Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report
Glory Launch Vehicle:
Taurus XL 3110 Launch Site:
Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Launch Date:
November 22, 2010 Launch Time:
2:09 a.m. PST Altitude/Inclination:
440 miles/98.2 degrees
The Taurus rocket is in Orbital Sciences Hangar 1555 located on north Vandenberg Air Force Base. Since its arrival last week, the Taurus XL "0" stage solid rocket motor receiving inspections have been completed and processing is under way.
Range Safety System equipment installation and interface checkout on the vehicle is under way today. Installation of the UHF communications antenna continues. On Stage 1, thrust vector control system installation is scheduled for next week. Work to finish ordnance installation on the second stage will be done the week of June 28.
At the pad, initial checkout of the launch pad power system is complete.
The Glory spacecraft is currently scheduled to arrive at Vandenberg on Oct. 12 to begin processing for launch.
Data from the Glory mission will allow scientists to better understand the Earth's energy budget. An accurate description of the Earth's energy budget is important in order to anticipate future changes to our climate. Shifts in the global climate and the associated weather patterns impact human life by altering landscapes and changing the availability of natural resources. The Aerosol Polarimetry Sensor instrument will measure aerosols (human-caused and naturally occurring) to determine their relative influence on the global climate. The Total Irradiance Monitor instrument will monitor the Sun to understand short- term solar mechanisms causing energy budget changes and will contribute to the vital long-term solar record.
Previous status reports are available at: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/launchingrockets/status/index.html
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