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NASA’s Radiation Belt Storm Probes Arrive at Kennedy Space Center
NASA's twin Radiation Belt Storm Probe spacecraft are shown here in their protective shipping containers as they are unloaded from a United States Air Force C-17 at Kennedy Space Center, Fla. on the morning of May 1, 2012. RBSP is scheduled to begin its mission of exploration of Earth's Van Allen Radiation Belts and the extremes of space weather after launch, scheduled for August 23, 2012. Credit: JHU/APL
NASA's twin Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) safely arrived today at 7:54 a.m. EDT at the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., where they are scheduled for an August launch to begin their mission to study the extremes of space weather.
Just after 10:30 p.m. EDT on Monday, April 30, the RBSP spacecraft departed the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Md., where they were built for NASA, packed in custom-made shipping containers. They arrived at Andrews Air Force Base, where a United States Air Force C-17 cargo plane waited to transport them to Kennedy on May 1 for the start of launch processing.
Over the next several weeks, engineers and scientists from APL will prepare RBSP for launch in Florida. Other team members will continue to test the spacecraft's key operating systems remotely from the RBSP Mission Operations Center at APL.
Applied Physics Laboratory