George Diller Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
(Phone: (321) 867-2468)
Jan. 12, 2006
NASA Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report: E06-002
New Horizons LAUNCH VEHICLE:
Lockheed Martin Atlas V 551 (AV-010) LAUNCH PAD:
Complex 41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. LAUNCH DATE:
Jan. 17, 2006 LAUNCH WINDOW:
1:24 p.m. - 3:23 p.m. EST
- Flight Readiness Review completed today at NASA's Kennedy Space Center.
- Spacecraft closeouts conclude tomorrow; payload test team conducts spacecraft electrical tests Saturday, and the fairing access doors will be closed for flight.
- Rollout of the Atlas V from the Vertical Integration Facility is scheduled Monday at 10:30 a.m. EST. The storable propellant tank will be loaded onboard the Atlas first stage tank Monday afternoon.
- On Tuesday at 10:39 a.m., Pad 41 will be cleared for cryogenic fueling operations scheduled to begin at 11:24 a.m. EST.
Space Technology 5 (ST5) Launch Vehicle:
Orbital Sciences Pegasus XL Launch Date:
Feb. 28, 2006 Launch Window:
8:57 a.m. – 10:19 a.m. EST
- Mating of the Pegasus second and third stage is tentatively scheduled for tomorrow; mating of the first and second stage is planned for Monday.
- Pegasus Flight Simulation No. 2 is scheduled for Jan. 25 - 26. Flight Simulation No. 1 was successfully completed last week.
- ST5 thermal blanket closeouts completed today. A limited spacecraft functional test is scheduled tomorrow, and the payload will be weighed.
Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation and CloudSat (CALIPSO/CloudSat) Launch Vehicle:
Boeing Delta 7420 with Dual Payload Attach Fitting Launch Pad:
Space Launch Complex 2, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Launch Date:
No Earlier Than February 2006 Launch Window:
- CALIPSO and CloudSat are installed in the Dual Payload Attach Fitting at the Astrotech payload processing facilities on north Vandenberg. They will remain there until a launch date is determined and they are prepared for transporting to the launch complex. Spacecraft battery charging is being performed as necessary.
- Further Delta II preparations at the launch pad are on hold until the CALIPSO/CloudSat payloads arrive for installation atop the second stage.
Previous status reports are available on the Web at:
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