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Re: Atlas V 401- Radiation Belt Storm Probes- August 23, 2012
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Re: Atlas V 401- Radiation Belt Storm Probes- August 23, 2012
« Reply #41 on: 08/07/2012 04:33 PM »
Is this a new project or same Radiation Belt Storm Probes?

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Re: Atlas V 401- Radiation Belt Storm Probes- August 23, 2012
« Reply #42 on: 08/08/2012 05:42 AM »
MEDIA ADVISORY: M12-146

NASA TO HOLD NEWS CONFERENCE ON UPCOMING RADIATION BELT STORM PROBES LAUNCH

WASHINGTON -- NASA will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. EDT Thursday,
Aug. 9, to discuss the upcoming launch of the Radiation Belt Storm
Probes (RBSP), a mission to study Earth's radiation belts. The event
will be broadcast live on NASA Television and streamed on the
agency's website.

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 is
scheduled to launch no earlier than 4:08 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, from
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The twin probes will
lift off on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

News conference panelists are:

-- Madhulika Guhathakurta, Living With a Star program scientist, NASA
Headquarters, Washington
-- Mona Kessel, RBSP program scientist, NASA Headquarters
-- Barry Mauk, RBSP project scientist, Johns Hopkins University
Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), Laurel, Md.
-- Rick Fitzgerald, RBSP project manager, APL, Laurel, Md.

Reporters can ask questions from NASA's centers by telephone or via
Twitter using the hashtag #asknasa. For dial-in information,
reporters must send their name, media affiliation and telephone
number to j.d.harrington@nasa.gov by 1 p.m. Aug. 9.

RBSP will 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.

Graphics presented during the news conference will be online shortly
before the start of the event at:

http://www.nasa.gov/sunearth

For NASA TV streaming video, downlink and scheduling information,
visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

For more information about the RBSP mission, visit:

http:www.nasa.gov/rbsp

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Re: Atlas V 401- Radiation Belt Storm Probes- August 23, 2012
« Reply #43 on: 08/08/2012 12:38 PM »
Is this a new project or same Radiation Belt Storm Probes?



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Re: Atlas V 401- Radiation Belt Storm Probes- August 23, 2012
« Reply #45 on: 08/08/2012 03:39 PM »
Say good bye.  They are now in the fairing

Another one of the projects you worked on Jim? 
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Re: Atlas V 401- Radiation Belt Storm Probes- August 23, 2012
« Reply #46 on: 08/08/2012 04:44 PM »
Say good bye.  They are now in the fairing

Another one of the projects you worked on Jim? 

yep

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Re: Atlas V 401- Radiation Belt Storm Probes- August 23, 2012
« Reply #47 on: 08/08/2012 08:20 PM »
another view today of the s/c fairing

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Re: Atlas V 401- Radiation Belt Storm Probes- August 23, 2012
« Reply #48 on: 08/08/2012 08:23 PM »
Say good bye.  They are now in the fairing

Another one of the projects you worked on Jim? 

yep

awesome stuff. Thanks

(will be cheering with you when she launches!)
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Re: Atlas V 401- Radiation Belt Storm Probes- August 23, 2012
« Reply #49 on: 08/09/2012 06:40 PM »
RELEASE: 12-272

NEW NASA MISSION READY TO BRAVE EARTH'S RADIATION BELTS

WASHINGTON -- NASA's Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) mission will
send two spacecraft into the harsh environment of our planet's
radiation belts. Final preparations have begun for launch on
Thursday, Aug. 23, from Florida's Space Coast.

The RBSP spacecraft are designed to fly and operate in the heart of
the most hazardous regions of near-Earth space to collect crucial
data. The data will help researchers develop an understanding of the
Van Allen radiation belts, two rings of very high energy electrons
and protons that can pose hazards to human and robotic explorers.

"At the end of this month we will turn our attention from planet Mars
to planet Earth, both immersed in the atmosphere of our sun," said
Barbara Giles, director of NASA's Heliophysics Division. "RBSP will
further explore the connection of solar variability and its impacts
on Earth's radiation belts."

RBSP will help scientists understand how the invisible radiation belts
-- named for James Van Allen, who discovered them -- behave and react
to changes in the sun, thereby contributing to Earth's space weather.
Space weather is caused in great part by the sun's influence on Earth
and near-Earth space, including solar events such as giant eruptions
of solar material called coronal mass ejections.

"The dramatic dynamics of Earth's radiation belts caused by space
weather are highly unpredictable," said Barry Mauk, RBSP project
scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
(APL) in Laurel, Md. "One of the fundamental objectives of the RBSP
mission is to use Earth's magnetosphere as a natural laboratory to
understand generally how radiation is created and evolves throughout
the universe. There are many mysteries that need to be resolved."

Space weather fluctuations can increase radiation exposure for pilots
and passengers during polar aircraft flights. They also can disable
satellites, cause power grid failures, and disrupt the Global
Positioning System, television and telecommunications signals.
Understanding the science of space weather will lead to better space
weather predictions, which in turn will allow us to better manage and
protect our technological infrastructure in space and on the ground.

The spacecraft are atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket
currently being prepared to lift off from Cape Canaveral Air Force
Station, Fla.

"Everything is ready and prepared for RBSP to launch as scheduled,"
said Richard Fitzgerald, RBSP project manager at APL. "Both the twin
spacecraft and the entire RBSP team are eager to begin their
exploration of one of the most dangerous parts of space near our
planet."

The mission will last two years. The spacecraft, carrying the best and
most comprehensive instrumentation ever sent into the radiation
belts, will fly through surging and swelling belts of energized
particles that would damage ordinary spacecraft. By using a pair of
probes flying in highly elliptical orbits, scientists will be able to
study the radiation belts over space and time, learn how particles
within the belts are produced and behave during space weather events,
and what mechanisms drive the acceleration of the particles.

RBSP is part of NASA's Living With a Star Program to explore aspects
of the connected sun-Earth system that directly affect life and
society. LWS is managed by the agency's Goddard Space Flight Center
in Greenbelt, Md. APL built the RBSP spacecraft and will manage the
mission for NASA.

For more information about NASA's RBSP mission, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/rbsp


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Re: Atlas V 401- Radiation Belt Storm Probes- August 23, 2012
« Reply #50 on: 08/10/2012 07:22 AM »
B-Roll of the mission (including various systems testing) has been released:

[RBSP] B-Roll for NASA's Radiation Belt Storm Probes Mission

Published on Aug 9, 2012 by SpaceVidsNet
The Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) is designed to help us understand the Sun's influence on Earth and Near-Earth space by studying the Earth's radiation belts on various scales of space and time. The mission is part of the Living With a Star program and consists of two satellites that will orbit the Earth within the Van Allen radiation belts.

The mission is scheduled to launch on August 23, 2012 at 08:08 UTC from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral on an Atlas V401 rocket.

« Last Edit: 08/10/2012 07:25 AM by catdlr »
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Re: Atlas V 401- Radiation Belt Storm Probes- August 23, 2012
« Reply #51 on: 08/10/2012 03:53 PM »
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Re: Atlas V 401- Radiation Belt Storm Probes- August 23, 2012
« Reply #52 on: 08/10/2012 03:53 PM »
MEDIA ADVISORY: M12-148

NASA SETS RADIATION BELT STORM PROBES MISSION LAUNCH EVENTS COVERAGE



CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA's Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) are
set to launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket Aug. 23.
The 20-minute launch window for the twin probes at Cape Canaveral Air
Force Station's Space Launch Complex 41 begins at 4:08 a.m. EDT.

Launch commentary coverage, as well as prelaunch media briefings, will
be carried live on NASA Television and the agency's website.

RBSP will 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.

Prelaunch News Conference
A prelaunch news conference on NASA TV will be held at NASA Kennedy
Space Center's Press Site at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20.
Briefing participants are:
-- Michael Luther, deputy associate administrator for programs, NASA's
Science Mission Directorate, Washington
-- Tim Dunn, NASA launch director, Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
-- Vernon Thorp, program manager, NASA Missions, United Launch
Alliance, Denver, Colo.
-- Richard Fitzgerald, RBSP project manager, Johns Hopkins Applied
Physics Laboratory,
Laurel, Md.
-- Kathy Winters, launch weather officer, 45th Weather Squadron, Cape
Canaveral Air Force
Station, Fla.

RBSP Mission Science Briefing
Immediately following the prelaunch news conference, an RBSP mission
science briefing will be held and carried on NASA TV.
Briefing participants are:
-- Mona Kessel, RBSP program scientist, NASA Headquarters, Washington
-- Nicola Fox, RBSP deputy project scientist, Johns Hopkins Applied
Physics Laboratory
-- Craig Kletzing, principal investigator, University of Iowa,
Electric and Magnetic Field
Instrument Suite and Integrated Science instrument
-- Harlan Spence, principal investigator, University of New Hampshire,
Energetic Particle,
Composition, and Thermal Plasma Suite instrument, Durham, N.H.
-- Lou Lanzerotti, principal investigator, New Jersey Institute of
Technology, Radiation Belt
Storm Probes Ion Composition Experiment, Newark, N.J.

The science briefing is scheduled to conclude by 3 p.m.
A post-launch news conference also will be held approximately 2 1/2
hours after launch on Aug. 23.
Accreditation and Media Access Badges for Kennedy
U.S. media who want to cover the RBSP prelaunch news conference and
mission science briefing in-person must apply for credentials online
at:
https://media.ksc.nasa.gov/
The deadline for international media to apply for launch accreditation
has passed.

Atlas V Launch Vehicle Rollout
Tuesday, Aug. 21: There will be a media opportunity to observe rollout
of the Atlas V rocket from the Vertical Integration Facility to the
launch pad. Media should be at Kennedy's Press Site at 9 a.m. for
transportation to the viewing location near Space Launch Complex 41.
Remote Camera Placement at Space Launch Complex 41

Tuesday, Aug. 21: Photographers who wish to set up remote
sound-activated cameras at the Atlas V launch pad will transported to
Space Launch Complex 41. Media should meet in the Kennedy Press Site
parking lot at 1:30 p.m. Media also should plan to use a timer that
can be set for more than 24 hours. Only news media representatives
establishing a remote camera at the pad will be permitted for this
activity.

Launch Day Press Site Access
Thursday, Aug. 23: Media will cover the RBSP launch from Kennedy's
Press Site. Access will be through Gate 3 on State Road 405, east of
the Kennedy Center Visitor Complex beginning at 12:30 a.m.
Kennedy Press Site Hours
Monday, Aug. 20: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 21: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 22: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 23: 12:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

NASA Television Coverage
On Monday, Aug. 20, NASA Television will carry the RBSP prelaunch news
conference and mission science briefing live beginning at 1 p.m.
On Thursday, Aug. 23, NASA Television coverage of the launch will
begin at 1:30 a.m. and conclude after the second of the two RBSP
spacecraft has separated from the Atlas V, which occurs 91 minutes
and six seconds after launch. Live launch coverage will be carried on
all NASA Television channels.

A post-launch news conference will be held at Kennedy's Press Site
approximately 2 1/2 hours after launch. Spokespersons also will be
available at the Press Site for interviews and to answer questions.

For NASA Television downlink information, schedule information and
streaming video, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

A prelaunch webcast for the RBSP mission will be streamed on NASA's
website at noon, Wednesday, Aug. 22. Live countdown coverage through
NASA's Launch Blog begins at 1:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 23. Coverage
features live updates as countdown milestones occur, as well as
streaming video clips highlighting launch preparations and liftoff.
For questions about countdown coverage, contact Jeanne Ryba at
321-867-7824.

To view the webcast and the blog or to learn more about the RBSP
mission, visit :
http://www.nasa.gov/rbsp

Social Media
Join the conversation online by using the #RBSP hashtag or by
following RBSP on Twitter at @RBStormProbes or on Facebook at:


http://on.fb.me/QR9agm

Throughout the launch countdown, the @RBStormProbes and @NASAKennedy
Twitter feeds will be continuously updated with the latest mission
updates and news.

http://www.twitter.com/RBStormProbes
and

http://www.twitter.com/nasakennedy

Recorded Status
Recorded status reports and updates to the media advisory on the RBSP
launch will be provided through the Kennedy media phone line starting
Monday, Aug. 20. The telephone number is 321-867-2525.

Wireless Capability
Wireless capability for the news media is available at Kennedy's Press
Site.

RBSP is part of NASA's Living with a Star program, 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.
NASA's Launch Services Program at Kennedy is responsible for launch
management. United Launch Alliance is the provider of the Atlas V
launch service.

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Re: Atlas V 401- Radiation Belt Storm Probes- August 23, 2012
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Re: Atlas V 401- Radiation Belt Storm Probes- August 23, 2012
« Reply #54 on: 08/17/2012 08:19 PM »
Yep, playing pretend rocket launch today

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Re: Atlas V 401- Radiation Belt Storm Probes- August 23, 2012
« Reply #55 on: 08/17/2012 08:22 PM »
and view of the real one:


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Not to detract from this update thread, but we will have a very nice surprise after this launch for you ULA fans.

Firstly, this weekend, we'll be creating a specific ULA section on the forum. We'll then have this launch. Then - in full association with ULA, per agreement, we'll have a special event on the forum. :)

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Re: Atlas V 401- Radiation Belt Storm Probes- August 23, 2012
« Reply #57 on: 08/18/2012 08:52 AM »
Exciting news from ULA Chris. I'm always up for an Atlas or Delta launch.  ;D

Some nice images from the NASA gallery.


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Re: Atlas V 401- Radiation Belt Storm Probes- August 23, 2012
« Reply #58 on: 08/18/2012 01:52 PM »
Not to detract from this update thread, but we will have a very nice surprise after this launch for you ULA fans.

Firstly, this weekend, we'll be creating a specific ULA section on the forum. We'll then have this launch. Then - in full association with ULA, per agreement, we'll have a special event on the forum. :)

sounds awesome! I love (good) surprises  ;)

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Re: Atlas V 401- Radiation Belt Storm Probes- August 23, 2012
« Reply #59 on: 08/18/2012 05:42 PM »
Not to detract from this update thread, but we will have a very nice surprise after this launch for you ULA fans.

Firstly, this weekend, we'll be creating a specific ULA section on the forum. We'll then have this launch. Then - in full association with ULA, per agreement, we'll have a special event on the forum. :)

Excellent. Sounds intriguing. :)

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