George H. Diller
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
Mission: STEREO (Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory)
Launch Pad: 17-B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
Launch Vehicle: Boeing Delta II
Launch Date: Oct. 25, 2006
Launch Time: 8:38 - 8:53 p.m. EDT
STEREO 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. Functional testing of the twin observatories is under way. A compatibility test with the Deep Space Network is also scheduled for today.
The Delta II Flight Program Verification, a complete integrated electrical and mechanical test with STEREO and the rocket, is scheduled for Oct. 16. This involves a launch countdown (minus count) and the launch vehicle flight events (plus count). The spacecraft is scheduled to be encapsulated in the fairing on Oct. 19.
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