Kennedy News

George H. Diller
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

Jan. 22, 2003
Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report
Mission: Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment
Launch Vehicle: Pegasus XL
Launch Pad: Skid Strip, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
Launch Date: January 25, 2003
Launch Window: 3:10 p.m. - 4:08 p.m. EST T-0: 3:14 p.m. EST

In the Multipurpose Payload Processing Facility (MPPF) at KSC, mating of the SORCE spacecraft to the Pegasus launch vehicle occurred on Jan. 5 and the fairing was installed around the spacecraft on Jan. 15. This morning, Jan. 22 at 4:45 a.m. the integrated vehicle left the MPPF and was transported to the runway at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. It arrived there at 6:30 a.m. and the mating to the L-1011 carrier aircraft was completed at 10:30 a.m.

The Combined Systems Test, an integrated test involving the launch vehicle, spacecraft and L-1011 aircraft, is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 23.

Departure of the L-1011 for launch on Saturday, Jan. 25 will be at 2:15 p.m. for a drop targeted to occur within the launch window at 3:14 p.m. EST. The launch window opens at 3:10 p.m. and closes at 4:08 p.m. The drop of the Pegasus will be at an altitude of 39,000 feet over the Atlantic Ocean approximately 100 miles east-southeast of Cape Canaveral.

The SORCE project is managed by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, the spacecraft is built by the Orbital Sciences Space Systems Group, and the instruments are built by the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP).

Mission: Galaxy Evolution Explorer
Launch Vehicle: Pegasus XL
Launch Pad: Skid Strip, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
Launch Date: April 4, 2003
Launch Window: 6:50 - 8:50 a.m. EST

At Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, the Orbital Sciences Pegasus launch vehicle is undergoing testing. It has successfully completed the launch vehicle verification test, flight control phasing, and flight simulation.

The launch vehicle is currently planned ferry to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on the L-1011 aircraft on Feb. 14.

The spacecraft, built for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory by the Orbital Sciences Space Systems Group is also undergoing testing and is currently scheduled to arrive at KSC on Feb. 2.

The GALEX mission is led by the California Institute of Technology.

Mission: Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite / Cosmic Hot Interstellar Plasma Spectrometer
Launch Vehicle: Boeing Delta II with Reduced Height Dual Payload Attach Fitting (DPAF)
Launch Pad: SLC-2W, Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB)
Launch Date: No earlier than January 12, 2003
Launch Window: 4:45 p.m. PST

The launch of ICESat/CHIPSat occurred successfully on Sunday, January 12 at 4:45 p.m. PST. The Boeing Delta II launch vehicle performance was nominal. On-orbit, both ICESat and CHIPSat are operating satisfactorily.

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