Kennedy News

George H. Diller
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

May 22, 2002
Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report
Mission: NOAA-M Polar Orbiter
Launch Vehicle: USAF Titan II
Launch Location: 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 smoothly. The Combined Systems Test is under way today.

The NOAA-M spacecraft processing has been completed, and the satellite will be installed into its payload canister tomorrow in preparation for being moved to Space Launch Complex 4 West. The spacecraft will be erected top the Titan II on May 30. Work to install the payload fairing around the satellite atop the rocket will begin on June 8 and be complete on June 13.

Mission: 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, spacecraft Mission Operations testing concluded successfully on Tuesday, and today, CONTOUR was mated to its solid propellant apogee kick motor. Next week, the solar arrays will be installed and light-tested. On June 4-5, there will be a final test of the CONTOUR science instruments. The spacecraft will then be placed on a spin table for an initial spin test before fuel is loaded aboard. Fueling is currently scheduled for June 7-8. A second spin test with the spacecraft fully fueled will then be conducted.

The Boeing Delta II launch vehicle second stage arrived at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Monday, April 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 April 15 and is at Hangar M.

At Space Launch Complex 17, erection of the Delta booster will begin next week on Tuesday, May 28. The pre-vehicle-on-stand (Pre-VOS) review was completed yesterday at the Boeing facility in Huntington Beach, Calif., without any significant issues or concerns.

Mission: Galaxy Evolution Explorer
Launch Vehicle: Pegasus XL
Launch Pad: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
Launch Date: August 14, 2002 NET
Launch Window: 7:50 - 9:50 a.m. EDT

The launch of GALEX has been rescheduled by approximately two weeks to allow time for the spacecraft to complete processing at the Orbital Space Systems Group spacecraft facility in Dulles, Va.

At Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, the Orbital Sciences Pegasus XL will also need some additional time to complete processing that allows for resolution of a concern with the vehicle's thrust vector control system.

Arrival of GALEX at KSC is now tentatively planned to occur on June 25 and arrival of the Pegasus XL is being anticipated for July 11.

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