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January 12, 2006
NASA Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report: E06-002

MISSION: 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.

Mission: 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.

Mission: 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: TBD

  • 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.

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