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    NASA EXPENDABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE STATUS REPORT: E05-04

    + Mission: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) Launch Vehicle: Lockheed Martin Atlas V 401 Launch Pad: Space Launch Complex 41 (SLC-41), Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS), Fla.
    Launch Date: August 10, 2005
    Launch Window: 7:53:58 to 9:53:58 a.m. (EDT)

    Power-on testing continues to go well. The high-gain antenna will be installed Friday. The solar arrays are being cleaned and inspected in preparation for installation; planned for June 28.

    On June 17, the Centaur upper stage for the Atlas V was transported from the hangar at the Atlas Space Operations Center to the Vertical Integration Facility (VIF) at SLC-41. It was hoisted atop the Atlas stage to begin checkout.

    The Launch Vehicle Readiness Test is under way. A countdown wet dress rehearsal with the launch vehicle fully fueled is scheduled in early July.

    The MRO will be transported from the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at KSC to the VIF in late July. It will join the Atlas V for the final phase of launch preparations. The spacecraft will undergo a functional test, a final week of integrated testing and closeouts.

    The MRO mission is managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif., for the agency's Science Mission Directorate. Lockheed Martin Space Systems is the prime contractor for the project and will provide launch services for the mission with International Launch Services.

    + Mission: CALIPSO/CloudSat
    Launch Vehicle: Boeing Delta II 7420 DPAF Launch Pad: Space Launch Complex 2 (SLC2), Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB), Calif.
    Launch Date: No Earlier Than August 22, 2005

    The Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation (CALIPSO) spacecraft completed comprehensive checkout on June 17. Atmospheric testing of the spacecraft's laser was completed June 15. CloudSat is undergoing a battery trickle charge, which will be followed by about one week of battery reconditioning. Technicians are also performing some additional spacecraft testing.

    On June 14, the stacking of the Boeing Delta II at SLC2 began with the hoisting of the first stage into the launcher. Attachment of the four strap-on solid rocket boosters is under way.

    CALIPSO and CloudSat are highly complementary and together will provide never-before-seen, 3-D perspectives of how clouds and aerosols form, evolve, and affect weather and climate. CALIPSO and CloudSat will fly in formation with three other satellites in the A-train constellation to enable an even greater understanding of our climate system from the broad array of sensors on these other spacecraft.

    As a part of the NASA Earth System Science Pathfinder program, CALIPSO is a collaborative effort with the French space agency Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales, Ball Aerospace, Hampton University, Va. and France's Institut Pierre Simon Laplace. Ball Aerospace is responsible for CALIPSO's scientific instrument and communications suite, including the lidar and Wide Field Camera.


    NASA EXPENDABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE STATUS REPORT: E05-005

    +Mission: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) Launch Vehicle: Lockheed Martin Atlas V 401 Launch Pad: Space Launch Complex 41 (SLC-41), Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS), Fla.
    Launch Date: August 10, 2005
    Launch Window: 7:53:58 to 9:53:58 a.m. (EDT)

    Power-on testing continues to go well. The high-gain antenna was installed on June 24. The solar arrays have been cleaned, inspected and installed. This week, the solar arrays will be deployed, inspected and stowed for launch.

    The Centaur upper stage for the Atlas V is at the Vertical Integration Facility (VIF) at SLC-41. It was hoisted atop the Atlas stage to begin checkout.

    The Launch Vehicle Readiness Test continues. A countdown wet dress rehearsal with the launch vehicle fully fueled is scheduled for early July.

    The MRO will be transported from the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at KSC to the VIF in late July. It will join the Atlas V for the final phase of launch preparations. The spacecraft will undergo a functional test, a final week of integrated testing and closeouts.

    The MRO mission is managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif., for the agency's Science Mission Directorate. Lockheed Martin Space Systems is the prime contractor for the project and will provide launch services for the mission with International Launch Services.

    + Mission: Cloud-Aerosol Lidar & Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation and CloudSat (CALIPSO/CloudSat) Launch Vehicle: Boeing Delta II 7420 DPAF Launch Pad: Space Launch Complex 2 (SLC2), Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB), Calif.
    Launch Date: No Earlier Than August 22, 2005

    CloudSat completed battery reconditioning late Monday. Technicians are also performing some additional spacecraft testing. Stacking of the Boeing Delta II at SLC-2 and attachment of the four strap-on
    solid rocket boosters is complete.
     
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    NASA EXPENDABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE STATUS REPORT: E05-008

    Mission: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) Launch Vehicle: Lockheed Martin Atlas V 401 Launch Pad: Space Launch Complex 41 (SLC-41), Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Date: August 10, 2005 Launch Window: 7:54 - 9:39 a.m. EDT

    The MRO spacecraft has been mated with the Atlas V for the last phase of launch preparations. This will be the first government civil launch of an Atlas V. The launch vehicle will perform an Integrated Systems Test (IST) later today to verify electrical compatibility. The final stages of the launch campaign begin with the Flight Readiness Review on Aug. 4, and the Launch Readiness Review is Aug.
    8.

    Mission: Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation and CloudSat (CALIPSO/CloudSat) Launch Vehicle: Boeing Delta II 7420 DPAF Launch Pad: Space Launch Complex 2 (SLC2), Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB), Calif.
    Launch Date: September 29, 2005

    The CloudSat team returns to VAFB later today to begin battery reconditioning. The CALIPSO team returns to VAFB August 8 for launch processing.
     
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    NASA EXPENDABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE STATUS REPORT: E05-009

    Mission: Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation and CloudSat (CALIPSO/CloudSat) Launch Vehicle: Boeing Delta 7420 w/Dual Payload Attach Fitting (DPAF) Launch Pad: Space Launch Complex 2 (SLC2), Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
    Launch Date: NET, September 29, 2005

    The CloudSat spacecraft was fueled Aug. 14 and the fuel tanks pressurized Aug. 15; CALIPSO was fueled Aug. 24 and the fuel tanks pressurized Aug. 25. CloudSat was mated to the DPAF Aug 23. Installation of the upper half of the DPAF for CALIPSO was completed today. The CALIPSO Mission Readiness Review was today. The CloudSat Mission Readiness Review is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 1.

    As a part of the NASA Earth System Science Pathfinder program, CALIPSO is a collaborative effort with the French space agency Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales, Ball Aerospace, Hampton University, Va. and France's Institut Pierre Simon Laplace.

    Ball Aerospace is responsible for CALIPSO's scientific instrument and communications suite, including the lidar and Wide Field Camera. NASA's Launch Services Program at KSC provides government launch services for this mission through Boeing Expendable Launch Systems.
     
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    NASA EXPENDABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE STATUS REPORT: E05-010

    Mission: Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation and CloudSat (CALIPSO/CloudSat) Launch Vehicle: Boeing Delta 7420 w/Dual Payload Attach Fitting (DPAF) Launch Pad: Space Launch Complex 2 (SLC2), Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
    Launch Date: NET Oct. 1, 2005

    -Due to other Delta II launch and test activity, CALIPSO/CloudSat is tentatively scheduled for no earlier than Oct. 1, pending the availability of the Western Range.

    -CALIPSO was installed onto the payload attach fitting on Aug. 30 and is being installed within the upper portion of the DPAF today.

    -CloudSat processing activities are complete. Battery charging will continue until the spacecraft is transported to the launch pad along with CALIPSO on Sept.
    13. The CloudSat Mission Readiness Review was successfully completed on Sept. 1.

    -The Delta II preparations at NASA's Space Launch Complex
    2 are complete and the launch vehicle is awaiting arrival of the CALIPSO/CloudSat payloads for installation atop the second stage.
     
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    NASA EXPENDABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE STATUS REPORT: E05-011

    Mission: CloudSat and the Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation (CloudSat/CALIPSO) Launch Vehicle: Boeing Delta 7420 w/Dual Payload Attach Fitting Launch Pad: Space Launch Complex 2, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
    Launch Date: NET Oct. 26, 2005
    Launch Window: 6:01 a.m. EDT

    Due to Range schedule conflicts, launch of CloudSat/CALIPSO is tentatively scheduled for no earlier than Oct. 26, pending approval of the Western Range.

    CloudSat/CALIPSO processing activities are complete. Battery charging will continue until both spacecraft are transported to the launch pad in early October.

    The Delta II preparations at NASA's Space Launch Complex 2 are complete, and the launch vehicle is awaiting arrival of the CloudSat/CALIPSO payloads for installation atop the second stage.
     
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    NASA EXPENDABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE STATUS REPORT: E05-012

    Mission: Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations and CloudSat Launch Vehicle: Boeing Delta 7420 w/Dual Payload Attach Fitting Launch Pad: Space Launch Complex 2, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
    Launch Date: No earlier than Oct. 26, 2005 Launch Window: 6:01 a.m. EDT

    The payloads are installed within the Dual Payload Attach Fitting undergoing final battery charging in preparation for transport to the launch pad. Delta II preparations are on schedule. The launch vehicle is awaiting arrival of the payloads Oct. 10 for installation on top of the second stage. Flight Program Verification, an integrated functional test for the Delta and payload, is scheduled for Oct. 13. It is the final major pre-launch test.

    Mission: New Horizons
    Launch Vehicle: Lockheed Martin Atlas V 551 (AV-010) Launch Pad: Complex 41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Fla.
    Launch Date: Jan. 11, 2006
    Launch Window: 2:07 to 4:07 p.m. EST

    The Atlas V first stage was erected Sept. 29 at Complex 41 in the Vertical Integration Facility. If weather permits, the Centaur stage will be hoisted on top of the Atlas booster Friday. The Atlas payload fairings arrived Sept. 29. They are in the airlock at the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility and will be moved into the clean-room high bay on Thursday. Since the arrival of New Horizons last week, spacecraft testing and processing is on schedule. On Thursday, the instrument that will measure the solar wind around Pluto will be installed.
     
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    NASA EXPENDABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE STATUS REPORT: E05-013 + 014

    NASA EXPENDABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE STATUS REPORT: E05-013

    Mission: Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations and CloudSat (CALIPSO/CloudSat) Launch Vehicle: Boeing Delta 7420 with Dual Payload Attach Fitting Launch Pad: Space Launch Complex 2, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
    Launch Date: NET November 2005 (exact date TBD) Launch Window: 5:01 a.m. EST (2:01 a.m. PST)

    The launch was postponed pending resolution of a problem encountered while testing launch-vehicle flight-termination system batteries. CALIPSO and CloudSat are installed within the Dual Payload Attach Fitting and are undergoing final battery charging in preparation for transport to the launch pad. Except for the battery problem, Delta II preparations at NASA's Space Launch Complex 2 continue to go well.

    Mission: New Horizons
    Launch Vehicle: Lockheed Martin Atlas V 551 (AV-010) Launch Pad: Complex 41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
    Launch Date: Jan. 11, 2006
    Launch Window: 2:07 to 4:07 p.m. EST

    The Centaur stage was hoisted onto the Atlas booster on Tuesday, and mating should be completed by this weekend. New Horizons spacecraft testing and processing activities in the clean room are on schedule. The instrument to measure the solar wind around Pluto was installed in the spacecraft and tested Oct. 6. Spacecraft communications testing with Deep Space Network tracking stations is scheduled for tomorrow and Saturday.

    NASA EXPENDABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE STATUS REPORT: E05-014

    Mission: Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations and CloudSat (CALIPSO/CloudSat) Launch Vehicle: Boeing Delta 7420 with Dual Payload Attach Fitting Launch Pad: Space Launch Complex 2, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
    Launch Date: NET Nov. 7, 2005
    Launch Window: 5:01:18 a.m. EST (2:01:18 a.m. PST)

    NASA, Boeing and the U.S. Air Force are working on the problem encountered while testing batteries used for the flight termination system of the Delta II. CALIPSO and CloudSat are installed within the Dual Payload Attach Fitting. CloudSat will continue to undergo final battery charging through Saturday. On Sunday, the combination will be placed in an environmentally-controlled canister and installed on the payload transporter in preparation for the trip to the launch pad. Delta II preparations at Space Launch Complex 2 continue, as the launch vehicle awaits arrival of the payloads for installation on the second stage Oct. 24.

    Mission: New Horizons
    Launch Vehicle: Lockheed Martin Atlas V 551 (AV-010) Launch Pad: Complex 41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
    Launch Date: NET Jan. 11, 2006
    Launch Window: 2:07 to 4:07 p.m. EST

    The New Horizons spacecraft is undergoing mission simulation testing through Friday. Spacecraft cleaning and blanket closeouts are scheduled for next week. The spacecraft test team is reviewing contingency plans due to the threat from Hurricane Wilma. At Launch Complex 41, the erection of the first of five solid rocket boosters for the Atlas V began today.

    The second booster is scheduled for mating tomorrow. All of the boosters should be attached by mid-November. Lockheed Martin is assessing the schedule for the remaining boosters based on preparations which may be necessary for Hurricane Wilma. The Centaur stage was hoisted atop the Atlas booster on Oct. 11, and mating to the Atlas was completed on Sunday.

    Previous status reports are available on the Web at:
     
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    NASA EXPENDABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE STATUS REPORT: E05-015

    Mission: Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations and CloudSat (CALIPSO/CloudSat) Launch Vehicle: Boeing Delta 7420 with Dual Payload Attach Fitting Launch Pad: Space Launch Complex 2, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
    Launch Date: TBD
    Launch Window: 5:01 a.m. EST

    CALIPSO and CloudSat are installed within the Dual Payload Attach Fitting. They continue to undergo spacecraft battery charging. The processing team is maintaining the spacecraft safely inside the payload facility at Vandenberg. NASA, Boeing and the Air Force are addressing the problem encountered while testing batteries used for the flight termination system of the Delta II.

    Boeing launch site technicians recently rejected a proposed new contract. Launch preparations are on hold pending resolution of the negotiations between Boeing and the union representing the technicians.

    Mission: New Horizons
    Launch Vehicle: Lockheed Martin Atlas V 551 (AV-010) Launch Pad: Complex 41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
    Launch Date: Jan. 11, 2006
    Launch Window: 2:07 to 4:07 p.m. EST

    On Oct. 24, Hurricane Wilma damaged the specially-built fabric MegaDoor which covers the large opening of the Atlas V Vertical Integration Facility. The Atlas 5 rocket and some ground support equipment were slightly damaged. There were no injuries. NASA and Lockheed Martin engineers and technicians are assessing the damage and the recovery process, including door repair options, to confirm the continued ability to support the launch.

    The spacecraft was returned to a work stand Inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility. It was removed from the protective shipping container, where it had been placed before the hurricane.
    The spacecraft's outside surfaces are being cleaned.
     
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    NASA EXPENDABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE STATUS REPORT: E05-016

    Mission: Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations and CloudSat Launch Vehicle: Boeing Delta 7420 with Dual Payload Attach Fitting Launch Pad: Space Launch Complex 2, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
    Launch Date: TBD
    Launch Window: 5:01 a.m. EST

    The satellites are installed within the Dual Payload Attach Fitting at the Astrotech payload processing facilities. When Boeing labor contract issues are resolved, the payload combination will be placed in an environmentally-controlled canister and installed on the payload transporter for the trip to the launch pad.

    Delta II preparations at Launch Complex 2 have gone according to schedule. Work is on hold until the payloads arrive at the pad for installation on top of the second stage. NASA, Boeing and the Air Force are addressing the problem encountered while testing batteries used for the flight termination system of the Delta II.

    Mission: New Horizons
    Launch Vehicle: Lockheed Martin Atlas V 551 (AV-010) Launch Pad: Complex 41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
    Launch Date: Jan. 11, 2006
    Launch Window: 2:07 to 4:07 p.m. EST

    The spacecraft is undergoing autonomy testing this week to determine whether it can function without having contact with Earth. Final thermal blanket installation will be completed this week. Hurricane Wilma caused some minor damage to the solid rocket booster that was attached to the Atlas V. As a precaution the booster is being replaced. Attachment of the remaining four solid rocket boosters resumes later this week.
     
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    NASA EXPENDABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE STATUS REPORT: E05-017

    Mission: Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations and CloudSat Launch Vehicle: Boeing Delta 7420 with Dual Payload Attach Fitting Launch Pad: Space Launch Complex 2, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
    Launch Date: TBD
    Launch Window: 5:01 a.m. EST

    The satellites are installed within the Dual Payload Attach Fitting at the payload processing facilities. The payload combination will be placed in an environmentally-controlled canister and installed on a transporter for the trip to the launch pad. Delta II preparations are on hold until the payloads arrive for installation. Launch preparations will resume once two issues are resolved: the Boeing technicians' strike and the problem encountered while testing batteries used for the flight termination system of the Delta II.

    Mission: New Horizons
    Launch Vehicle: Lockheed Martin Atlas V 551 (AV-010) Launch Pad: Complex 41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
    Launch Date: Jan. 11, 2006
    Launch Window: 2:07 to 4:07 p.m. EST

    The fit check of the Radioisotope Thermo-electric Generator power system with the spacecraft was performed this week. The generator will be installed at the launch pad. The spacecraft was weighed this week, and it will undergo a "dry" spin balance test Nov. 13-15.
    Hydrazine fuel for attitude control and course correction maneuvers will be loaded Nov. 17-19. A "wet" spin balance test with fuel aboard is set for Nov. 22-24. Two solid rocket boosters were attached to the Atlas V this week. Four of the five are mated. The last booster will be erected in December.
     
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    NASA EXPENDABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE STATUS REPORT: E05-018

    Mission: Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations & CloudSat Launch Vehicle: Boeing Delta 7420 with Dual Payload Attach Fitting Launch Pad: NASA's Space Launch Complex 2, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
    Launch Date: TBD
    Launch Window: 5:01 a.m. EST

    CALIPSO and CloudSat are installed within the Dual Payload Attach Fitting at the Astrotech payload processing facilities. The payload combination will be placed in an environmentally-controlled canister and installed on the payload transporter for the trip to the launch pad. Delta II preparations at Complex 2 are on hold until the payloads arrive for installation on the second stage. Preparations can resume when the Boeing technicians' strike is resolved.

    Mission: New Horizons
    Launch Vehicle: Lockheed Martin Atlas V 551 (AV-010) Launch Pad: Complex 41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
    Launch Date: Jan. 11, 2006
    Launch Window: 2:08 to 4:07 p.m. EST

    The bottom portion of the payload fairing was installed this week on the Atlas V. A Launch Vehicle Readiness Review was successfully completed Tuesday. The fit check of the Radioisotope Thermo-electric Generator power system with the spacecraft was performed last week.
    The generator will be installed for flight at the launch pad. A "dry"
    spin balance test of the spacecraft will be completed this week.
    After Thanksgiving, hydrazine fuel for attitude control and course-correction maneuvers will be loaded on the spacecraft and a "wet" spin balance test performed.
     
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    NASA EXPENDABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE STATUS REPORT: E05-019

    Mission: Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations and CloudSat Launch Vehicle: Boeing Delta 7420 with Dual Payload Attach Fitting Launch Pad: Space Launch Complex 2, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
    Launch Date: No earlier than mid-February 2006 Launch Window: TBD

    Due to the Boeing labor strike and other issues, the earliest possible launch date is in February, 2006. The spacecraft are being prepared for an extended period in the Astrotech payload processing facilities on North Vandenberg.

    Starting December 19, the Western Range begins a planned two-month maintenance, upgrade and refurbishment period. Work will be performed on Range Safety tracking facilities, computers and launch support equipment.

    While progress has been made on the problems encountered during testing of the Flight Termination System batteries, Boeing has not formally determined and documented a root cause for engineering review. Approximately 15 days are necessary to prepare for launch once all issues are resolved.

    Mission: New Horizons
    Launch Vehicle: Lockheed Martin Atlas V 551 (AV-010) Launch Pad: Complex 41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
    Launch Date: Jan. 11, 2006
    Launch Window: 2:08 to 4:07 p.m. EST

    The Applied Physics Lab team is testing the autonomy software system.
    The testing is to confirm it would take appropriate safety actions if an unplanned condition occurred after New Horizons is far away from Earth. The scope of the testing was expanded requiring additional days for ground processing.

    Encapsulation is six days behind schedule, but the launch date has not changed. Encapsulation of New Horizons into the vehicle fairing is scheduled for Dec. 12; followed by transportation to Launch Complex
    41 for mating to the Atlas V on Dec. 16. The fifth and final solid rocket booster was mated to the Atlas V at the Vehicle Integration Facility today.


    Boeing's delivery of the third stage to the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility is on schedule for Dec. 1. Mating with the spacecraft is scheduled for Dec. 9. Hydrazine fuel for attitude control and course-correction maneuvers is scheduled for loading Dec.
    4; followed by a "wet" spin balance test with fuel onboard Dec. 6-7.
    A tanking test of the Atlas V launch vehicle is scheduled for Dec. 5.
     
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    NASA EXPENDABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE STATUS REPORT: E05-020

    Mission: New Horizons
    Launch Vehicle: Lockheed Martin Atlas V 551 (AV-010) Launch Pad: Complex 41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
    Launch Date: Jan. 11, 2006
    Launch Window: 2:11 - 4:07 p.m. EST

    The Atlas V was successfully tested yesterday during a launch pad "Wet Dress Rehearsal." The rehearsal was a countdown test with the launch vehicle fully loaded with propellants, including RP-1 fuel, liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen. The fifth and last solid rocket booster was mated to the Atlas V on Nov. 29.

    At the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility, Spacecraft Autonomy Testing to ensure New Horizon's ability to function without commands from Earth was successfully completed.

    The Boeing third stage, the upper stage booster for the spacecraft's escape from low-Earth orbit, was delivered to the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility on Dec. 1 as scheduled. The spacecraft will be mated to the third stage on Friday.

    Hydrazine fuel for attitude control and course-correction maneuvers was loaded into the spacecraft on Sunday. The "wet" spin-balance test with fuel aboard is scheduled for today and tomorrow. Encapsulation of the spacecraft into the Atlas V fairing is scheduled on Dec. 12, followed by transportation to Complex 41 on Dec. 16.

    Mission: Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations and CloudSat Launch Vehicle: Boeing Delta 7420 with Dual Payload Attach Fitting Launch Pad: Space Launch Complex 2, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
    Launch Date: No Earlier Than February 2006 Launch Window: TBD

    The satellites are installed in the Dual Payload Attach Fitting at the Astrotech payload processing facilities on north Vandenberg. They will remain there, before preparation for transportation to Complex 2, until a new launch date is determined. Further Delta II preparations at NASA's Space Launch Complex 2 are on hold until the payloads arrive at the pad for installation atop the second stage.

    Mission: Space Technology 5 (ST5)
    Launch Vehicle: Orbital Sciences Pegasus XL Launch Date: Feb. 28, 2006 Launch Window: 8:57:21 to 10:19:21 a.m. EST

    The spacecraft, arrived at Vandenberg Monday to begin processing at NASA Hangar 836. The craft consists of three miniaturized, autonomous micro-satellites. They will be installed in a stacked configuration within the fairing of the Pegasus and launched into a 2,800-mile-high polar orbit.

    After deployment, the micro-satellites will be positioned in a "string of pearls" constellation. The mission will demonstrate the ability to position spacecraft to perform simultaneous multi-point magnetic field measurements using highly sensitive magnetometers. With the data, scientists can begin to understand and map the intensity and direction of the Earth's magnetic field, its relation to space weather events and the effects on our planet.

    The project is an instrumental part of the New Millennium Program to identify, develop, build and test innovative technologies and concepts that can be used in future missions.
     
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    NASA EXPENDABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE STATUS REPORT: E05-021

    MISSION: New Horizons
    LAUNCH VEHICLE: Lockheed Martin Atlas V 551 (AV-010) LAUNCH PAD: Complex 41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
    LAUNCH DATE: NET January 17, 2006
    LAUNCH WINDOW: Jan. 11 to Feb. 14, 2006.

    The launch of Pluto New Horizons is scheduled for NET Jan. 17, 2006.
    This will enable an additional inspection of the Atlas launch vehicle. The launch services contractor, Lockheed Martin, experienced problems in September on an updated Atlas propellant tank similar to the one being flown on the Pluto New Horizons mission. We continue our work based on a 35-day launch window.
    A mission rehearsal with all of the launch participants was held Thursday at the Atlas Space Operations Center.
    The spacecraft was encapsulated into the Atlas V fairing on Tuesday at the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility. It is being installed onto the payload transporter today. New Horizons will be moved to Launch Complex 41 on Saturday.
    The Integrated Systems Test, an integrated test of the launch vehicle and the spacecraft, is scheduled for Wednesday.

    Mission: Space Technology 5 (ST5)
    Launch Vehicle: Orbital Sciences Pegasus XL Launch Date: Feb. 28, 2006 Launch Window: 5:57:21 a.m. - 7:19:21 a.m. PST



    The spacecraft arrived at Vandenberg Air Force Base on Dec. 5 and is in NASA Hangar 836 for prelaunch preparations. Spacecraft Comprehensive Performance Testing is complete on all three spacecraft that comprise the payload. Testing and spacecraft processing activities resume on Jan. 3, 2006.
    Work on the Orbital Sciences Pegasus XL launch vehicle continues on schedule. Wing fit checks are underway and accelerometer installation is next week. Flight computer software installation is scheduled for Monday. Aft skirt installation is planned for Dec. 29-30. Flight Simulation No. 1 is scheduled for Jan. 5-6, 2006. Flight Simulation No. 2, for Jan. 25-26, 2006.

    Mission: Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation and CloudSat Launch Vehicle: Boeing Delta 7420 with Dual Payload Attach Fitting Launch Pad: Space Launch Complex 2, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
    Launch Date: No Earlier Than February 2006 Launch Window: TBD

    CALIPSO and CloudSat are installed in the Dual Payload Attach Fitting at the Astrotech payload processing facilities on north Vandenberg.
    They will remain there until a new launch date is determined.
    Further Delta II preparations at the launch pad are on hold until the payloads arrive for installation atop the second stage.
     
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