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Joe Pally
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George H. Diller
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April 5, 2006
NASA Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report: E06-011
Mission: Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation and CloudSat (CALIPSO/CloudSat)
Launch Site: NASA's Space Launch Complex 2, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
Launch Vehicle: Boeing Delta II
Launch Date: April 21, 2006
Launch Time: 6:02:08 a.m. EDT

NASA successfully completed a flight simulation of the Delta II rocket on April 4 at Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

Technicians are preparing both CALIPSO and CloudSat for the April 7 installation into the environmentally controlled payload transportation canister.

Transportation from the payload processing facility to the launch complex is scheduled for the pre-dawn hours of April 8. Upon arrival, the payload will be hoisted and mated to the Delta II.

The Flight Program Verification, an integrated electrical and mechanical flight test involving the Delta II and the CALIPSO/CloudSat payload, is planned for April 11. Installation of the launch vehicle ordnance will follow on April 13. CALIPSO/CloudSat payload closeouts are scheduled for April 13 and will be followed by installation of the fairing around the spacecraft on April 14-15. Previous status reports are available on the Web at:

For information about these programs, visit:


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