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Deep Impact Spacecraft Processing Activities
12.14.04
14 December 2004
In processing activities at the Astrotech Space Operations facility located near Kennedy Space Center, the high-gain antenna used for Deep Impact communications with Earth has been installed. The solar array panels have successfully completed an illumination test as a final check of their performance. The flight battery associated with the solar array panels has been installed. Fueling of the spacecraft is scheduled to start on Dec. 19 and be completed on Dec. 22. Mating to the payload attach fitting and upper stage booster occurs Dec. 29 - 30.

9 December 2004
In processing activities at the Astrotech Space Operations facility located near Kennedy Space Center, the high-gain antenna used for Deep Impact communications with Earth is being installed today. The solar array panels successfully completed an illumination test on Wednesday as a final check of their performance. On Friday, Dec. 10, the flight battery will be installed. The solar arrays stowed for flight on Dec. 13.

1 December 2004
In processing activities at the Astrotech Space Operations facility located near Kennedy Space Center, the Deep Impact solar array panels will undergo an illumination test as a final check of performance on Dec. 8. The high-gain antenna used for spacecraft communications will be installed on Dec. 9 and the flight battery will be installed on Dec. 10. Deep Impact will then be ready to begin preparations for fueling, which is scheduled to start on Dec. 16 and be completed on Dec. 19. Mating to the payload attach fitting and upper stage booster occurs Dec. 22 - 23.

24 November 2004
A decision has been made to reschedule the launch of the Deep Impact spacecraft to no earlier than Jan. 8 to allow more time for evaluation of mission software. While there are no significant problems associated with the spacecraft hardware, additional time is necessary to be ready for launch. Spacecraft functional and mission readiness tests continue.

18 November 2004
The high gain antenna used for spacecraft communications will be installed on Nov. 29. The solar array will then be stowed and an illumination test performed as a final check of its performance on Nov. 30. Deep Impact will then be ready to begin preparation for fueling on Dec. 6 and is scheduled to be completed on Dec. 9.

10 November 2004
NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft arrived in Florida on Oct. 23 to begin final preparations for launch on Dec. 30. The spacecraft was shipped from Ball Aerospace & Technologies in Boulder, Colo., to the Astrotech Space Operations facility located near the Kennedy Space Center.

Deep Impact was removed from its shipping container and is undergoing its Functional and Mission Readiness testing, scheduled for completion on Nov. 23. These tests involve the entire spacecraft flight system (including the flyby and impactor, associated science instruments and the spacecraft's basic subsystems), along with loading updated flight software.