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2006 Status Reports

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    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.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    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.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    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.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    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.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    09.27.06 - Engineers reviewed data and determined STEREO's Delta II second stage is ready for processing.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    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.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    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.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    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.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    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.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    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.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    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.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    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.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    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.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    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.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    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.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    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.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    06.16.06 - At the Astrotech Space Operations Facility, testing and prelaunch processing of STEREO continues. Communications testing with the Deep Space Network continues.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    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.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    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.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    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.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    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.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    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.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    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.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    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.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    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.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    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.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    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.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    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.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    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.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    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.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    02.10.06 - Flight Simulation No. 4, an integrated test with the ST5 spacecraft and the Pegasus rocket, was completed Wednesday.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    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.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    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.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    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.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    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.

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