Kennedy News

George H. Diller
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

September 14, 1995
Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

The launch of Delta/RADARSAT for the Canadian Space Agency originally scheduled to occur from NASA's Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California has been rescheduled for no earlier than Oct. 18, 1995. The additional time to prepare for launch is necessary to implement the findings and recommendations of the Koreasat anomaly board which were released today by McDonnell Douglas. To assure confidence in the Delta II launch vehicle it will be necessary to remove the solid rocket boosters in order to perform the corrective actions. They will be replaced with a modified set.


The launch of Delta/XTE for NASA from Launch Complex 17 at Cape Canaveral is expected to occur no earlier than Nov. 8. For the same reason, the solid rocket boosters will be removed for re-work.

New schedules for the Delta II launch processing and the associated solid rocket booster repair and confidence work are being developed for each of these missions. New processing schedules for the RADARSAT and XTE spacecraft, which are currently in NASA spacecraft checkout hangars at Vandenberg Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral respectively, are presently being developed to support the upcoming activities.

Firm launch dates for this pair of upcoming launches will become more clear after work is under way. The launch date for NASA's POLAR spacecraft on Dec. 9 remains unchanged.


The launch of the European Space Agency's Solar Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) aboard an Atlas IIAS rocket from Launch Complex 36 at Cape Canaveral has been rescheduled to occur between Nov. 23 and Nov. 27. This will allow additional time to perform some re-work to the spacecraft's reaction wheels, providing additional confidence in the spacecraft's reliability and longevity. SOHO is currently in the SAEF-2 spacecraft checkout facility at KSC. The Atlas IIAS booster manufactured by Lockheed Martin is scheduled to arrive at Cape Canaveral by C-5 aircraft on Friday, Sept. 15.

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