Mission Timeline


    October 1999 -- NASA selects Swift as one of two missions in NASA's medium-class Explorer (MIDEX) program.

    April 2001 -- NASA announces plans to exercise a contract option with the Boeing Company for a Delta II 7320-10 expendable launch vehicle to launch the Swift Gamma-ray Burst Explorer spacecraft.

    September 2002 -- The Swift spacecraft is delivered to Goddard Space Flight Center.

    August 2004 -- The Swift spacecraft arrives at Hangar AE at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida to prepare for launch.

    November 15, 2004 -- Science and Spacecraft Overview
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    November 16, 2004 -- Launch Operations Overview
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    November 20, 2004 -- Swift successfully launched at 12:16:00.611 p.m. EST
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