Kennedy News

George H. Diller
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

May 15, 2002
Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report
Mission: NOAA-M Polar Orbiter
Launch Vehicle: USAF Titan II
Launch Pad: Space Launch Complex 4 West, Vandenberg Air Force Base
Launch Date: June 24, 2002
Launch Window: 11:22 - 11:32 a.m. PDT

At SLC-4W, the Titan II/G-14 prelaunch preparations continue to progress on schedule. This week the Combined Systems Engine Leak Checks are in work on the first stage and gas generator servicing and verification testing is underway on the second stage. The technical concern with the vehicle's Inertial Measurement Unit has been resolved and work on the vehicle will continue as planned.

The NOAA-M spacecraft arrived at VAFB on Apr. 25 and is at NASA Spacecraft Hangar 1610 on North Vandenberg. The spacecraft's apogee kick motor was installed on Apr. 30. The Spacecraft Electrical Performance and Evaluation Test (SEPET) successfully completed on Wednesday, May 8. Spacecraft processing will be completed this Friday, May 17 and the satellite will be installed into its payload canister on Monday in preparation for being moved to Space Launch Complex 4 West. The spacecraft will be erected top the Titan II on May 30.

The fairing for NOAA-M arrived on May 9 to begin processing at an Air Force facility also located on North Vandenberg.

The Center Director Launch Vehicle Launch Readiness Review is being held today with KSC Center Director Roy Bridges.

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

At SAEF-2, a five-day Contour Mission Simulation is underway using ground station facilities at the MILA tracking station at KSC to connect the spacecraft with the CONTOUR mission operations control center located at the Applied Physics Laboratory in Baltimore, Md. The mission operations team is following a compressed timeline that simulates the flight of CONTOUR, remotely commanding all of the spacecraft's systems and instruments.

The Deep Space Network compatibility test was completed on Friday, May 10 also using facilities located at the MILA tracking station at KSC. This test verifies CONTOUR's ability to communicate with the world-wide system of deep space tracking stations operated by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

The spacecraft has also successfully completed the System Performance Test to verify that all spacecraft systems are functioning to their design capabilities.

The CONTOUR Mission Readiness Review is being held today at the Applied Physics Laboratory in Baltimore.

The Boeing Delta II launch vehicle second stage arrived at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Monday, Apr. 1. It continues to undergo checkout at Delta launch vehicle Hangar AO without any issues or concerns. The Delta first stage arrived at Cape Canaveral on Apr. 15 and is at Hangar M.

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

The science window available to launch CONTOUR is July 1 - July 25.

Mission: Galaxy Evolution Explorer
Launch Vehicle: Pegasus XL
Launch Pad: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
Launch Date: July 30, 2002
Launch Window: 7:50 - 9:50 a.m. EDT

The Galex spacecraft is at the Orbital Space Systems Group spacecraft facility in Dulles, Virginia. Environmental testing is complete and preparations continue for a mid-June delivery to KSC.

At Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, the Pegasus launch vehicle's fin activation system is being installed this week. The installation of the avionics battery is also being performed. Fairing preparations are also in work. Testing of the Pegasus vehicle continues in preparation for delivery to KSC in late June.

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