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
Twin solar arrays were attached to the GLAST spacecraft on Thursday, March 20. A solar array deployment test is under way today and will be followed by a solar array illumination test on April 2. A continuation of the spacecraft comprehensive performance tests is planned for next week. This will include end-to-end communications testing through the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) system.
At Pad 17-B on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, buildup of the Delta II rocket will begin Monday, March 24, with the hoisting of the first stage. Work to attach the nine strap-on solid rocket boosters will follow, continuing throughout the week. Stacking of the second stage is currently planned for April 3.
Previous status reports are available on the Web at: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/launchingrockets/status/2008
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