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2011 Status Reports

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    12.02.11 - This is the final Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report. Further status will be provided on a regular basis at Kennedy's social media sites.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    11.18.11 - The Flight Readiness Review for the Mars Science Laboratory was conducted Friday in the mission briefing room at NASA's Kennedy Space Center.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    11.10.11 - The Flight Readiness Review for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory will be held on Nov. 18. Closeouts of the spacecraft and the Atlas V fairing are scheduled to follow on Nov. 19.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    11.03.11 - The Mars Science Laboratory was moved from NASA Kennedy Space Center's Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility (PHSF) to Space Launch Complex 41 during the early morning of Nov. 3 and hoisted atop the Atlas V.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    10.25.11 - At Vandenberg Air Force Base, the Flight Readiness Review for the launch of the NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP) spacecraft aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket was successfully completed on Oct. 21.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    10.19.11 - The launch of the NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP) spacecraft aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base has been retargeted for Friday, Oct. 28.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    10.14.11 - At Vandenberg Air Force Base, the NPP spacecraft was moved from the Astrotech payload processing facility to NASA's Space Launch Complex 2 on Oct. 13 and hoisted atop the Delta II rocket.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    10.04.11 - At Vandenberg Air Force Base, the launch of the NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP) spacecraft has been rescheduled to Oct. 27.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    09.30.11 - At Vandenberg Air Force Base, instrument inspection and cleaning of the NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP) spacecraft have been completed.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    09.21.11 - At Vandenberg Air Force Base, instrument inspection and cleaning of the NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP) spacecraft are under way and preparations for fueling the spacecraft have started.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    09.12.11 - With the successful launch of GRAIL at Cape Canaveral, United Launch Alliance team members will be returning to Vandenberg to resume testing of the Delta II for the NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP) mission at NASA's Space Launch Complex 2.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    08.31.11 - GRAIL was moved from the Astrotech payload processing facility in Titusville to Pad 17B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Aug. 18 and hoisted atop the Delta II rocket.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    08.15.11 - The Juno spacecraft was launched successfully aboard the Atlas V rocket on Aug. 5, 2011, at 12:25:00.146 p.m. EDT. The spacecraft is in good shape and planned post-launch system verifications and state-of-health checks are under way.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    08.03.11 - During the overnight hours of July 27, the Juno spacecraft was transported from the Astrotech payload processing facility near Kennedy Space Center to Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. It officially was declared to be atop the Atlas V rocket at 10:42 a.m.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    07.21.11 - At the Astrotech payload processing facility near NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Juno was encapsulated into the Atlas payload fairing on July 18. It will be hoisted onto the payload transporter on July 22.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    07.15.11 - As a precaution, NASA and Juno mission personnel have decided to inspect the quality of Juno's heater elements, and if necessary, repair solder joints connecting the heaters' electrical wires to their mounting surfaces to ensure mission success.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    06.23.11 - At the Astrotech payload processing facility near Kennedy Space Center, Juno's flight software is being installed into the spacecraft's primary computer.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    06.17.11 - At Vandenberg Air Force Base, the United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket with Aquarius/SAC-B was successfully launched from NASA's Space Launch Complex 2 on June 10 at 7:20:13.572 a.m. PDT.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    06.03.11 - At Vandenberg Air Force Base, installation of the Delta II payload fairing around the Aquarius/SAC-D spacecraft was done on May 28. Spacecraft battery charging is under way.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    05.27.11 - At Vandenberg Air Force Base, the Aquarius/SAC-D spacecraft was moved on May 20 from the payload processing facility on south Vandenberg to NASA's Space Launch Complex 2 on north Vandenberg and hoisted atop the Delta II rocket.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    05.19.11 - At Vandenberg Air Force Base, the Aquarius/SAC-D spacecraft was installed into its transportation canister and placed on the spacecraft transporter.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    05.12.11 - At Vandenberg Air Force Base, loading the Aquarius/SAC-D spacecraft with its attitude control propellant was done May 11. Thursday, the spacecraft is being mated to the payload attach fitting.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    05.05.11 - At Vandenberg Air Force Base, the solar array for the Aquarius/SAC-D spacecraft was installed on April 28, and a deployment test was successfully conducted on April 29.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    04.22.11 - At Vandenberg Air Force Base, the Aquarius/SAC-D spacecraft has completed end-to-end communications system testing.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    04.14.11 - At Vandenberg Air Force Base, the Aquarius/SAC-D spacecraft is undergoing Limited Performance Tests including the SAC-D service platform, the Aquarius science instrument, and the SAC-D instruments.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    04.08.11 - At Vandenberg Air Force Base, the Aquarius/SAC-D spacecraft arrived from South America aboard an Air Force C-17 cargo aircraft on March 30.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    02.17.11 - At Vandenberg Air Force Base, the fully integrated "upper stack," consisting of the encapsulated Glory spacecraft with Stages 1, 2 and 3, was hoisted atop the Taurus XL Stage 0 on the launch pad Feb. 15.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    02.10.11 - On Feb. 5, the encapsulated Glory spacecraft was transported from the Astrotech payload processing facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base to the launch pad and electrically mated horizontally with the Taurus XL third stage.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    02.03.11 - At the Astrotech payload processing facility on north Vandenberg Air Force Base, prelaunch processing of the Glory spacecraft continues. Activities to encapsulate the satellite into the payload fairing are under way.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    01.27.11 - At the Astrotech payload processing facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base, prelaunch processing of the Glory spacecraft continues. Fueling of the spacecraft with its attitude control propellant is complete.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    01.21.11 - At the Astrotech payload processing facility on north Vandenberg Air Force Base, pre-launch testing of Glory continues. The "limited performance tests" and a solar array illumination test have been completed.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    01.17.11 - The Glory spacecraft arrived Jan. 11 at the Astrotech payload processing facility on north Vandenberg Air Force Base in California to begin processing and prelaunch checkout.

  • Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

    01.07.11 - Stages 1, 2 and 3 of the Taurus XL rocket for NASA's Glory mission have now been fully integrated. They were placed on the transportation trailer this week in preparation for moving to Pad 576-E on north Vandenberg Air Force Base.

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