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NASA - STEREO updates
« on: 05/05/2006 02:49 PM »
If you are bored, you can watch the Stereo spacecraft processing

http://science.ksc.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/rrg2.pl?encoder/aevideo4.rm

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Re: NASA - STEREO updates
« Reply #1 on: 05/26/2006 08:18 PM »
We'll make this the STEREO update thread.

STATUS REPORT: E06-016

NASA EXPENDABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE STATUS REPORT: E06-016

Mission: Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO)
Launch Pad: 17-B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
Launch Vehicle: Boeing Delta II
Launch Date: July 22, 2006
Launch Times: 3:11 - 3:13 p.m. and 4:19 - 4:34 p.m. EDT

Technicians are testing individual STEREO systems on both the "A" and
"B" spacecraft. Workers cleaned the black light on spacecraft "A,"
completed vertical alignments, and installed the solar array
ordnance. They also attached the high gain antenna to the
spacecraft's rotation fixture, and closed out blankets. Technicians
installed the batteries on the "A" and "B" spacecraft last week. In
addition to testing, upcoming work for spacecraft "B" includes solar
array installation and integration of the high-gain communications
antenna in mid-June.

The build-up of the Delta II rocket at Pad 17-B is scheduled to begin
on June 1 with the first stage. Pad workers will start to erect the
nine solid rocket boosters on June 2. The second stage will be
hoisted into position and mated to the first stage on June 20. The
crew will raise the 10-foot fairing into the pad clean room on June
21.

STEREO will build a three-dimensional, global picture of the sun and
study the star's influence on Earth. For more information, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/stereo

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Re: NASA - STEREO updates
« Reply #2 on: 06/09/2006 03:17 PM »
STATUS REPORT: ELV-060906

EXPENDABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE STATUS REPORT

Mission: STEREO (Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory)
Launch Pad: 17-B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
Launch Vehicle: Boeing Delta II
Launch Date: July 22, 2006
Launch Times: 3:11 - 3:13 p.m. and 4:19 - 4:34 p.m. EDT

Testing and prelaunch processing of STEREO continue on schedule. Deep
Space Network spacecraft compatibility testing is under way. Launch
and mission simulation exercises are also being performed. Upcoming
next week is further thermal blanket installation and preparations
for attaching the solar arrays. STEREO is scheduled to be transported
to Launch Complex 17 on July 11 to be mated to the Boeing Delta II
rocket.

The first stage of the Delta II rocket at Pad 17-B was erected on June
2. The first of three sets of three solid rocket boosters were
attached on June 5. At this time, the Delta II second stage is
scheduled to be hoisted into position and mated to the first stage on
June 20. The crew will raise the 10-foot fairing into the pad clean
room on June 21.

For information about the STEREO mission, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/stereo

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Re: NASA - STEREO updates
« Reply #3 on: 06/16/2006 07:24 PM »
STATUS REPORT: ELV-061606

EXPENDABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE STATUS REPORT

Mission: STEREO (Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory)
Launch Pad: 17-B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
Launch Vehicle: Boeing Delta II
Launch Date: July 22, 2006
Launch Times: 3:11 - 3:13 p.m. or 4:19 - 4:34 p.m. EDT

At the Astrotech Space Operations Facility, testing and prelaunch
processing of STEREO continues. Communications testing with the Deep
Space Network continues. On observatory "A" on Wednesday, the
Heliospheric Imager vertical instrument door was successfully
deployed during testing. On observatory "B," the scientific
instruments were aligned and tested. Comprehensive performance
testing of both observatories continues to go well. STEREO is planned
to be transported to Launch Complex 17 on July 11 to be mated to the
Boeing Delta II rocket.

The first stage of the Delta II rocket at Pad 17-B was erected on June
2. The first of three sets of three solid rocket boosters was
attached on June 5. A fourth solid rocket booster is set to be
attached on Saturday. Following this, no further work on the launch
vehicle is scheduled until after a U.S. Air Force launch next week on
adjacent Pad 17-A.

For information about the STEREO mission, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/stereo

For previous expendable launch vehicle processing status reports,
visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/launchingrockets/status/2006

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Re: NASA - STEREO updates
« Reply #4 on: 06/27/2006 03:07 PM »
Stereo has been delayed to NET July 30 (info published in both http://www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/home/index.html (next rocket launch) and http://www.spaceflightnow.com/tracking/index.html )
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Re: NASA - STEREO updates
« Reply #5 on: 07/17/2006 08:06 PM »
07.17.06

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STATUS REPORT: ELV-071706

EXPENDABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE STATUS REPORT

Mission: STEREO (Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory)
Launch Pad: 17-B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
Launch Vehicle: Boeing Delta II
Launch Date: No earlier than Aug. 20, 2006
Launch Time: 3:52 - 4:07 p.m. EDT

At the Astrotech Space Operations Facility, STEREO was moved to the
hazardous processing facility early last week for fueling, stacking
and spin-testing of the two observatories. During fueling of
Observatory A, one of the valves used to load the spacecraft with
hydrazine propellant was observed to be leaking from a secondary
seal. Technicians suspended the fueling and made adjustments to the
fuel line connection. Fueling operations resumed with no further
leakage. Both observatories are now completely fueled. However, as a
precaution, the two observatories have not been pressurized while
this problem is investigated. An anomaly team is working to fully
determine the reason for the problem and assess the integrity of the
valve.

For this reason, launch has been rescheduled for the opening of the
next launch window, no earlier than Aug. 20.

At Pad 17-B, the Delta II second stage was stacked atop the first
stage on July 13. The following day, the payload fairing was hoisted
into the pad cleanroom located at the upper levels of the mobile
service tower. Technicians are now performing standard prelaunch
electrical interface testing of the two stages and checking the
guidance system.

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Re: NASA - STEREO updates
« Reply #6 on: 07/25/2006 05:02 PM »
07.24.06

STATUS REPORT: ELV-072406

EXPENDABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE STATUS REPORT

Mission: STEREO (Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory)
Launch Pad: 17-B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
Launch Vehicle: Boeing Delta II
Launch Date: No earlier than Aug. 20, 2006
Launch Time: 3:52 - 4:07 p.m. EDT

At the Astrotech Space Operations Facility, work to prepare STEREO for
launch resumed today with the pressurization of the hydrazine tanks
on each of the two observatories. This will be followed by
preparations to stack the spacecraft. Stacking is currently planned
for Friday, July 28. Three days of spin-testing will follow beginning
Sunday, July 30. The final major processing activity prior to launch
occurs next week with the mating of STEREO to the upper stage
booster.

At Pad 17-B, standard liquid oxygen leak checks of the Delta II first
stage are under way today. The second stage will undergo a helium
leak check on Wednesday.

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Re: NASA - STEREO updates
« Reply #7 on: 07/28/2006 08:37 PM »
STATUS REPORT: ELV-072806

EXPENDABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE STATUS REPORT

Mission: STEREO (Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory)
Launch Pad: 17-B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
Launch Vehicle: Boeing Delta II
Launch Date: No earlier than Aug. 31, 2006
Launch Time: 3:12:24 or 4:20:28 p.m. EDT

The launch of STEREO aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket has been
postponed to no earlier than Aug. 31. At the Boeing plant in Decatur,
Ala., a leak has been observed in the second-stage oxidizer tank for
the Delta II that had been scheduled to launch NASA's THEMIS
spacecraft in November. Therefore, all identical tanks scheduled for
launch in the near future must be checked.

Boeing engineers and technicians found that the second stage for the
Delta II that will launch STEREO cannot be effectively tested while
atop the first stage at Pad 17-B. It will be de-stacked and taken to
the High Pressure Test Facility located near Launch Complex 17 for
further leak checks. De-stacking will begin on Tuesday, Aug. 2. The
stage will be returned to the pad in about a week if no problems are
found.

Due to the change in the launch date, a decision has been made not to
stack the two STEREO observatories earlier than Aug. 9.

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Re: NASA - STEREO updates
« Reply #8 on: 08/04/2006 09:49 PM »
STATUS REPORT: ELV-080406

EXPENDABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE STATUS REPORT

Mission: STEREO (Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory)
Launch Pad: 17-B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
Launch Vehicle: Boeing Delta II
Launch Date: Aug. 31, 2006
Launch Time: 3:12:24 or 4:20:28 p.m. EDT

At Launch Complex 17, the second stage of the Boeing Delta II was
de-stacked on Tuesday and taken to the nearby High-Pressure Test
Facility. The planned precautionary leak test has been completed. No
leak was observed. The second stage will be returned to the launch
pad on Saturday and mated again with the Delta first stage.

In the Hazardous Processing Facility clean room, the two STEREO
observatories are scheduled to be stacked on Aug. 9 in preparation
for spin test activities. These are planned to begin on Aug. 11. The
integrated STEREO payload will then be mated to the upper stage
booster on Aug. 16 and transported to Pad 17-B on Aug. 19 for
integration with the Delta II.

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Re: NASA - STEREO updates
« Reply #9 on: 08/07/2006 07:19 PM »
08.07.06

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Rachel Weintraub
Goddard Space Flight Center, Md.
301-286-0918

Kristi Marren
Applied Physics Laboratory, Md.
240-228-6268

MEDIA ADVISORY: 49-06

NASA OFFERS MEDIA ACCESS TO STEREO SPACECRAFT AUG. 11

NASA's Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO), set to launch
aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket on Aug. 31, will be the focus of a
media opportunity at 1 p.m. Friday at Astrotech in Titusville, Fla.
The event will include an opportunity to photograph STEREO and
interview project and launch program officials.

STEREO consists of two spacecraft that together comprise the first
mission to take measurements of the sun and solar wind in 3-D. This
new view will improve our understanding of space weather and its
impact on the Earth.

During the two-year mission, the two nearly identical spacecraft will
explore the origin, evolution and interplanetary consequences of
coronal mass ejections, the most violent explosions in our solar
system. When directed at Earth, these billion-ton eruptions can
disrupt satellites, radio communications and power systems. In
addition, energetic particles associated with these solar eruptions
are hazardous to scientific spacecraft and astronauts.

Truly an international effort, many portions of the STEREO instruments
were provided by the United States, the United Kingdom and several
European countries. The instruments were integrated with the
observatories by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics
Laboratory in Laurel, Md. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in
Greenbelt, Md., is responsible for the project management. The NASA
Launch Services Program at Kennedy Space Center and Boeing are
responsible for the launch.

For the media event, procedures for optically sensitive spacecraft
must be followed by individuals entering the cleanroom where the
spacecraft is being prepared for launch. Full cleanroom attire (bunny
suits) must be worn and will be furnished. Please do not wear
perfume, cologne or makeup. Long pants and closed-toe shoes must be
worn -- no shorts or skirts.

Camera equipment will be cleaned by contamination-control specialists.
All camera equipment must be self-contained; no portable lights can
be allowed. Nonessential equipment such as suede, leather or vinyl
camera bags or other carrying cases must be left outside the
cleanroom. No pencils or felt-tipped pens are permitted; only ball
point pens may be used. No food, tobacco, chewing gum, lighters,
matches or pocketknives will be allowed.

Wireless microphones are allowed; however, flash photography cannot be
permitted. There is adequate metal halide lighting in the facility
for photography (white with slight green cast; suggested exposure for
ISO-ASA 400 is 1/30 sec. at f/5.6).

Primary spokespersons available will be:



Jim Adams, STEREO Deputy Project Manager, NASA
Goddard Space Flight Center


Rex Engelhardt, NASA Mission Integration Manager
Kennedy Space Center


Mark Jarosz, STEREO Observatory Manager, NASA
Goddard Space Flight Center


Ron Denissen, STEREO Deputy Project Manager
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory


On Friday, media may proceed directly to Astrotech located in the
Spaceport Florida Industrial Park, 1515 Chaffee Drive, Titusville.
Access at the gate will start at 12:45 p.m.

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Re: NASA - STEREO updates
« Reply #10 on: 08/15/2006 06:19 PM »
STATUS REPORT: ELV-081406

EXPENDABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE STATUS REPORT

Mission: STEREO (Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory)
Launch Pad: 17-B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
Launch Vehicle: Boeing Delta II
Launch Date: Aug. 31, 2006
Launch Time: 3:12:24 - 3:14:24 or 4:20:28 - 4:35:28 p.m. EDT

At Launch Complex 17, the launch team is performing the Delta II
Flight Simulation today. This is an electrical and mechanical test of
the rocket that activates the first and second stage onboard systems,
taking them through the programmed flight events as they will occur
during launch.

In the Hazardous Processing Facility clean room, STEREO spin-test
activities were successfully completed on Saturday. Thermal blanket
closeouts and final spacecraft cleaning are under way. The STEREO
payload is scheduled for mating to the upper stage booster on
Wednesday. It will be transported to Pad 17-B on Friday for
integration with the Delta II.


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Re: NASA - STEREO updates
« Reply #11 on: 08/17/2006 07:46 PM »
Aug. 17, 2006

Erica Hupp/Dwayne Brown
Headquarters, Washington
202-358-1237/1726

Rachel Weintraub
Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
301-286-0918

RELEASE: 06-294

NASA SATELLITES WILL IMPROVE UNDERSTANDING OF THE SUN

NASA's Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory mission will
dramatically improve understanding of the powerful solar eruptions
that can send more than a billion tons of the sun's outer atmosphere
hurtling into space.

The STEREO mission comprises two nearly identical spacecraft the size
of golf carts, which are scheduled to launch on Aug. 31 aboard a
Delta II rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Their
observations will enable scientists to construct the first-ever
three-dimensional views of the sun. These images will show the sun's
stormy environment and its effect on the inner solar system. The data
are vital for understanding how the sun creates space weather.

During the two-year mission, the two spacecraft will explore the
origin, evolution and interplanetary consequences of coronal mass
ejections, some of the most violent explosions in our solar system.
When directed at Earth, these billion-ton eruptions can produce
spectacular aurora and disrupt satellites, radio communications and
power systems. Energetic particles associated with these solar
eruptions permeate the entire solar system and may be hazardous to
spacecraft and astronauts.

"In terms of space-weather forecasting, we're where weather
forecasters were in the 1950s," said Michael Kaiser, STEREO project
scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.
"They didn't see hurricanes until the rain clouds were right above
them. In our case, we can see storms leaving the sun, but we have to
make guesses and use models to figure out if and when they will
impact Earth."

To obtain their unique stereo view of the sun, the two observatories
must be placed in different orbits, where they are offset from each
other and Earth. Spacecraft "A" will be in an orbit moving ahead of
Earth, and "B" will lag behind, as the planet orbits the sun.

Just as the slight offset between eyes provides depth perception, this
placement will allow the STEREO observatories to obtain 3-D images of
the sun. The arrangement also allows the spacecraft to take local
particle and magnetic field measurements of the solar wind as it
flows by the spacecraft.

STEREO is the first NASA mission to use separate lunar swingbys to
place two observatories into vastly different orbits around the sun.
The observatories will fly in an orbit from a point close to Earth to
one that extends just beyond the moon.

Approximately two months after launch, mission operations personnel at
the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Md.,
will use a close flyby of the moon to modify the orbits. The moon's
gravity will be used to direct one observatory to its position
trailing Earth. Approximately one month later, the second observatory
will be redirected after another lunar swingby to its position ahead
of Earth. These maneuvers will enable the spacecraft to take
permanent orbits around the sun.

Each STEREO observatory has 16 instruments. The observatories have
imaging telescopes and equipment to measure solar wind particles and
to perform radio astronomy.

"STEREO is charting new territory for science research and the
building of spacecraft. The simultaneous assembly, integration and
launch of nearly identical observatories have been an extraordinary
challenge," said Nick Chrissotimos, STEREO project manager at
Goddard.

The STEREO mission is managed by Goddard. The Applied Physics
Laboratory designed and built the spacecraft. The laboratory will
maintain command and control of the observatories throughout the
mission, while NASA tracks and receives the data, determines the
orbit of the satellites, and coordinates the science results.

For more information about STEREO, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/stereo

For more information about NASA and agency programs, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/home


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Re: NASA - STEREO updates
« Reply #12 on: 08/18/2006 09:59 PM »
STATUS REPORT: ELV-081806

EXPENDABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE STATUS REPORT

Mission: STEREO (Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory)
Launch Pad: 17-B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
Launch Vehicle: Boeing Delta II
Launch Date: Aug. 31, 2006
Launch Time: 3:12:24 - 3:14:24 and 4:20:28 - 4:35:28 p.m. EDT

After leak checks of the Delta II first stage, engineers decided to
remove and replace the liquid oxygen fill and drain valve at Launch
Complex 17. That work is being completed today without impact to the
launch date. Also, preparations are under way at the pad for the
arrival of the STEREO payload.

In the Astrotech Hazardous Processing Facility clean room, the STEREO
spacecraft was mated to the upper stage booster on Wednesday. Today
the integrated payload is being installed into its transportation
canister. On Saturday morning, STEREO will be moved to the launch pad
for hoisting atop the Delta II.

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Re: NASA - STEREO updates
« Reply #13 on: 08/21/2006 08:33 PM »
STATUS REPORT: ELV-082106

EXPENDABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE STATUS REPORT

Mission: STEREO (Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory)
Launch Pad: 17-B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
Launch Vehicle: Boeing Delta II
Launch Date: No earlier than Sept. 18, 2006
Launch Time: TBD

STEREO's launch has been postponed to no earlier than Sept. 18, the
opening of the mission's next launch window. The additional time is
necessary for further evaluation of the Delta II second stage to
verify it is structurally sound for flight. This concern arose after
further engineering analysis revealed that a similar tank produced
for another mission was marginally thin in an area of the oxidizer
tank. Engineers are assessing several options for the STEREO launch
vehicle at Pad 17-B to determine the thickness of the tank in this
same area.

STEREO was not transported from Astrotech to the launch pad over the
weekend as planned. It will remain at the payload processing facility
until the necessary course of action for the Delta II can be more
clearly defined.
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Re: NASA - STEREO updates
« Reply #14 on: 09/01/2006 08:08 PM »
STATUS REPORT: ELV-090106

EXPENDABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE STATUS REPORT

Mission: STEREO (Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory)
Launch Pad: 17-B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
Launch Vehicle: Boeing Delta II
Launch Date: No earlier than Oct. 18, 2006
Launch Time: TBD

A decision was made to remove the STEREO second stage from the launch
vehicle and perform inspection from inside the propellant tank to
verify it is structurally sound for flight.

The launch of STEREO is now targeted for no earlier than Oct. 18. An
electrical checkout of the vehicle is under way due to lightning
strikes within a one-third mile radius of Complex 17 during the
passing of Tropical Storm Ernesto.

The STEREO observatories remain at the Astrotech Space Operations
Facility. Today technicians removed the transportation canister from
around the payload to begin the process of reconditioning the
batteries and preparing for the storage period (currently about 30
days). The twin spacecraft will remain in storage until the necessary
course of action for the Delta II can be more clearly defined. There
was no effect on the STEREO spacecraft from Tropical Storm Ernesto.


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Re: NASA - STEREO updates
« Reply #15 on: 09/02/2006 03:37 AM »
Is this a custom-configured 2nd stage for this mission? If not, why not just swap it with an already tested and verified safe D-II 2nd stage?

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Re: NASA - STEREO updates
« Reply #16 on: 09/02/2006 02:25 PM »
All the mission unique wiring is on the D-II 2nd stage.   Also this one is configured for a 3rd stage.   Additionally, the problems are a fleet wide (except for USAF GPS vehicles)

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Re: NASA - STEREO updates
« Reply #17 on: 09/16/2006 09:51 AM »
Mission: Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO)
Launch Pad: 17-B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
Launch Vehicle: Boeing Delta II
Launch Date: No earlier than Oct. 25, 2006
Launch Time: TBD

At Pad 17-B, the Delta II second stage was destacked on Sept. 6 for
further testing to determine the thickness of the tank in identified
areas. The initial test procedures are complete and the results are
being assessed. These results will be used with continuing analytical
evaluation to determine the flight worthiness of the second stage.
This should be concluded in about a week. In the meantime, workers
will reinstall the engine on the second stage.

STEREO remains at the Astrotech Space Operations Facility. The
transportation canister was removed on Sept. 1 so technicians could
recondition the spacecraft flight batteries and monitor critical
functions during the hiatus. The twin observatories remain stacked on
top of the third stage. The transportation canister will be
reinstalled immediately prior to the payload being moved to the
launch pad for mating to the Delta II.

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Re: NASA - STEREO updates
« Reply #18 on: 09/28/2006 03:30 AM »
STATUS REPORT: ELV-092706

EXPENDABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE STATUS REPORT

Mission: Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO)
Launch Pad: 17-B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
Launch Vehicle: Boeing Delta II
Launch Date: No earlier than Oct. 25, 2006
Launch Time: TBD

After an assessment of all engineering data, engineers have determined
that the Delta II second stage tank for STEREO is ready for
processing to continue. A final determination of flightworthiness
will be made prior to spacecraft mating to the Delta II rocket. The
second stage will be re-erected atop the first stage on Friday, Sept.
29 at Pad 17-B.

STEREO remains at the Astrotech Space Operations Facility. During the
hiatus, the spacecraft flight batteries were reconditioned. The twin
solar observatories remain stacked on top of the third stage. The
transportation canister will now be reinstalled in preparation for
moving to the launch pad on Oct. 12.

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Re: NASA - STEREO updates
« Reply #19 on: 10/07/2006 11:05 AM »
STATUS REPORT: ELV-100606

EXPENDABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE STATUS REPORT

Mission: Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO)
Launch Pad: 17-B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
Launch Vehicle: Boeing Delta II
Launch Date: Oct. 25, 2006
Launch Time: 8:38 - 8:53 p.m. EDT

The Delta II second stage was re-erected atop the first stage on Sept.
29. Guidance and control system checks of the launch vehicle were
completed on Oct. 4. Today, launch vehicle engineers are performing a
simulated flight test. This is an electrical and mechanical flight
events test that activates the rocket's systems as they will occur
during powered flight, starting with liftoff and ending with second
stage separation. The Flight Program Verification, an integrated test
which includes the STEREO spacecraft and upper stage booster, is
scheduled for Oct. 16.

STEREO is at the Astrotech Space Operations Facility being prepared
for reinstallation into the payload transportation canister on Oct.
9. The twin observatories stacked on top of the upper stage booster
will be moved to the launch pad on Oct. 11 and hoisted atop the
Boeing Delta II rocket. The payload fairing is scheduled to be
installed around STEREO on Oct. 19.

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