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George H. Diller
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

May 9, 2008
Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report
Mission: GLAST (Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope)
Location: Astrotech payload processing facility
Launch Vehicle: Delta II 7920-H (United Launch Alliance)
Launch Pad: 17-B
Launch Date: No Earlier Than June 3, 2008
Launch Window: 11:45 a.m. - 1:40 p.m. EDT

NASA management currently is targeting no earlier than June 3 for the liftoff of GLAST atop a Delta II rocket.

At Pad 17-B on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, a cryogenic test of the Delta II first stage was conducted May 7. This test included a countdown and the loading aboard of liquid oxygen as a leak check of the first stage. Yesterday a Simulated Flight Test was performed exercising the onboard vehicle systems of the Delta II from liftoff through spacecraft separation. At Astrotech, the spacecraft is in the hazardous processing facility and fueling is scheduled for this weekend.

Mission: OSTM/Jason-2
Location: Astrotech payload processing facility, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
Launch Vehicle: Delta II 7320 (United Launch Alliance)
Launch Pad: Space Launch Complex 2, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
Launch Date: June 15, 2008
Launch Window: 1:47 - 1:56 a.m. PDT

At the Astrotech payload processing facility on north Vandenberg, testing of OSTM/Jason-2 is under way and will continue during the next week. Closeouts of the thermal blankets are beginning. Fueling of the satellite with its hydrazine control propellant is planned for May 17. The spacecraft is currently scheduled to go to the launch pad on June 2.

At Space Launch Complex 2, the Delta II is powered on for electrical testing. Cryogenic testing is scheduled for May 19.

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