Kennedy News

George H. Diller
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

June 5, 2009
Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report
Mission: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter/Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LRO/LCROSS)
Launch Vehicle: Atlas V
Launch Pad: Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
Launch Date: June 17, 2009
Launch Time: 3:51 p.m. EDT

At Launch Complex 41 on June 1, the integrated systems test, an electrical test between the LRO/LCROSS spacecraft and the Atlas V launch vehicle, was completed successfully.

On June 2, an integrated launch vehicle/spacecraft telemetry test was conducted successfully to verify that the LRO/LCROSS state of health parameters within this data stream can be fully monitored.

On June 3, launch vehicle ordnance operations were performed.

Mission: Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES-O)
Launch Vehicle: Delta IV
Launch Pad: Launch Complex 37, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
Launch Date: June 26, 2009
Launch Window: 6:14 - 7:14 p.m. EDT

At the Astrotech Space Operations Facility, the GOES-O spacecraft is enclosed in the payload fairing and is ready to be moved to the launch pad on the night of June 7. It will be hoisted for mating atop the Delta IV rocket on the morning of June 8. The Flight Program Verification, an integrated countdown electrical test involving both the Delta IV and GOES-O, is scheduled for June 11.

Testing of the redesigned linear shape charge for the Delta IV flight termination system is currently planned to be completed next week.

NASA has contracted with Boeing to build and launch the GOES-O spacecraft. The NASA Launch Services Program at Kennedy is supporting the launch in an advisory role. NASA spacecraft project management for GOES-O is the responsibility of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. After launch, once Boeing and NASA have completed on-orbit checkout and the spacecraft is operational, it will be turned over to NOAA.

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