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Posted by on 18 Nov 2005 in Space News

NASA Expendable Launch Vehicle Status

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, California
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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