Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report
GLAST (Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope) Location:
Astrotech payload processing facility Launch Vehicle:
Delta II 7920-H Launch Pad:
17-B Launch Date:
May 16, 2008 Launch Window:
11:45 a.m. - 1:40 p.m. EDT
Prelaunch preparations are under way on GLAST after the spacecraft's arrival in Florida on March 4. The flight battery has been installed. The "observatory comprehensive performance tests" are now under way. Testing of the various spacecraft systems is occurring this week, including S-band communications, control and data handling systems, the propulsions system and the spacecraft's computers. Instrument testing is scheduled to begin this weekend. Late next week, the two sets of solar arrays are scheduled to be installed.
At Pad 17-B on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, buildup of the Delta II rocket is currently scheduled to begin the week of March 24 with the hoisting of the first stage. Work to attach the nine strap-on solid rocket boosters will follow. Stacking of the second stage is currently planned for the first week of April.
Previous status reports are available on the Web at: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/launchingrockets/status/2008
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