George Diller Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
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Feb. 3, 2006
NASA Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report: E06-004
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.
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:
- 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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