Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report
Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter/Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LRO/LCROSS) Launch Vehicle:
Atlas V Launch Pad:
Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Launch Date:
June 18, 2009
At Complex 41 on June 18, LRO/LCROSS was launched successfully by the Atlas V rocket. Liftoff was at 5:32:00.1 p.m. EDT. LRO separated from LCROSS as planned 46 minutes after liftoff. The Centaur upper stage was turned over to LCROSS for mission operations slightly under four hours after launch at approximately 9:05 p.m. EDT. Mission:
Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES-O) Launch Vehicle:
Delta IV Launch Pad:
Launch Complex 37, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Launch Date:
June 26, 2009 Launch Window:
6:14 - 7:14 p.m. EDT
Atop the Delta IV rocket at Launch Complex 37, GOES-O spacecraft closeouts for launch now are occurring. Final spacecraft battery charging is under way and should be complete Wednesday. A launch countdown dress rehearsal was performed Monday.
NASA has contracted with Boeing to build and launch the GOES-O spacecraft. The NASA Launch Services Program at Kennedy is supporting the launch in an advisory role. NASA spacecraft project management for GOES-O is the responsibility of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. After launch, once Boeing and NASA have completed on-orbit checkout and the spacecraft is operational, it will be turned over to NOAA.
Previous status reports are available at: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/launchingrockets/status/index.html
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