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Re: Pegasus XL - IRIS - NET June 26, 2013
« Reply #40 on: 04/18/2013 03:53 PM »
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Re: Pegasus XL - IRIS - NET June 26, 2013
« Reply #41 on: 04/19/2013 12:57 AM »
Doggone it, I missed last year's 24 Hr. of Le Mans in order to ship out to Kwaj for the  Pegasus/NuSTAR launch. Now, the western range is going to do it to me this year! They've told NASA they can't support a move to the left for the Pegasus/IRIS launch date, so I'll probably be supporting vehicle testing during this year's running of the race (90th anniversary!). I can thank the sequestration cuts for this year's snafu.

Oh well, at least I'll probably get to see some of the race, since I'll be in CONUS. Last year I saw exactly one lap of the race on my iPhone while using the food court's unimpressive wifi...


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Re: Pegasus XL - IRIS - NET June 26, 2013
« Reply #42 on: 04/19/2013 09:22 PM »
More pictures of IRIS SC processing preparations for integration with the launcher and fairing shroud prep for IRIS SC encapsulation.
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Re: Pegasus XL - IRIS - NET June 26, 2013
« Reply #43 on: 04/22/2013 10:53 PM »
Testing Continues on IRIS after Power-Up
Mon, 22 Apr 2013 06:59:06 PM UTC

Technicians performed the initial power-up for NASA's IRIS spacecraft and conducted its initial battery charging April 18. Processing of the scientific mission is proceeding toward a June launch on an Orbital Sciences Pegasus XL rocket. Instruments on the solar-studying satellite are going through testing this week, along with the spacecraft's systems. Launch is scheduled for June 26 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

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Re: Pegasus XL - IRIS - NET June 26, 2013
« Reply #44 on: 04/23/2013 07:35 PM »
MEDIA ADVISORY: M11-13

IRIS MEDIA ACCREDITATION NOW OPEN

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- News media who would like to
cover the launch of NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph
(IRIS) mission on June 26 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California
should apply for accreditation by June 18.

IRIS is a NASA Small Explorer Mission to observe how solar material
moves, gathers energy, and heats up as it travels through a
little-understood region in the sun's lower atmosphere. This
interface region between the sun's photosphere and corona powers its
dynamic million-degree atmosphere and drives the solar wind. The
interface region is where most of the sun's ultraviolet emission is
generated that impacts the near-Earth space environment and Earth's
climate.

Deployment of IRIS from the Orbital Sciences L-1011 carrier aircraft
is targeted for 7:27 p.m. PDT at an altitude of 39,000 feet over the
Pacific Ocean approximately 100 miles northwest of Vandenberg off the
central coast of California south of Big Sur.

New media will be able to cover the prelaunch news conference and
mission science briefing, which will be followed by an opportunity to
see the L-1011 aircraft with the attached Pegasus rocket carrying
IRIS. For launch, news media will be able to see the deployment of
the Pegasus rocket from the L-1011 via live video provided by a NASA
chase plane. Afterward, a post-launch news conference will be held.

To request accreditation, news media should contact:

2nd Lt. Kaylee Ausbun
30th Space Wing Public Affairs Office
Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

Telephone: 805-606-3595
Fax: 805-606-4571
Email: [email protected]

Information required is full legal name, date of birth and media
affiliation. Foreign media also should include nationality and
passport number. A government-issued photo identification will be
required upon arrival at Vandenberg.

The Launch Services Program at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida
is responsible for launch management.

For more information about the IRIS mission, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/iris

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Re: Pegasus XL - IRIS - NET June 26, 2013
« Reply #45 on: 04/24/2013 08:06 PM »
New images from IRIS SC Processing at VAFB.
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Re: Pegasus XL - IRIS - NET June 26, 2013
« Reply #46 on: 04/29/2013 02:03 PM »
New images from IRIS SC Processing at VAFB.

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Re: Pegasus XL - IRIS - NET June 26, 2013
« Reply #47 on: 04/29/2013 03:45 PM »
IRIS Technicians Check Interfaces with Pegasus
Mon, 29 Apr 2013 03:25:41 PM UTC

Technicians at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California are checking the interfaces today between NASA's IRIS observatory and the Orbital Sciences Pegasus XL rocket as the mission continues at pace through its prelaunch processing. The Mission Readiness Review conducted last week showed no significant issues. Orbiting Earth, the IRIS spacecraft - short for Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph - will track energy and plasma moving through the sun's chromosphere into the corona.

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Re: Pegasus XL - IRIS - NET June 26, 2013
« Reply #48 on: 04/30/2013 06:47 PM »
IRIS Electrically Connected to Pegasus
Tue, 30 Apr 2013 08:34:51 PM UTC+0200


NASA's IRIS spacecraft is electrically connected to the Orbital Sciences Pegasus XL rocket to complete the initial interface verification testing. After that, IRIS, short for Interface Region Imaging Spectograph, will resume other planned prelaunch preparations at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The Pegasus, which will be dropped from a modified airliner, is to lift the 7-foot-long IRIS observatory into orbit June 26. More electrical interface testing is planned to be conducted next week and followed with a Pegasus flight simulation. IRIS is currently scheduled to be mechanically mated to the Pegasus in mid-May.

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Re: Pegasus XL - IRIS - NET June 26, 2013
« Reply #49 on: 05/02/2013 08:03 PM »
New images from IRIS SC Processing at VAFB.

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Re: Pegasus XL - IRIS - NET June 26, 2013
« Reply #50 on: 05/10/2013 06:15 PM »
IRIS Mission Simulations Under Way
Fri, 10 May 2013 05:48:31 PM UTC

Mission simulations for NASA's IRIS mission are under way at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The simulations, which will continue through May 15, involve the IRIS spacecraft and the mission operations control center located at the NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California. Launch preparations continue on schedule toward a launch June 26 at 7:27 p.m. PDT.

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Re: Pegasus XL - IRIS - NET June 26, 2013
« Reply #51 on: 05/16/2013 07:58 PM »
Prelaunch Testing Continues for IRIS and Pegasus
Thu, 16 May 2013 07:30:39 PM UTC

At Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, the second planned electrical Interface Verification Test is taking place today between NASA's IRIS observatory and the Orbital Sciences Pegasus XL vehicle. Mission simulations between the observatory and the mission operations control center at the NASA Ames Research Center began May 9 and were successfully completed May 15.

Flight Simulation no. 3 involving the Pegasus XL and IRIS is scheduled for May 17.

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Re: Pegasus XL - IRIS - NET June 26, 2013
« Reply #52 on: 05/17/2013 06:40 PM »
IRIS Flight Sim Under Way
Fri, 17 May 2013 06:32:29 PM UTC

The third flight simulation for NASA's IRIS mission is under way today at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., where the launch of the sun-studying observatory will take place in June. The IRIS spacecraft, a 7-foot-long telescope built to examine aspects of the sun's layers in unprecedented ways, will be mated to a Pegasus XL rocket May 29 and the fourth flight simulation will follow two days later. June 10 is slated for the start of installation of the payload fairing around the spacecraft that will protect its instruments and components from the atmospheric stress of ascent into orbit. The Pegasus, a winged rocket that drops from beneath a modified airliner before igniting its engine and lifting its payload into orbit, is to launch IRIS into space June 26.

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Re: Pegasus XL - IRIS - NET June 26, 2013
« Reply #53 on: 05/20/2013 02:31 PM »
NASA | Mission Trailer: IRIS Readies For a New Challenge

Published on May 20, 2013
NASA is getting ready to launch a new mission, a mission to observe a mysterious region of the solar atmosphere that may be crucial to understanding what powers space weather.

In late June 2013, the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS, will launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. IRIS will tease out the rules governing the lowest layers of the solar atmosphere -- historically some of the hardest to untangle. Known as the solar interface region, this is one of the most complex areas in the sun's atmosphere: all the energy that drives solar activity travels through it.

The interface region lies between the sun's 6,000-degree, white-hot, visible surface, the photosphere, and the much hotter multi-million-degree upper corona. Interactions between the violently moving plasma and the sun's magnetic field in this area may well be the source of the energy that heats the corona to its million-degree temperatures, some hundreds and occasionally thousands of times hotter than the sun's surface. The chromosphere is also considered a candidate as the origin for giant explosions on the sun such as solar flares and coronal mass ejections.

IRIS will use high-resolution images, data and advanced computer models to unravel how solar gases move, gather energy and heat up through the lower solar atmosphere. Outfitted with state-of-the-art tools, IRIS will be able to tease apart what's happening in the solar interface region better than ever before.


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Re: Pegasus XL - IRIS - NET June 26, 2013
« Reply #54 on: 05/20/2013 10:33 PM »
New images from IRIS Launcher Processing at VAFB.

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Re: Pegasus XL - IRIS - NET June 26, 2013
« Reply #55 on: 05/28/2013 09:57 PM »
IRIS Flight Simulation Coming Up
Tue, 28 May 2013 07:42:29 PM UTC

The IRIS-Pegasus launch team is preparing for its fourth flight simulation as the launch date nears for NASA's newest solar observatory. After performing an Interface Verification Test, engineers re-verified the spacecraft ahead of the upcoming simulation. The spacecraft, a seven-foot-long observatory designed to look closely at the sun's chromosphere, will ride into space on an Orbital Sciences Pegasus XL rocket. The winged rocket will drop from a modified airliner above the Pacific to begin the ascent into orbit. Launch is scheduled for June 26.

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Re: Pegasus XL - IRIS - NET June 26, 2013
« Reply #56 on: 05/29/2013 08:22 PM »
May 29, 2013
 
MEDIA ADVISORY : M13-087
 
 
NASA Hosts June 4 Media Briefing on Next Solar Mission Launch
 
 
WASHINGTON -- NASA will host a news briefing at 1 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, June 4, about the upcoming launch of the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) mission. The briefing will be held at NASA Headquarters at 300 E St. SW in Washington and air live on NASA Television and the agency's website.

IRIS is scheduled to launch June 26 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

IRIS is a NASA Small Explorer Mission to observe how solar material moves, gathers energy, and heats up as it travels through a little-understood region in the sun's lower atmosphere. This interface region between the sun's photosphere and corona powers its dynamic million-degree atmosphere and drives the solar wind. The region is the origin of most of the ultraviolet solar emission that impacts the near-Earth space environment and Earth's climate.

The panelists for the briefing are:
-- Jeffrey Newmark, IRIS program scientist, NASA Headquarters, Washington
-- Alan Title, IRIS principal investigator, Lockheed Martin's Advanced Technology Center, Palo Alto, Calif.
-- Gary Kushner, IRIS program manager, Lockheed Martin's Advanced Technology Center, Palo Alto, Calif.
-- John Marmie, IRIS assistant project manager, NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

Journalists unable to attend in person may ask questions from participating NASA locations, join by phone, or send questions to Twitter using the hashtag #askNASA. To participate by phone, reporters must contact Steve Cole at 202-358-0918 or [email protected] with their media affiliation by 10 a.m., June 4.

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

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv


For more information about the IRIS mission, visit:
 

http://www.nasa.gov/iris


 
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Re: Pegasus XL - IRIS - NET June 26, 2013
« Reply #57 on: 05/30/2013 04:33 PM »
IRIS Spacecraft Connected to Rocket for Launch
Thu, 30 May 2013 02:36:33 PM UTC

NASA's IRIS solar observatory was connected Wednesday to the Pegasus rocket that will carry it into space next month. Engineers and members of the IRIS and Pegasus launch teams performed the work in a hangar at Vandenberg AFB, Calif., launch site for the mission. IRIS, short for Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, is a seven-foot-long observatory that will orbit the Earth with its telescope trained on a small region of the sun called the chromosphere, the area roughly between the surface and the corona. Researchers want to find out how energy moves between the layers and why the temperature soars from 6,000 degrees on the surface to millions of degrees in the corona. Launch is scheduled for June 26.

http://www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/launchingrockets/rss_feed_collex_archive_1.html

Kennedy Media Gallery photographs of the work available here:
http://mediaarchive.ksc.nasa.gov/search.cfm?cat=259

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Re: Pegasus XL - IRIS - NET June 26, 2013
« Reply #58 on: 06/04/2013 05:57 PM »
NASA Prelaunch News Briefing on the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) Mission
http://www.space-multimedia.nl.eu.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8304

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Re: Pegasus XL - IRIS - NET June 26, 2013
« Reply #59 on: 06/05/2013 08:25 AM »
RELEASE: 13-171

NASA PREPARES FOR LAUNCH OF NEXT SOLAR SATELLITE

WASHINGTON -- NASA's next scientific satellite, which is scheduled for
launch June 26, will provide the most detailed look ever at the sun's
lower atmosphere or interface region.

The Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) mission will observe
how solar material moves, gathers energy, and heats up as it travels
through this largely unexplored region of the solar atmosphere. The
interface region, located between the sun's visible surface and upper
atmosphere, is where most of the sun's ultraviolet emission is
generated. These emissions impact the near-Earth space environment
and Earth's climate.

The IRIS spacecraft was designed and built by Lockheed Martin's
Advanced Technology Center in Palo Alto, Calif. It will launch aboard
a Pegasus XL rocket deployed by an Orbital Sciences L-1011 aircraft
from Vandenberg Air Force Base on the central California coast.

"IRIS data will fill a crucial gap in our understanding of the solar
interface region upon joining our fleet of heliophysics spacecraft,"
said Jeffrey Newmark, NASA's IRIS program scientist in Washington.
"For the first time we will have the necessary observations for
understanding how energy is delivered to the million-degree outer
solar corona and how the base of the solar wind is driven."

IRIS carries an ultraviolet telescope that feeds a multi-channel
imaging spectrograph. The satellite is the first mission designed to
use an ultraviolet telescope to obtain high-resolution images and
spectra every few seconds and provide observations of areas as small
as 150 miles across the sun.

"Previous observations suggest there are structures in this region of
the solar atmosphere 100 to 150 miles wide, but 100,000 miles long,"
said Alan Title, IRIS principal investigator at Lockheed Martin.
"Imagine giant jets like huge fountains that have a footprint the
size of Los Angeles and are long enough and fast enough to circle
Earth in 20 seconds. IRIS will provide our first high-resolution
views of these structures along with information about their
velocity, temperature and density."

After launch, IRIS will travel in a polar, sun-synchronous orbit
around Earth, crossing nearly directly over the poles in such a way
that it moves over the equator at the same local time each day. The
spacecraft will orbit at an altitude range of 390 miles to 420 miles.
This orbit allows for almost continuous solar observations on IRIS'
two-year mission.

NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., will provide
IRIS mission operations and ground data systems. The Norwegian Space
Centre in Oslo, Norway, will provide regular downlinks of science
data. NASA's Launch Services Program at the agency's Kennedy Space
Center is responsible for launch management.

IRIS is a NASA Small Explorer Mission, which the agency's Goddard
Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., manages for the Science
Mission Directorate in Washington. The goal of the Explorers Program
is to provide frequent flight opportunities for world-class
scientific investigations from space utilizing innovative,
streamlined and efficient management approaches within the
heliophysics and astrophysics science areas.

Other IRIS contributors include the Smithsonian Astrophysical
Observatory in Cambridge, Mass.; Montana State University in Bozeman,
Mont.; Stanford University in Stanford, Calif.; and the University of
Oslo in Norway.

For graphics related from the June 4 IRIS news conference, visit:

http://go.nasa.gov/irisgraphics

For more information about the IRIS mission, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/iris

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