Kennedy News

George H. Diller
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

Oct. 16, 2002
Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report
Mission: Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-J
Launch Vehicle: Lockheed Martin Atlas IIA (AC-144)
Launch Pad: Launch Complex 36-A, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
Launch Date: November 20, 2002
Launch Window: 10:36 - 11:16 p.m. EST

The TDRS-J spacecraft has completed testing at the Boeing Satellite Systems plant in El Segundo, Calif., and is scheduled to arrive at Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility tomorrow, Oct. 17, aboard a C-17 aircraft. The spacecraft ground support equipment arrived at KSC yesterday, Oct. 15.

The Lockheed Martin Atlas IIA launch vehicle arrived at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station from Denver, Colo., on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 8:20 a.m. aboard an Antonov 124 aircraft. The Atlas stage with its Rocketdyne MA-5A two-chamber booster engine and sustainer engine was erected on Pad 36-A on Oct. 9. The Centaur stage with its pair of Pratt and Whitney RL-10 engines was hoisted atop the Atlas on Oct. 11. The initial power application to the vehicle occurred this week on Monday, Oct. 14.

The next major milestone is the Simulated Flight test (SimFlight), an electrical test of the vehicle systems during simulated powered flight from launch through spacecraft separation. To follow will be the vehicle's Wet Dress Rehearsal on Nov. 6, a countdown with the vehicle fully fueled with liquid hydrogen, liquid oxygen and RP-1 propellants. The TDRS-J satellite will be mated with the launch vehicle at the pad on Nov. 12 and followed on Nov. 13 with the Composite Electrical Readiness Test (CERT). This will verify that the vehicle and spacecraft are operating on an integrated basis.

This is the 24th and final Lockheed Martin Atlas IIA model launch vehicle (no solid rocket boosters) and has a 100% success rate.

Mission: Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment
Launch Vehicle: Pegasus XL
Launch Location: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
Launch Date: December 1, 2002
Launch Time: 3:09 - 4:09 p.m. EST T-0: 3:14 p.m. EST

SORCE is at the Orbital Space Systems Group spacecraft facility in Dulles, Va., and has satisfactorily completed space environment tests. The spacecraft is scheduled to arrive at Kennedy Space Center to begin final processing on Oct. 26.

The Orbital Sciences Pegasus XL launch vehicle continues to undergo buildup and testing at Vandenberg Air Force Base. The mating of the three stages was completed yesterday, Oct. 15. Two Flight Simulation tests are scheduled while the vehicle is in California. Flight Simulation No. 1 was successfully completed on Oct. 11 and Flight Simulation No. 2 is under way today, Oct. 16.

The Pegasus is scheduled for ferry to Cape Canaveral using the Orbital Sciences L-1011 aircraft on Oct. 29. Three Flight Simulation tests are also planned at KSC prior to launch and are scheduled to occur on Nov. 1, Nov. 8 and Nov. 18.

Mission: Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite / Cosmic Hot Interstellar Spectrometer
Launch Vehicle: Delta II with Dual Payload Attach Fixture (DPAF)
Launch Pad: SLC-2W, Vandenberg Air Force Base
Launch Date: December 19, 2002 (tentative)
Launch Window: 4:09:32 - 5:32:00 p.m. PST

The ICESAT spacecraft is at the Ball Aerospace Facility in Boulder, Colo. All testing has been successfully completed, and the spacecraft is being prepared for shipment to Vandenberg Air Force Base on Oct. 23.

The CHIPSAT spacecraft arrived at Vandenberg Air Force Base yesterday, Oct. 15, and was taken to the Astrotech Space Operations Payload Processing Facility. The satellite is being powered on today.

The Delta II first and second stages have arrived at Vandenberg after successfully completing checkout at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The booster is scheduled for erection next week beginning Oct. 22 at Space Launch Complex 2 located on North Vandenberg Air Force Base.

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