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RE: ST5 in prep for Feb launch
« Reply #1 on: 01/02/2006 10:04 AM »
That's actually one of the better ideas I've seen for new satellite technology. Everything gets smaller in time as technology advances, this is a pretty cool thing to follow.

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RE: ST5 in prep for Feb launch
« Reply #2 on: 01/02/2006 12:55 PM »
Makes total sense. Helps from everything from space junk to cost.

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RE: ST5 in prep for Feb launch
« Reply #3 on: 01/27/2006 03:07 PM »
STATUS REPORT: E06-003

NASA EXPENDABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE STATUS REPORT: E06-003

Mission: Space Technology 5 (ST5)
Launch Vehicle: Orbital Sciences Pegasus XL
Launch Date: Feb. 28, 2006
Launch Window: 8:57 - 10:19 A.M. EST


In the Orbital Sciences hangar, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.,
mating the three Pegasus XL stages completed.
ST5 testing and checkout complete. Spacecraft scheduled for mating
with Pegasus on Feb. 6.
Pegasus Flight Simulation No. 2, today.
Mission: Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite
Observation and CloudSat
Launch Vehicle: Boeing Delta 7420 with Dual Payload Attach Fitting
Launch Pad: Space Launch Complex 2, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
Launch Date: TBD
Launch Window: TBD


Satellites installed in the Dual Payload Attach Fitting at the
Astrotech payload processing facilities. They will remain there until
launch date selected. Spacecraft battery charging performed as
necessary.

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RE: ST5 in prep for Feb launch
« Reply #4 on: 02/10/2006 06:10 PM »
STATUS REPORT: E06-005

NASA EXPENDABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE STATUS REPORT: E06-005

Mission: Space Technology 5 (ST5)
Launch Site: Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
Launch Vehicle: Orbital Sciences Pegasus XL
Launch Date: Feb. 28, 2006
Launch Window: 8:57 to 10:19 a.m. EST
Targeted Drop Time: 9:02 a.m. EST



Flight Simulation No. 4, an integrated test with the ST5 spacecraft
and the Pegasus rocket, completed Wednesday. The flight termination
system, avionics batteries and ST5 logo installed. Final functional
testing and spacecraft closeouts scheduled this weekend.
The three-day operation to install the Pegasus vehicle fairing around
the ST5 starts Tuesday. Pegasus will be mated to its transporter on
Feb. 20 and moved to Vandenberg's runway for mating to the Orbital
Sciences L-1011 carrier jet aircraft on Feb. 24.

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RE: ST5 in prep for Feb launch
« Reply #5 on: 02/17/2006 09:18 PM »
STATUS REPORT: ELV-021706

EXPENDABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE STATUS REPORT

MISSION: Space Technology 5 (ST5)
LAUNCH SITE: Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
LAUNCH VEHICLE: Orbital Sciences Pegasus XL
LAUNCH DATE: Feb. 28, 2006
LAUNCH WINDOW: 8:57 a.m. - 10:19 a.m. EST
TARGETED DROP TIME: 9:02 a.m. EST (6:02 a.m. PST)

Spacecraft closeouts are complete. The fairing was cleaned and
inspected with a black light for any contamination. Quality control
contamination samples were taken from the craft.

The right half of the fairing was installed Wednesday. Installation of
the left half of the fairing was completed Thursday.

The Pegasus/ST5 combination will be mated to the transporter on
Monday. Transportation to the runway for mating to the L-1011 carrier
aircraft is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 24.

An integrated launch vehicle/spacecraft combined systems test and an
ST5 state-of-health check is scheduled for Feb. 25.

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RE: ST5 in prep for Feb launch
« Reply #6 on: 02/18/2006 04:23 PM »
Video of preps (select VAFB site)

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

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RE: ST5 in prep for Feb launch
« Reply #7 on: 02/22/2006 01:17 PM »
We are watching a delay in progress, sources. Info is very unofficial, thus on the L2 section at present.

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RE: ST5 in prep for Feb launch
« Reply #8 on: 02/23/2006 12:27 AM »
And the L2 section showed it's worth on many things, this included.

NET launch date is now March 6 due to a problem with the spacecraft seperation device which needs looking at.

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RE: ST5 in prep for Feb launch
« Reply #9 on: 02/24/2006 01:38 PM »
Should remember to move some of the info down from the L2 section.

New NET is March 11. Story, or note of this change, in an article today.

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RE: ST5 in prep for Feb launch
« Reply #10 on: 03/02/2006 12:22 AM »
STATUS REPORT: E06-008

NASA EXPENDABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE STATUS REPORT: E06-008

Mission: Space Technology 5 (ST5)
Launch Site: Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
Launch Vehicle: Orbital Sciences Pegasus XL
Launch Date: No earlier than March 14, 2006
Launch Window: 8:57:31 to 10:19:50 a.m. EST
Targeted Drop Time: 9:02 a.m. EST

The ST5 launch has been rescheduled due to the availability of the
Western Range. Technicians have completed reviewing data from the
spacecraft's separation system and determined it will function as
designed.

The Pegasus/ST5 combination is mated to its transporter in preparation
to be moved from the hangar to the runway. The L-1011 carrier
aircraft is scheduled to arrive at Vandenberg March 6.

A flight termination system test between the Pegasus and the Western
Range is scheduled for March 8. The Pegasus/ST5 will be transported
to the runway and mated to the L-1011 carrier aircraft on March 10.
An integrated launch vehicle/spacecraft combined systems test and an
ST5 state-of-health check is scheduled for March 11.

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RE: ST5 in prep for Feb launch
« Reply #11 on: 03/02/2006 09:33 PM »
I hope they don't suffer too many more delays. Is there a deadline for this to launch before it's overtaken by another mission?

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RE: ST5 in prep for Feb launch
« Reply #12 on: 03/03/2006 11:24 AM »
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Launch Fan - 2/3/2006  4:33 PMI hope they don't suffer too many more delays. Is there a deadline for this to launch before it's overtaken by another mission?

Another Pegasus or what? 

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RE: ST5 in prep for Feb launch
« Reply #13 on: 03/04/2006 02:18 AM »
He's asking about launch operations. He obviously doesn't know this launch is unique, so that is the answer to the question.

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RE: ST5 in prep for Feb launch
« Reply #14 on: 03/06/2006 09:01 PM »
03.06.06

George Diller
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
Phone: (321) 867-2468

Lynn Chandler
Goddard Space Flight Center, Md.
Phone: (301) 286-2806

Barry Beneski
Orbital Sciences Corporation, Va.
Phone: (703) 406-5528

MEDIA ADVISORY: 17-06

NASA SETS MEDIA EVENTS FOR SPACE TECHNOLOGY 5 LAUNCH

NASA's Space Technology 5 (ST5) spacecraft is scheduled to launch from
an Orbital Sciences Pegasus XL vehicle at 6:02 a.m. PST (9:02 EST) on
March 14 within a launch window that extends from 5:57 to 7:19 a.m.
PST. The drop point of the Pegasus from the L-1011 carrier aircraft
is a location over the Pacific Ocean approximately 100 miles offshore
west-northwest of Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. ST5 will be
launched at an azimuth of 105.6 degrees into an elliptical polar
orbit of 186 miles by 2,796 miles.

The New Millennium Program's ST5 spacecraft consists of three
miniature satellites called "micro-sats." ST5 will flight-validate
innovative technology concepts to reduce risks to future science
missions.

Although only 55 pounds each, the satellites have capabilities
comparable to those of much larger spacecraft. ST5 will demonstrate
the ability of small satellites to perform research-quality science
by taking measurements of the Earth's magnetic field using highly
sensitive magnetometers.

NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida is responsible for launch
vehicle and spacecraft integration and launch countdown management.
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., is responsible
for the overall ST5 mission management, the spacecraft and associated
technology development. Orbital Sciences Corporation is responsible
for providing the Pegasus XL launch service to NASA.

Prelaunch Press Conference

A prelaunch press conference and mission briefing, to be carried live
on NASA Television, will begin at 1 p.m. PST (4 p.m. EST) on March 12
in the conference room of the NASA-KSC Resident Office at Vandenberg
Air Force Base.

Participating in the prelaunch press conference will be:



Jim Slavin, NASA ST5 Project Scientist
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.


Chuck Dovale, NASA Launch Director/NASA Launch Manager
NASA Kennedy Space Center, Fla.


Bryan Baldwin, Pegasus Launch Vehicle Program Director
Orbital Sciences Corporation, McClean, Va.


Art Azarbarzin, NASA ST5 Spacecraft Project Manager
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.


U.S. Air Force Capt. David G. Bieger, Launch Weather Officer
30th Weather Squadron, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.


ST5 Mission Briefing

An ST5 mission briefing will immediately follow the prelaunch press
conference. Participating will be:



Ray Taylor, Science Mission Directorate
NASA Headquarters, Washington


Chris Stevens, New Millennium Program
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.


Jim Slavin, ST5 Project Scientist
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.


Press Accreditation and ST5 Coverage

News media desiring accreditation to cover the prelaunch press
conference and launch of ST5 should call USAF Staff Sgt. Allen
Puckett in the 30th Space Wing Public Affairs Office at Vandenberg at
805/606-3595.

On March 12, local media desiring to cover the ST5 prelaunch press
conference and mission briefing should meet at the south gate of
Vandenberg Air Force Base on California State Road 246 at 12:30 p.m.
PST for escort to the NASA Vandenberg Resident Office in Building
840.

On launch day, March 14, media representatives should meet at the
Vandenberg main gate at 4:30 a.m. PST to be escorted to the viewing
room of the NASA Mission Director's Center located at Building 840 on
South Vandenberg Air Force Base. From there, media may follow the
L-1011 departure, flight and launch of Pegasus/ST5.

Assuming a successful flight of the Pegasus, a post-launch news
conference will not be held. However, launch vehicle and spacecraft
representatives will be available afterward to informally answer
questions from the media.

NASA Television Launch Coverage of Pegasus/ST5

Live coverage on NASA Television of the Pegasus/ST5 launch will begin
at 4:30 a.m. PST (7:30 a.m. EST) on March 14 and continue through
spacecraft separation from the Pegasus vehicle, which occurs
approximately 10 minutes after launch. Live launch commentary and
audio of the Pegasus/ST5 briefings will be available on the "V
circuits" that may be dialed at 321/867-1220, 1240, 1260.

In the continental United States, NASA TV is available via satellite
on AMC-6, Transponder 17, C-Band, located at 72 degrees West
longitude. The frequency is 4040.0 Mhz video, 6.8 Mhz audio, MPEG-2
digital signal. In Alaska and Hawaii, NASA TV is available on AMC-7,
Transponder 18, C-Band, at 137 degrees West longitude. The frequency
is 4060.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at
6.80 MHz.

For NASA TV launch coverage, information and schedules on the
Internet, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

Web Prelaunch, Launch and Mission Coverage of Pegasus/ST5

NASA Direct, Kennedy Space Center's Internet broadcasting network,
will conduct a prelaunch webcast from Vandenberg Air Force Base,
Calif., on March 12 at 4 p.m. PST (7 p.m. EST). It will include
interviews with representatives from NASA's Goddard Space Flight
Center and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Experts will also take part
in a question-and-answer session discussing the goals of the mission
and the science and technology involved in ST5. The NASA Direct
question board closes March 9 at 8 a.m. PST (11 a.m. EST).

Kennedy Space Center's Virtual Launch Control Center will provide
launch day coverage on March 14 beginning at 4:30 a.m. PST (7:30 a.m.
EST). Coverage features real-time updates as countdown milestones
occur, as well as streaming video clips highlighting mission
preparation and launch activities.

For launch coverage and ST5 mission information, go to the NASA Direct
Web site at:

http://www.nasa.gov/st5

Pegasus/ST5 News Center

The Pegasus/ST5 News Center at the NASA Vandenberg Resident Office
will be staffed starting on March 6 and may be reached between 8 a.m.
and 4:30 p.m. PST at 805/605-3051.

A recorded status report will also be available starting at that time
and may be reached by dialing 805/734-2693. The U.S. Air Force Public
Affairs office may be reached at 805/606-3595.


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RE: ST5 in prep for Feb launch
« Reply #15 on: 03/07/2006 05:55 PM »

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RE: ST5 in prep for Feb launch
« Reply #16 on: 03/08/2006 10:04 PM »
No more delays expected?

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RE: ST5 in prep for Feb launch
« Reply #17 on: 03/08/2006 11:37 PM »
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Orbiter Obvious - 8/3/2006  5:04 PM

No more delays expected?

It sounds like they've got the problems licked now.

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RE: ST5 in prep for Feb launch
« Reply #18 on: 03/09/2006 10:22 PM »
Cool. Thanks!

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RE: ST5 in prep for March launch
« Reply #19 on: 03/10/2006 07:30 PM »
STATUS REPORT: E06-009

NASA EXPENDABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE STATUS REPORT: E06-009

Mission: Space Technology 5 (ST5)
Launch Site: Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
Launch Vehicle: Orbital Sciences Pegasus XL
Launch Date: No earlier than March 14, 2006
Launch Window: 8:57:31 to 10:19:50 a.m. EST
Targeted Drop Time: 9:02 a.m. EST

The Pegasus rocket with ST5 was transported today from the hangar to
the L-1011 ramp area next to the runway on north Vandenberg. The
rocket is being mated to the Orbital Sciences L-1011 carrier
aircraft.

A combined systems test is scheduled for Saturday. The integrated test
between the Pegasus vehicle and the L-1011 will ensure all
connections have been established and all systems are functioning
properly. A state-of-health check of the ST5 is also scheduled.

The Launch Readiness Review is scheduled for March 12. The four-hour,
40-minute countdown for launch is scheduled to begin at 4:20 a.m.
EST, March 14; leading to launch at 9:02 a.m. EST.

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