Kennedy News

George H. Diller
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

April 10, 2002
Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report
Mission: Earth Observing System Aqua Observatory
Launch Vehicle: Delta II 7920-10L
Launch Pad: Space Launch Complex 2, Vandenberg Air Force Base
Launch Date: No earlier than April 28, 2002
Launch Window: 2:54:58 - 3:04:58 a.m. PDT

The Aqua spacecraft remains at the Spaceport Systems International (SSI) payload processing facility located on South Vandenberg Air Force Base. Aqua fueling activities were completed on April 1. Due to difficulties mating the spacecraft to the payload attach fitting (PAF), the spacecraft is now expected to be transported to SLC-2 and mated to the Delta vehicle no earlier than Monday, April 15.

No significant launch vehicle work is scheduled this week, and the vehicle awaits the Aqua spacecraft. Boeing will conduct a launch site readiness review prior to the spacecraft's arrival.

Due to the changes in the spacecraft processing schedule, launch is now expected to occur no earlier than April 28. A firm date can be identified after the Aqua spacecraft is mated to the Delta booster.

Mission: NOAA-M Polar Orbiter
Launch Vehicle: USAF Titan II
Launch Pad: Space Launch Complex 4 West, Vandenberg Air Force Base
Launch Date: No earlier than June 24, 2002
Launch Window: 11:22 - 11:32 a.m. PDT

At SLC-4W, the Titan II/G-14 launch vehicle's initial "power-on" test was conducted on Tuesday, April 9. The booster was erected on the launch pad Monday, April 1.

The NOAA-M apogee kick motor and the spacecraft ground support and test equipment also arrived on Tuesday, April 9.

The NOAA-M spacecraft is at the Lockheed Martin plant in Sunnyvale, Calif. and is planned for shipment to Vandenberg on April 25. It will be processed at NASA spacecraft hangar 1610 located on North Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Mission: CONTOUR (Comet Nucleus Tour)
Launch Vehicle: Delta II 7425
Launch Pad: Space Launch Complex 17-A, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
Launch Date: July 1, 2002
Launch Window: 2:56:14 - 2:56:26 a.m. EDT

The spacecraft's solid rocket motor arrived at KSC on Tuesday, April 2 and is being processed at SAEF-2 prior to the arrival of CONTOUR. The spacecraft is currently at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. and will arrive at KSC on April 25 to begin final checkout and preparations for launch. The spacecraft's electrical ground support and test equipment will arrive two days prior on April 23.

The launch vehicle second stage arrived at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Monday, April 1 and is undergoing checkout at Delta launch vehicle Hangar AO. The Delta first stage is scheduled to arrive at Cape Canaveral on April 15.

At Space Launch Complex 17, erection of the Delta booster is planned to begin on May 28. A pre-vehicle-on-stand (Pre-VOS) review is scheduled for May 21 at the Boeing facility in Huntington Beach, Calif.

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