Kennedy News

George H. Diller
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

Jan. 19, 1996
Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

NASA managers yesterday approved the schedule for the launches of the upcoming Polar and Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) missions, both to be launched on Delta-II rockets built by McDonnell Douglas. The strategy calls for processing to proceed towards launch on Feb. 2 for Polar at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., (VAFB) and Feb. 16 for NEAR at Cape Canaveral Air Station, Fla., (CCAS).

However, on or before Jan. 26, the management team will again assess the situation based on the readiness of NEAR. If processing on NEAR is on schedule with no known constraints to meet its Feb. 16th launch, the Polar launch will be rescheduled to Feb. 22. Managers explain that since a single Delta launch team is responsible for both launches, there is not sufficient turnaround time to support a Feb. 2 launch on the west coast and a Feb. 16 launch on the east coast. There is no constraint to a Feb. 22 launch of Polar at VAFB and the previously-scheduled launch of the Space Shuttle STS-75 mission from Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

The Polar science briefing will be held Tuesday, Jan. 30, at 2 p.m. EST, at the Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD (GSFC), in the Visitor Center on Soil Conservation Rd. Participants will be:

Dr. Mario Acuna, ISTP/GGS Project Scientist, GSFC
Dr. Robert Hoffman, Deputy Polar Project Scientist, GSFC
Dr. Robert Carovillano, GGS Program Scientist, NASA HQ
Dr. Mary Hudson, Darmouth College, NH
Dr. David Chenette, Lockheed Palo Alto Research Lab, Calif.
Joseph Dezio, Project Manager, Global Geospace Project, GSFC

The NEAR science briefing will be held Tuesday, Feb. 6, at 2 p.m. EST at the NASA Headquarters auditorium, 300 E St., SW, Washington DC (west lobby). Participants will be Dr. John Kerridge, NEAR Program Scientist, NASA HQ; Dr. Andrew Cheng, NEAR Project Scientist, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL) and other panelists to be announced later. Both briefings will be carried live on NASA Television via Spacenet 2 Transponder 5, Channel 9, at 69 degrees west longitude. The frequency is at 3880.0 megahertz, audio at 6.8 megahertz. There will be two-way question and answer capability for reporters covering the briefings from participating NASA centers.

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