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RE: Delta II - GLAST mission - May 16, 2008
« Reply #40 on: 04/18/2008 07:17 PM »
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PA space fan - 18/4/2008  9:14 PM

Second-stage stacking problem, according to SpaceflightNow.
Probably related to this:

"During preparations to hoist the second stage atop the first stage, an incident occurred which caused an adapter beam associated with the lifting operation to fracture. As a result, the stacking operation was immediately stopped. A team has been appointed to investigate the incident."

That was from last week's ELV status report.
"For Sardines, space is no problem!"
-1996 Astronaut class slogan

"We're rolling in the wrong direction but for the right reasons"
-USA engineer about the rollback of Discovery prior to the STS-114 Return To Flight mission

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Re: Delta II - GLAST mission - May 16, 2008
« Reply #41 on: 04/18/2008 09:02 PM »
STATUS REPORT: ELV-041808

EXPENDABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE STATUS REPORT

Mission: GLAST (Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope)
Location: Astrotech payload processing facility
Launch Vehicle: Delta II 7920-H
Launch Pad: 17-B
Launch Date: TBD (under assessment)  

At Pad 17-B on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the Delta II second
stage is planned to be hoisted atop the first stage on Monday. This
week, work to complete the manufacturing, testing and evaluation of
the new H-beam associated with the lifting of the second stage was
completed.

Meanwhile, at the Astrotech payload processing facility, the GLAST
Ku-band communications antenna was installed on Tuesday. Testing will
begin on Sunday. End-to-end communications system testing is also
scheduled for this weekend. Closeouts of the spacecraft thermal
blankets continue. The star tracker sun shade installation is
currently planned for next Wednesday.

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Re: Delta II - GLAST mission - May 16, 2008
« Reply #42 on: 04/19/2008 02:52 AM »
The GLAST science team have been told that a crane impacted the rocket. There is no visible damage. The initial projection was a 3-day delay in the launch however that has not been confirmed yet. GLAST itself has no launch constraints but there are a lot of other launches behind it in the queue.

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Re: Delta II - GLAST mission - May 16, 2008
« Reply #43 on: 04/23/2008 04:17 PM »
No word of a Stage 2 lift yet.  Did it happen on Monday as planned?

 - Ed Kyle


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RE: Delta II - GLAST mission - May 16, 2008
« Reply #44 on: 04/23/2008 04:42 PM »
second stage was lifted on Tuesday.  NASA reports that launch date will not be set until next week.  Need to fit it between other launches on East and West Coast of US.

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RE: Delta II - GLAST mission - May 16, 2008
« Reply #45 on: 04/25/2008 03:07 PM »
STATUS REPORT: ELV-042508

EXPENDABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE STATUS REPORT

Mission: GLAST (Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope)
Location: Astrotech payload processing facility
Launch Vehicle: Delta II 7920-H
Launch Pad: 17-B
Launch Date: TBD (under assessment)
Launch Window: 11:45 a.m. - 1:40 p.m. EDT

At Pad 17-B on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the Delta II second
stage was hoisted into position on Tuesday. Upcoming milestones
include a cryogenic test of the first stage using liquid oxygen,
along with an associated countdown operation. A Simulated Flight Test
follows that, encompassing the flight events that occur from liftoff
through spacecraft separation to exercise the onboard vehicle systems
of the Delta II. Both tests will occur approximately the second week
of May.

Meanwhile, at the Astrotech payload processing facility, end-to-end
communications testing through the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite
System has been completed. Three sunshades associated with the star
tracker system were installed on Wednesday, and the sun trackers
associated with the solar arrays were cleaned. The closeouts of the
spacecraft thermal blankets continue. A final cleaning of the overall
spacecraft and black light inspection are under way today, which are
the last activities for spacecraft processing until the fueling of
the spacecraft. Fueling will be scheduled once a launch date has been
determined.

Moblie Service Structure at Canaveral LC-40 is scheduled to be demolished
between 09:00-11:00 EDT on 27 April.

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Re: Delta II - GLAST mission - May 16, 2008
« Reply #46 on: 04/27/2008 02:15 AM »
Launch is currently NET May 31.

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Re: Delta II - GLAST mission - May 16, 2008
« Reply #47 on: 04/27/2008 05:31 AM »
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Launch is currently NET May 31.

Hmm... what are the chances of the vehicle and payload being ready on that date. I can think of one MAJOR range confliction there.   :o

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Re: Delta II - GLAST mission - May 16, 2008
« Reply #48 on: 04/27/2008 12:26 PM »
NET = "No Earlier Than" a specific date, is does not mean launch is planned for that date.

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Re: Delta II - GLAST mission - May 16, 2008
« Reply #49 on: 04/28/2008 04:47 AM »
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NET = "No Earlier Than" a specific date, is does not mean launch is planned for that date.

Yeah... I know. I was just asking if anyone on here knew the viability of that date... as in "might be possible to make," or "not really, but a good 'work-to' date." I was just trying to get a sense of what the Eastern Range might look like around May 31.  ;)

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RE: Delta II - GLAST mission - May 16, 2008
« Reply #50 on: 05/02/2008 08:59 PM »
STATUS REPORT: ELV-050208

EXPENDABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE STATUS REPORT

Mission: GLAST (Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope)
Location: Astrotech payload processing facility
Launch Vehicle: Delta II 7920-H
Launch Pad: 17-B
Launch Date: TBD (under assessment)
Launch Window: 11:45 a.m. - 1:40 p.m. EDT

At Pad 17-B on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, a cryogenic test of
the Delta II first stage is scheduled for May 7. This test includes a
countdown and the loading aboard of liquid oxygen as a leak check of
the first stage. The following day a Simulated Flight Test will be
performed exercising the onboard vehicle systems of the Delta II from
liftoff through spacecraft separation. NASA managers are working to
resolve an issue with flight ordnance that they consider could affect
mission success.

At Astrotech, a final cleaning of the GLAST spacecraft and the
associated black light inspection have been completed. Preparations
have begun to move the spacecraft to the hazardous processing
facility on Sunday. Fueling operations are scheduled for next week.

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RE: Delta II - GLAST mission - May 16, 2008
« Reply #51 on: 05/09/2008 04:48 PM »
STATUS REPORT: ELV-050908

EXPENDABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE STATUS REPORT

Mission: GLAST (Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope)
Location: Astrotech payload processing facility
Launch Vehicle: Delta II 7920-H (United Launch Alliance)
Launch Pad: 17-B
Launch Date: No Earlier Than June 3, 2008
Launch Window: 11:45 a.m. - 1:40 p.m. EDT

NASA management currently is targeting no earlier than June 3 for the
liftoff of GLAST atop a Delta II rocket.

At Pad 17-B on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, a cryogenic test of
the Delta II first stage was conducted May 7. This test included a
countdown and the loading aboard of liquid oxygen as a leak check of
the first stage. Yesterday a Simulated Flight Test was performed
exercising the onboard vehicle systems of the Delta II from liftoff
through spacecraft separation. At Astrotech, the spacecraft is in the
hazardous processing facility and fueling is scheduled for this
weekend.

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RE: Delta II - GLAST mission - June 3, 2008
« Reply #52 on: 05/12/2008 09:04 PM »
MEDIA ADVISORY: 08-08

NASA'S GLAST MEDIA OPPORTUNITY SET FOR MAY 15

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA's Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope, or
GLAST, soon to be launched aboard a Delta II rocket, will be the
focus of a media opportunity on Thursday, May 15. The event will be
held at the Astrotech Space Operations facility in Titusville, Fla.,
at 10 a.m. EDT.

The event will include an opportunity to photograph GLAST and to
interview project officials from NASA and General Dynamics, builder
of the spacecraft. Media may proceed directly to Astrotech located in
the Spaceport Florida Industrial Park, 1515 Chaffee Drive,
Titusville. Access begins at 9:45 a.m. The event will last
approximately two hours.

Spokespeople available will be:
- Albert Vernacchio, GLAST Deputy Project Manager
Goddard Space Flight Center
- Dr. Steven Ritz, GLAST Project Scientist/Astrophysicist
Goddard Space Flight Center
- Bruce Reid
GLAST Kennedy Space Center Mission Manager
- Robb Pinkerton, Technical Program Manager
General Dynamics

GLAST, NASA's new gamma-ray observatory, will open a wide window on
the universe. Gamma rays are the highest-energy form of light, and
the gamma-ray sky is spectacularly different from the one we perceive
with our own eyes. With a huge leap in all key capabilities, GLAST
data will enable scientists to answer persistent questions across a
broad range of topics, including supermassive black-hole systems,
pulsars, the origin of cosmic rays, and searches for signals of new
physics.

NASA's GLAST mission is an astrophysics and particle physics
partnership, developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of
Energy, along with important contributions from academic institutions
and partners in France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Sweden, and the U.S.

For the media event, procedures for optically sensitive spacecraft
must be followed by individuals entering the clean room where the
spacecraft is being processed. Guidelines for controlled access to
the clean room have been developed by quality control personnel and
will be monitored prior to entering the facility. Full clean room
attire (bunny suits) must be worn and will be furnished.
Photographers may be requested to clean cameras or accessories using
alcohol wipes which will be provided.

Long pants, shirts with sleeves and closed-toe shoes must be worn --
no shorts or skirts. Non-essential equipment, such as camera bags or
other carrying cases, should be left outside the clean room. No
pencils or felt-tipped pens can be permitted inside the clean room;
only ball-point pens may be used. No food, tobacco, chewing gum,
lighters, matches or pocketknives will be allowed. Please do not wear
perfume, cologne or makeup.

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

The Delta II rocket is being prepared for flight by United Launch
Alliance at Space Launch Complex 17 on Cape Canaveral Air Force
Station. The liftoff is currently planned for Tuesday, June 3 at the
opening of a 115 minute window that extends from 11:45 a.m. - 1:40
p.m.

The NASA Goddard Space Flight Center is responsible for designing and
developing the spacecraft and its instruments. General Dynamics built
the spacecraft for Goddard. The NASA Launch Services Program at the
Kennedy Space Center is responsible for the countdown and launch
management of the Delta II.

For more information about GLAST, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/glast  

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RE: Delta II - GLAST mission - June 3, 2008
« Reply #53 on: 05/16/2008 09:21 PM »
STATUS REPORT: ELV-051608

EXPENDABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE STATUS REPORT

Mission: GLAST (Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope)
Location: Astrotech payload processing facility
Launch Vehicle: Delta II 7920-H (United Launch Alliance)
Launch Pad: 17-B
Launch Date: No Earlier Than June 3, 2008
Launch Window: 11:45 a.m. - 1:40 p.m. EDT

At Astrotech this week, the GLAST spacecraft underwent final closeouts
in preparation for being transported to the launch pad. It was mated
to the launch vehicle's payload attach fitting on Wednesday. GLAST is
being installed Friday into the payload transportation canister in
preparation for transfer to the launch pad. The rollout from
Astrotech to Pad 17-B will be done during the overnight hours of
Saturday morning, and mating of the spacecraft to the second stage of
the Delta II is planned between 5 and 7 a.m. EDT.

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Re: Delta II - GLAST mission - June 3, 2008
« Reply #54 on: 05/19/2008 06:56 PM »
RELEASE:  08-44

 

NASA to Hold GLAST Pre-launch News Briefing

 

GREENBELT, Md. – NASA Goddard Space Flight Center will hold a teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, May 27, for a science and mission status briefing on NASA’s upcoming Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST) mission. Reporters should contact Robert Naeye at Tel. 301-286-4453 by noon on May 27, for dial-in information.

 

GLAST, NASA's new gamma-ray observatory, will open a wide new window on the universe. Gamma rays are the highest-energy form of light, and the gamma-ray sky is spectacularly different from what we perceive with our own eyes. With a huge leap in all key capabilities, GLAST data will enable scientists to answer persistent questions across a broad range of topics, including supermassive black hole systems, pulsars, the origin of cosmic rays, and searches for signatures of new physics.

 

The briefing participants are:

- Lynn Cominsky, GLAST Education and Public Outreach, Sonoma State University,

Rohnert Park, Calif.
- Steve Ritz, GLAST Project Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.  
- David Thompson, GLAST Deputy Project Scientist, NASA Goddard

- Peter Michelson, Large Area Telescope (LAT) Principal Investigator, Stanford University,

Palo Alto, Calif.

- Charles "Chip" Meegan, GLAST Burst Monitor (GBM) Principal Investigator, Marshall

Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.

 

NASA's GLAST mission is an astrophysics and particle physics partnership, developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy, along with important contributions from academic institutions and partners in France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Sweden, and the U.S.

 

For teleconference slides and biographies, please visit:

 

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/GLAST/news/L7_telecon_main.html

 

For more information about the GLAST mission, please visit:

 

http://www.nasa.gov/glast


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RE: Delta II - GLAST mission - June 3, 2008
« Reply #56 on: 05/23/2008 03:10 AM »
MEDIA ADVISORY: M08-106

NASA'S GLAST SPACE TELESCOPE TO LAUNCH ABOARD DELTA II ON JUNE 3

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Launch of NASA's Gamma-ray Large Area Space
Telescope, or GLAST, is targeted for Tuesday, June 3, from Pad 17-B
at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The launch window extends
from 11:45 a.m. to 1:40 p.m. EDT and remains unchanged through Aug.
7. The June 3 launch date is dependent on space shuttle Discovery's
May 31 liftoff, and will move if the shuttle launch is delayed.

NASA's new gamma-ray observatory will open a wide window on the
universe through the study of Gamma rays, the highest-energy form of
light. GLAST data will enable scientists to answer persistent
questions across a broad range of topics, including supermassive
black-hole systems, pulsars, the origin of cosmic rays, and searches
for signals of new physics.

NASA will hold a pre-launch news conference at NASA's Kennedy Space
Center news center at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 1. The briefing will be
carried live on NASA Television.

Participating in the briefing will be:
- Dr. Jon Morse, director, Astrophysics Division, NASA Headquarters,
Washington
- Omar Baez, NASA launch director/launch manager, Kennedy Space Center
- Kris Walsh, director of Delta NASA and Commercial Programs, United
Launch Alliance, Cape Canaveral, Fla.
- Albert Vernacchio, GLAST deputy project manager, NASA's Goddard
Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
- Dr. Steven Ritz, GLAST Project scientist/astrophysicist, Goddard
Space Flight Center
- Joel Tumbiolo, U.S. Air Force Delta II launch weather officer, 45th
Weather Squadron, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station

A prelaunch webcast will take place on Monday, June 2 at noon on NASA
Direct, Kennedy's Internet broadcasting network. GLAST's launch
director will explain how the countdown will unfold on launch day,
discuss how the spacecraft and Delta II launch vehicle were prepared
for liftoff, and viewers will hear GLAST's project scientist explain
the mission's goals. To view the webcast, and for more information
about the GLAST mission, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/glast

NASA TELEVISION COVERAGE
On Sunday, June 1, NASA TV coverage of the GLAST pre-launch news
conference at Kennedy will begin at 1 p.m. Two-way question and
answer capability will be available from participating NASA
locations. On Tuesday, June 3, NASA TV coverage of the launch will
begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude after spacecraft separation from the
Delta II rocket, which occurs 75 minutes after launch. Coverage will
be carried on the NASA TV Media Channel (Channel 103). The broadcast
network HDNet also will carry the launch in high-definition
television format from 11:30 a.m. until noon. For complete NASA TV
downlink information, schedules and links to streaming video, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

Audio of the pre-launch news conference will be carried on Kennedy's
monitor-only phone lines and can be heard by dialing 321-867-1260 or
321-867-7135. On launch day, mission audio countdown activities
without NASA launch commentary will be carried on 321-867-7135,
beginning at 8:30 a.m. NASA launch commentary will begin at 9:30 a.m.
and will be available at 321-867-1260. Launch commentary also will be
available on amateur radio frequency 146.940 Mhz (VHF), heard within
Brevard County, Fla.

ACCREDITATION AND MEDIA ACCESS BADGES FOR THE GLAST LAUNCH
All reporters, including those who are permanently badged for Kennedy,
must complete the accreditation process for the activities associated
with the GLAST launch. The media accreditation process may be done
via the Web by going to:

https://media.ksc.nasa.gov

Accreditation requests for the GLAST pre-launch, launch and
post-launch activities at Kennedy and Cape Canaveral Air Force
Station must be received by the close of business Tuesday, May 27. On
Friday, May 30, media without permanent credentials may obtain NASA
access badges at the Pass and Identification building between 6 a.m.
and 4 p.m. The building is located on State Road 405 south of
Titusville, east of U.S. 1 after passing the Astronaut Hall of Fame.
Two forms of government-issued identification are required, including
one with photo. To arrange for badging over the weekend, contact
Laurel Lichtenberger in the news media accreditation office at
321-867-4036.

REMOTE CAMERA PLACEMENT AT COMPLEX 17
On Monday, June 2, photographers who wish to set up remote cameras at
the Delta launch complex will be escorted to Pad 17-B. Departure by
vehicle convoy will be at 1 p.m. from the Space Florida parking lot
located on Poseidon Avenue, adjacent to Gate 1 of Cape Canaveral Air
Force Station.

LAUNCH DAY PRESS SITE ACCESS AT CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION
On Tuesday, June 3, sign-in of badged reporters will begin at 10:30
a.m. at the Space Florida parking lot. Media will be required to show
their permanent KSC credentials or temporary KSC machine badge before
being allowed access to the media viewing site. Following the launch,
media will be escorted via caravan back to Gate 1. Media requiring
access to the Kennedy Press Site after launch must proceed through
Gate 2 on State Road 3. Media requiring remote camera retrieval
should remain at the viewing site until escorted to the launch pad.
After camera retrieval, photographers will be escorted back to Gate
1.

Because this launch is a Delta II Heavy configuration with larger
solid rocket boosters, the media viewing site will be atop the
Trident Bluff on south Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. There is no
infrastructure at this location, so news media should plan on being
fully self-contained. A wireless Internet capability will be
available.

POST-LAUNCH ACTIVITIES
No post-launch news conference is planned. A post-launch news release
will be issued once first contact has been made with GLAST and the
state of health of the spacecraft can be determined. This should
occur within one hour after spacecraft separation from the Delta II.

NEWS CENTER HOURS FOR LAUNCH
Kennedy's News Center will be open for GLAST news operations beginning
on Sunday, June 1, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., continuing through
launch. Starting at that time, status reports on the launch of GLAST
and any media updates will be recorded on the news center update line
at 321-867-2525.

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RE: Delta II - GLAST mission - June 3, 2008
« Reply #57 on: 05/23/2008 06:58 PM »
STATUS REPORT: ELV-052308

EXPENDABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE STATUS REPORT

Mission: GLAST (Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope)
Location: Astrotech payload processing facility
Launch Vehicle: Delta II 7920-H (United Launch Alliance)
Launch Pad: 17-B
Launch Date: No Earlier Than June 3, 2008
Launch Window: 11:45 a.m. - 1:40 p.m. EDT

The rollout of the GLAST spacecraft from Astrotech to Pad 17-B began
shortly after midnight on May 17, arriving at Pad 17-B on Cape
Canaveral Air Force Station at 5 a.m. The spacecraft was then hoisted
atop the Delta II at 7:30 a.m. Spacecraft state of health checks are
successfully complete.

Thursday the Flight Program Verification was conducted. This is an
electrical and mechanical test of the Delta II and GLAST working
together as a single integrated system during countdown and launch
milestones. Once this test is complete, spacecraft closeouts will
begin. GLAST will be encapsulated into the Delta II fairing on May
27.

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Re: Delta II - GLAST mission - June 3, 2008
« Reply #58 on: 05/30/2008 11:23 AM »
According to Spaceflight Now, the launch is now scheduled for June 5.

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Re: Delta II - GLAST mission - June 3, 2008
« Reply #59 on: 05/30/2008 03:54 PM »
MEDIA ADVISORY: M08-110

NASA TARGETS GLAST LAUNCH FOR JUNE 5

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The launch of NASA's GLAST spacecraft aboard a
United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket is scheduled for Thursday,
June 5. The launch window extends from 11:45 a.m. to 1:40 p.m. EDT
and remains unchanged through Aug. 7.

The June 5 date already is reserved for the launch of GLAST on the
Eastern Range. The date was chosen at the conclusion of Thursday's
Flight Readiness Review to give the launch team sufficient time to
make sure remaining open engineering issues are resolved.

The GLAST prelaunch news conference is scheduled for 1 p.m. on
Tuesday, June 3, at the news center at NASA's Kennedy Space Center,
Fla. Question-and-answer capability will be available from
participating NASA locations.

The placement of remote cameras at Pad 17-B is scheduled for 1 p.m. on
Wednesday, June 4. On launch day, news media should meet at 10:30
a.m. at the Space Florida parking lot outside Gate 1 of Cape
Canaveral Air Force Station.

Launch commentary on NASA Television (media channel 103) will begin at
9:45 a.m. For complete NASA TV downlink information, schedules and
links to streaming video, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

For more information about the GLAST mission, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/glast 


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