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J.D. Harrington
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George H. Diller
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
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Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report
MISSION: Space Technology 5 (ST5)
LAUNCH VEHICLE: Orbital Sciences Pegasus XL
LAUNCH SITE: Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
LAUNCH DATE: Feb. 28, 2006
LAUNCH WINDOW: 5:57:21 a.m. - 7:19:21 a.m. PST

  • Flight Simulation No. 4, an integrated test with the ST5 spacecraft and the Pegasus rocket, completed Wednesday. The flight termination system, avionics batteries and ST5 logo installed. Final functional testing and spacecraft closeouts scheduled this weekend.

  • The three-day operation to install the Pegasus vehicle fairing around the ST5 starts Tuesday. Pegasus will be mated to its transporter on Feb. 20 and moved to Vandenberg's runway for mating to the Orbital Sciences L-1011 carrier jet aircraft on Feb. 24.

MISSION: Cloud-Aerosol Lidar & Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation/CloudSat (CALIPSO/CloudSat)
LAUNCH VEHICLE: Boeing Delta 7420 with Dual Payload Attach Fitting
LAUNCH PAD: Space Launch Complex 2
LAUNCH SITE: Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
LAUNCH DATE: No earlier than April
LAUNCH WINDOW: When determined, Delta II preparations will resume and payloads transported to the pad for installation.

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