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Katherine Trinidad
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-3749)

George H. Diller
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
(Phone: 321/867-2468)

Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report
MISSION: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
LAUNCH VEHICLE: Lockheed Martin Atlas V 401
LAUNCH PAD: Space Launch Complex 41
LAUNCH SITE: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS), Florida
LAUNCH DATE: August 10, 2005
LAUNCH WINDOW: 7:54 to 9:39 a.m. (EDT)

The MRO spacecraft has been mated with the Atlas V for the last phase of launch preparations. This will be the first government civil launch of an Atlas V. The launch vehicle will perform an Integrated Systems Test (IST) later today to verify electrical compatibility. The final stages of the launch campaign begin with the Flight Readiness Review on Aug. 4, and the Launch Readiness Review is Aug. 8.


MISSION: Cloud-Aerosol Lidar & Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation/CloudSat (CALIPSO/CloudSat)
LAUNCH VEHICLE: Boeing Delta 7420 DPAF
LAUNCH PAD: Space Launch Complex 2
LAUNCH SITE: Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB), California
LAUNCH DATE: September 29, 2005

The CloudSat team returns to VAFB later today to begin battery reconditioning. The CALIPSO team returns to VAFB August 8 for launch processing.

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