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Re: Atlas V 401- Radiation Belt Storm Probes- August 23, 2012
« Reply #20 on: 07/25/2012 09:26 PM »
I think that's the umbilical tower. It looks a bit rusty in places.
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Re: Atlas V 401- Radiation Belt Storm Probes- August 23, 2012
« Reply #21 on: 07/26/2012 12:18 AM »
What's an LUT?  Not to be a stickler, but Atlas at CCAFS has a Mobile Launch Platform (MLP) on which the vehicle is stacked.  That stacking is done at the Vertical Integration Facility (VIF).  There are probably a number of other acronyms, but these are the most relevant for these events.

The LUT is the Launch Umbilical Tower, which is on the MLP.

two view from the KSC webcams, showing the RBSP S/C in the Astrotech building.

http://science.ksc.nasa.gov/shuttle/countdown/video/
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Re: Atlas V 401- Radiation Belt Storm Probes- August 23, 2012
« Reply #22 on: 07/26/2012 12:25 AM »
and the ELV webcams showing the S/c PLF adapter of the Centaur in the VIF:

http://countdown.ksc.nasa.gov/elv/
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Re: Atlas V 401- Radiation Belt Storm Probes- August 23, 2012
« Reply #23 on: 07/26/2012 01:30 AM »
It is the boattail secion of the fairing. The spacecraft adapter will show up in the other building

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Re: Atlas V 401- Radiation Belt Storm Probes- August 23, 2012
« Reply #24 on: 07/28/2012 02:47 AM »
Both probes joined together from channel 3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3NZEnFMTIc&feature=youtu.be

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« Last Edit: 07/28/2012 02:48 AM by dave k »

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Re: Atlas V 401- Radiation Belt Storm Probes- August 23, 2012
« Reply #25 on: 07/30/2012 02:59 PM »
Both probes joined together from channel 3


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Re: Atlas V 401- Radiation Belt Storm Probes- August 23, 2012
« Reply #26 on: 07/30/2012 03:15 PM »
MEDIA ADVISORY: M40-12

NASA OFFERS NEWS MEDIA ACCESS TO TWIN RBSP SPACECRAFT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA's Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP), set
to launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on Aug. 23,
will be the focus of a media opportunity at 10 a.m. EDT Thursday,
Aug. 2, at the Astrotech Space Operations facility in Titusville,
Fla. Media will be able to photograph the RBSP spacecraft and
interview project and launch program officials. The spacecraft will
be seen just prior to encapsulation into the payload fairing of the
Atlas V-401 launch vehicle.

The two-year RBSP mission will help scientists develop an
understanding of Earth's Van Allen radiation belts and related
regions that pose hazards to human and robotic explorers. RBSP will
use twin probes to explore space weather - changes in Earth's space
environment caused by the sun - that can disable satellites, create
power grid failures and disrupt GPS service. The mission also will
allow researchers to understand fundamental radiation and particle
acceleration processes throughout the universe.

Spokespersons from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics
Laboratory (APL) and the NASA Launch Services Program (LSP) will be
available for questions and interviews. APL participants will be Dr.
Nicky Fox, deputy project scientist; Jim Stratton, mission systems
engineer; and Kim Cooper, deputy project manager for instruments.
LSP's representative will be Rex Engelhardt, RBSP mission manager at
Kennedy Space Center.

Procedures for magnetically sensitive spacecraft must be followed by
media entering the cleanroom where the spacecraft are being prepared
for launch. Full cleanroom attire (bunny suits) must be worn and will
be furnished. Media should not wear perfume, cologne or makeup. Long
pants and closed-toe shoes must be worn - no shorts or skirts.

Camera equipment will be cleaned prior to cleanroom entry by
contamination-control specialists from APL. All camera equipment must
be self-contained and no portable lights will be allowed.
Non-essential equipment such as suede, leather or vinyl camera bags
or other carrying cases must be left outside the cleanroom. Cleanroom
paper and non-retractable ballpoint pens will be provided. No
notebook paper, pencils or retractable pens can be permitted. No
food, tobacco, chewing gum, lighters, matches or pocketknives will be
allowed.

Flash photography will be permitted; however, there also is adequate
metal halide lighting in the facility for pictures (white with slight
green cast; suggested exposure for ISO-ASA 400 is 1/30 sec. at
f/5.6). Wireless microphones also will be permitted to be used for
this event; however, cellular telephones are not allowed inside the
cleanroom. Also, because both of the RBSP spacecraft are magnetically
sensitive, magnets or devices containing magnets may not be brought
in. All equipment will be scanned for magnetic potential prior to
entry.

On Thursday, Aug. 2, U.S. news media representatives may proceed
directly to Astrotech located in the Spaceport Florida Industrial
Park, 1515 Chaffee Drive, Titusville. Access will be available
starting at 9:45 a.m. and the event will begin at 10 a.m. News media
identification and a government photo identification such as a
driver's license or passport will be required. News media who are
foreign nationals may attend only if they possess a permanently
issued NASA news media accreditation badge from the Kennedy Space
Center, not a temporary badge.

RBSP is part of NASA's Living with a Star Program, which is managed by
the agency's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. The Johns
Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md., built
the pair of RBSP spacecraft and will manage the mission for NASA. The
Launch Services Program at Kennedy is responsible for the launch
management. United Launch Alliance is the provider of the Atlas V
launch service.

Media representatives should call the NASA Kennedy News Center
codaphone (321-867-2525) on Wednesday evening to assure that the
event is on schedule.

For more information about RBSP, visit:

http:www.nasa.gov/rbsp

For more information about Kennedy Space Center, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/kennedy

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Re: Atlas V 401- Radiation Belt Storm Probes- August 23, 2012
« Reply #27 on: 08/01/2012 08:37 PM »
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Re: Atlas V 401- Radiation Belt Storm Probes- August 23, 2012
« Reply #28 on: 08/04/2012 02:59 PM »
Since the Atlas V 401 NROL-36 launch has been delayed until at least Aug. 14 will this Atlas V launch be delayed?

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Re: Atlas V 401- Radiation Belt Storm Probes- August 23, 2012
« Reply #29 on: 08/04/2012 03:07 PM »
Since the Atlas V 401 NROL-36 launch has been delayed until at least Aug. 14 will this Atlas V launch be delayed?

Not at this time.

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Re: Atlas V 401- Radiation Belt Storm Probes- August 23, 2012
« Reply #30 on: 08/04/2012 03:08 PM »
RBSP is mating to the payload adapter as I type.

http://countdown.ksc.nasa.gov/elv/

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Re: Atlas V 401- Radiation Belt Storm Probes- August 23, 2012
« Reply #31 on: 08/04/2012 03:18 PM »
Thanks for the heads up Jim:

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Re: Atlas V 401- Radiation Belt Storm Probes- August 23, 2012
« Reply #32 on: 08/04/2012 10:55 PM »
ok will monitor you for a bit...

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Re: Atlas V 401- Radiation Belt Storm Probes- August 23, 2012
« Reply #33 on: 08/04/2012 11:23 PM »
doesn't like the player sorry for the size

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Re: Atlas V 401- Radiation Belt Storm Probes- August 23, 2012
« Reply #34 on: 08/04/2012 11:49 PM »
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Re: Atlas V 401- Radiation Belt Storm Probes- August 23, 2012
« Reply #35 on: 08/05/2012 01:53 AM »
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Re: Atlas V 401- Radiation Belt Storm Probes- August 23, 2012
« Reply #36 on: 08/06/2012 04:14 PM »
Jim something special about the silver tape use for this mission vs a Gold mylar?
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Re: Atlas V 401- Radiation Belt Storm Probes- August 23, 2012
« Reply #37 on: 08/06/2012 04:36 PM »
Jim something special about the silver tape use for this mission vs a Gold mylar?

Different thermal and ESD environment

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Re: Atlas V 401- Radiation Belt Storm Probes- August 23, 2012
« Reply #38 on: 08/06/2012 04:59 PM »
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Re: Atlas V 401- Radiation Belt Storm Probes- August 23, 2012
« Reply #39 on: 08/06/2012 05:52 PM »
Say good bye.  They are now in the fairing

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