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2009 Status Reports

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    12.23.09 - The Centaur upper stage, the second stage of the Atlas V rocket scheduled to launch NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, was transported from the hangar at the Atlas Spaceflight Operations Center (ASOC), to the Vertical Integration Facility located at Launch Complex 41.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    12.18.09 - At the Astrotech payload processing facility, Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) solar arrays were inspected and cleaned.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    12.01.09 - At Space Launch Complex 2, work to install the Delta II payload fairing around NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) spacecraft was completed as planned on Nov. 25.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    11.24.09 - NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) spacecraft was transported from the Astrotech payload processing facility to Space Launch Complex 2 on Nov. 20.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    11.17.09 - The launch of NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) aboard the Delta II is being rescheduled by approximately two days. A launch date of Dec. 9 currently is under review.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    11.06.09 - Testing has been conducted successfully on the Tracking & Data Relay Satellite transmitter that will be used on the Delta II rocket for the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer launch.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    10.30.09 - Build-up of the Delta II rocket at Space Launch Complex 2 was completed last week as planned.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    10.16.09 - At the Astrotech payload processing facility on north Vandenberg, work has been under way this week to set up the necessary ground support equipment for loading of the cryogenic hydrogen which will be used to supercool the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    10.09.09 - At the Astrotech payload processing facility on north Vandenberg, Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) spacecraft testing is complete.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    10.02.09 - At the Astrotech payload processing facility on north Vandenberg, WISE spacecraft processing is going well and continues on schedule. The spacecraft instrument closeouts are under way.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    09.18.09 - To accommodate readiness of the STSS Demo spacecraft, the launch of the Delta II has been rescheduled for no earlier than Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 8 a.m. EDT. The launch window is 60 minutes in duration.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    09.11.09 - The Space Tracking and Surveillance System - Demonstrators Program spacecraft Interface Verification Test with the Delta II rocket and the spacecraft functional test that followed are both complete.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    09.04.09 - Prelaunch preparations at Pad 17B for the Space Tracking and Surveillance System - Demonstrators Program are going well and are on schedule.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    08.31.09 - The Delta II for launch of the Space Tracking and Surveillance System - Demonstrators Program was powered on last week for state of health checks and associated testing. Configuring of Launch Pad 17-B for launch also is under way.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    08.21.09 - Configuring Launch Pad 17-B on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station for launch of the Space Tracking and Surveillance System - Demonstrators Program is under way.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    08.17.09 - At Pad 17-B, work has been on hold while the launch team focused on an Air Force Delta II on adjacent Pad 17-A. The vehicle launched at 6:35 a.m. EDT with the final Air Force Global Positioning System navigation satellite in the current GPS IIR series. This week the launch team will begin processing for STSS-Demo.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    08.07.09 - Ground support equipment for the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) spacecraft will arrive at Vandenberg on Monday, Aug. 10.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    07.31.09 - At Pad 17-B, no significant work is being undertaken to allow the launch team to work on the Air Force Delta II on adjacent Pad 17-A.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    07.24.09 - At Pad B on Launch Complex 17, liquid oxygen leak checks of the first stage of the Delta II for the STSS-Demo mission were completed successfully on July 20. For this test, the first stage was filled with liquid oxygen during a simulated countdown.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    07.17.09 - At Pad B on Launch Complex 17, liquid oxygen leak checks of the first stage of the Delta II for the STSS-Demo mission are scheduled next week on July 20. For this test, the first stage will be filled with liquid oxygen during a simulated countdown.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    06.23.09 - 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.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    06.12.09 - The Flight Readiness Review for LRO/LCROSS was held on June 10, and at its conclusion, there were no issues or concerns which would preclude a launch next week on June 17.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    06.05.09 - At Launch Complex 41 on June 1, the integrated systems test, an electrical test between the LRO/LCROSS spacecraft and the Atlas V launch vehicle, was completed successfully.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    06.01.09 - Early Thursday morning, the United Launch Alliance team transported the LRO/LCROSS spacecraft from the Astrotech payload processing facility in Titusville, Fla., to the Atlas vertical integration facility at Launch Complex 41.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    05.22.09 - In preparation for the LRO/LCROSS launch at Launch Complex 41, the Atlas V launch vehicle wet dress was successfully completed on May 15.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    05.15.09 - NASA decided to move the LRO/LCROSS from a June 2 window to a June 17 window so as to allow the LCROSS team additional time to mitigate a potential thrust disturbance associated with the Atlas V Centaur fill/drain valves.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    05.08.09 - The GOES-O launch aboard a Delta IV rocket from Space Launch Complex 37 currently is scheduled for no earlier than June 26.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    05.01.09 - At the Astrotech Space Operations Facility, the GOES-O spacecraft is enclosed in the payload fairing. The spacecraft remains in excellent health and is ready to be moved to the launch pad once a launch date has been determined.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    04.24.09 - The GOES-O launch aboard a Delta IV rocket from Space Launch Complex 37 currently is scheduled for no earlier than May 20.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    04.17.09 - Processing continues at Launch Complex 37 for the GOES-O launch. Troubleshooting on the Delta IV rocket after last week's wet dress rehearsal and tanking test revealed a leak in a fitting in the first stage liquid oxygen vent system.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    04.10.09 - At Launch Complex 37, the Delta IV "wet dress rehearsal," a countdown dress rehearsal with the rocket fully fueled, was conducted on April 8 in preparations to launch the GOES-O spacecraft.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    04.03.09 - A partial charging of the GOES-O spacecraft batteries has been performed and a power command functional test of the spacecraft power subsystem has been successfully completed.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    03.27.09 - The GOES-O spacecraft was placed on a special stand on March 22 for propellant functional testing and fueling preparations. A second check with the Delta IV payload attach fitting is planned for March 28.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    03.24.09 - Preparations to prepare the GOES-O weather satellite for launch are going well and are on schedule. Closeouts of the imager, sounder and spacecraft optics were finished last week as planned.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    03.13.09 - The Kepler telescope was launched on March 6, 2009, at 10:49:57.465 p.m. EST. The spacecraft was acquired by the Deep Space Network's Goldstone tracking station in California at 12:11 a.m. on March 7.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    02.27.09 - Engineers are reviewing hardware on the Taurus launch vehicle for commonality with the Delta II rocket carrying the Kepler telescope.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    02.20.09 - At the launch pad on Feb. 18, the Taurus XL launch vehicle upper stack, consisting of stages 1, 2 and 3 with the encapsulated Orbiting Carbon Observatory spacecraft, was hoisted atop Stage 0.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    02.16.09 - The launch of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory has been rescheduled by one day to Feb. 24.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    02.06.09 - The United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket carrying the NOAA-N Prime weather satellite launched at 2:22 a.m. PST after two consecutive days of launch scrubs.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    01.30.09 - The Flight Readiness Review for the Delta II and NOAA-N Prime was successfully completed Jan. 29.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    01.23.09 - The Flight Program Verification, an integrated test of the Delta II and NOAA-N Prime, was successfully completed Jan. 22.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    01.16.09 - In the early morning hours of Jan. 15, the NOAA-N Prime spacecraft was transported from the Building 1610 payload processing facility to Space Launch Complex 2.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    01.06.09 - Testing has been successfully completed on the solar array harness of NOAA-N Prime. Though no fault indications in the harness were found, two wires were disconnected to remove a possible "sneak circuit" electrical path.

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