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The Delta II rocket is loaded with approximately 10,000 gallons of kerosene fuel before launch.


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Swift Launch Pad Activities

11.18.04

18 November 2004
Retraction of the mobile service tower, the gantry surrounding the Delta II, is scheduled to occur at 3 a.m. on Saturday. Loading of RP-1, a highly refined kerosene fuel, aboard the first stage, is scheduled to begin at approximately 9:40 a.m. on Saturday. Loading of the cryogenic liquid oxygen into the first stage will begin approximately one hour later.

10 November 2004
Loading of liquid oxygen aboard the Delta first stage was performed on Oct. 21 to check for leaks. This also serves as a "minus count" crew certification exercise for the launch team. On Oct. 22, a Flight Simulation was conducted. This is a "plus count" flight events test verifying the operation of the vehicle's systems during powered flight. Testing of the guidance system aboard the Boeing Delta II rocket was completed on Oct. 20.

21 October 2004
Today at Pad 17-A, a loading of liquid oxygen aboard the Delta first stage is being performed to check for leaks. This also serves as a "minus count" crew certification exercise for the launch team. Friday, Oct. 22, a Flight Simulation is scheduled. This is a "plus count" flight events test to very the operation of the vehicle's systems during powered flight. Testing of the guidance system aboard the Boeing Delta II rocket was completed Wednesday, Oct. 20.

13 October 2004
At Pad 17-A, the first major power-on testing of the Boeing Delta II launch vehicle is now under way. The stacking of the first stage on the pad occurred Oct. 1, followed by attachment of the three strap-on solid rocket boosters on Oct. 2. The payload fairing was lifted into the clean room of the mobile service tower on Oct. 4. The second stage was hoisted into position atop the first stage on Oct. 8.

7 October 2004
The stacking of the Boeing Delta II first stage on Pad 17-A occurred Oct. 1, followed by attachment of the three strap-on solid rocket boosters on Oct. 2. The payload fairing was lifted into the clean room of the mobile service tower on Oct. 4. The second stage will be hoisted into position atop the first stage once the wind at the launch pad falls within allowable limits.

30 September 2004
Due to Hurricane Jeanne, the launch of Swift has been retargeted to occur no earlier than Nov. 2. Integrated schedules involving the launch of Swift from Pad 17-A and the pending launch of an Air Force Global Positioning Satellite from Pad 17-B are now being developed. A firm launch date for Swift should be known next week.

The start of stacking of the Boeing Delta II first stage on Pad 17-A has been rescheduled for Friday, Oct. 1, due to Hurricane Jeanne. Attachment of the three strap-on solid rocket boosters is scheduled for Oct. 2. The payload fairing will be lifted into the clean room of the mobile service tower on Oct. 4. The second stage will be hoisted into position atop the first stage on Oct. 5.

22 September 2004
The start of stacking of the Boeing Delta II first stage on Pad 17-A has been rescheduled for Thursday, September 23 due to higher than allowable wind at the launch complex. Attachment of the three strap-on solid rocket boosters is scheduled for Sept. 24. The second stage will be hoisted into position atop the first stage on Sept. 25.

17 September 2004
The stacking of the Boeing Delta II launch vehicle on Pad 17-A has been rescheduled to begin on Tuesday, Sept. 21 with the hoisting of the first stage onto the launch pad. Attachment of the three strap-on solid rocket boosters is scheduled for Sept. 22. The payload fairing will be lifted inside the clean room with the mobile service tower on Sept. 23. The second stage will be hoisted into position atop the first stage on Sept. 25.

1 September 2004
The stacking of the Boeing Delta II launch vehicle on Pad 17-A has been postponed until after Hurricane Frances passes.

27 August 2004
The stacking of the Boeing Delta II launch vehicle on Pad 17-A will begin on Sept. 1 with the hoisting of the first stage into the pad launcher mechanism. Attachment of the three strap-on solid rocket boosters is scheduled to begin Sept. 2. The second stage will be hoisted into position atop the first stage on Sept. 7. The payload fairing will be lifted inside the clean room within the mobile service tower on Sept. 8.


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