 14 based on the availability of the range. A review of data from the spacecraft's separation system indicates it will function as designed.
02.22.06 - The ST5 launch has been rescheduled to no earlier than March 6. The delay allows time for review of data from the spacecraft's separation system to ensure it will function when intended during the flight.
02.17.06 - Closeouts are complete on the Space Technology 5 spacecraft as it awaits launch Feb. 28 on a Pegasus XL rocket at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
02.10.06 - Flight Simulation No. 4, an integrated test with the ST5 spacecraft and the Pegasus rocket, was completed Wednesday.
02.03.06 - The Space Technology 5 spacecraft is being mated to the Pegasus XL rocket today in the Orbital Sciences hangar at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
01.27.06 - In the Orbital Sciences hangar at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., mating of the three Pegasus XL stages for the Space Technology 5 mission has been completed.
01.12.06 - The Flight Readiness Review for the New Horizons launch to Pluto was successfully completed today at the Kennedy Space Center and launch was officially set for Jan. 17.
01.06.06 - The borescope inspection of the Atlas V RP-1 propellant tank for the New Horizons launch to Pluto was successfully completed this week, and no defects were observed.