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February 3, 2006
NASA Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report: E06-004

Mission: Space Technology 5 (ST5)
Launch Vehicle: Orbital Sciences Pegasus XL
Launch Date: Feb. 28, 2006
Launch Window: 8:57 – 10:19 A.M. EST
Targeted Drop Time: 9:04 a.m. EST

  • The ST5 spacecraft will be mated to the Pegasus XL rocket today in the Orbital Sciences hangar, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
  • Pegasus Flight Simulation No. 4, an integrated test with the ST5 spacecraft, is scheduled for Wednesday.
  • ST5 final functional testing and spacecraft closeouts are scheduled for Feb. 11 and 12.
  • The three-day operation to install the Pegasus vehicle fairing around the ST5 spacecraft is scheduled to begin Feb. 14.

Mission: Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation and CloudSat
Launch Vehicle: Boeing Delta 7420 with Dual Payload Attach Fitting
Launch Pad: Space Launch Complex 2, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
Launch Date: Under Review
Launch Window: TBD

  • The strike against Boeing by the International Association of Machinists was settled this week. A launch timeframe is under review pending resolution of any technical issues.
  • CALIPSO and CloudSat are installed in the Dual Payload Attach Fitting at the Astrotech payload processing facilities on Vandenberg. They will remain there until a new launch date is determined and then be prepared for transportation to NASA's Space Launch Complex 2.
  • Delta II preparations at the launch pad are on hold until the payloads arrive for installation atop the second stage.

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