Kennedy News

George H. Diller
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

Oct. 9, 2009
Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report
Spacecraft: Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
Launch Vehicle: Delta II 7320
Launch Pad: SLC-2, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
Launch Date: Dec. 7, 2009
Launch Window: 6:10 - 6:23 a.m. PST

At the Astrotech payload processing facility on north Vandenberg, WISE spacecraft testing is complete. Work now is beginning to prepare the spacecraft for loading of the cryogenic hydrogen which will be used to supercool the infrared telescope during its six months of observations.

Build-up of the Delta II rocket at Space Launch Complex 2 is scheduled to begin on Oct. 16 with hoisting of the first stage into the launcher.

Spacecraft: Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO)
Launch Vehicle: Atlas V-401
Launch Pad: Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
Launch Date: Feb. 3, 2010
Launch Window: 10:53 - 11:53 a.m. EST

Propulsion system testing and leak checks of the spacecraft are under way. The full observatory comprehensive performance test is complete.

The Atlas rocket first stage booster is set to arrive by air at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Oct. 26, followed by the Centaur upper stage on Oct. 29.

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