George H. Diller
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
Mission: Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO)
Launch Site: 17-B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
Launch Vehicle: Boeing Delta II
Launch Date: July 22, 2006
Launch Times: 3:11 - 3:13 p.m. and 4:19 - 4:34 p.m. EDT
Technicians are testing individual STEREO systems on both the "A" and "B" spacecraft. The flight battery for spacecraft A was installed this week. Technicians are expected to install the battery for spacecraft B next week. In addition to testing, upcoming work planned over the next few weeks includes solar array installation and integration of the high-gain communications antenna.
The build-up of the Delta II rocket at Pad 17-B is currently scheduled to begin on June 1 with the first stage. Pad workers will start to erect the nine solid rocket boosters on June 2. The second stage will be hoisted into position and mated to the first stage on June 20. The crew will raise the 10-foot fairing into the pad clean room on June 21.
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