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Delta II - ICESat-2 - September 15, 2018

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Chris Bergin:


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA's Launch Services Program at the agency's
Kennedy Space Center in Florida has selected United Launch Services,
LLC of Englewood, Colo., to provide Delta II launch services for the
Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite (ICESat)-2 mission, currently
scheduled for July 2016.

A firm fixed-price launch service task order has been awarded under
the indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity NASA Launch Services
(NLS) II contract. NASA's total cost to launch ICESat-2 is $96.6
million, including payload processing, integrated services,
telemetry, reimbursables and other launch support requirements.

The Delta II rocket will place the ICESat-2 spacecraft into a
near-circular Earth polar orbit following liftoff from Space Launch
Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. ICESat-2 is a
continuation of the global time series of precision ice topography
measurements initiated by the first ICESat mission. ICESat-2 will
measure changes in the elevation of the polar ice sheets to
understand their contribution to current and future sea-level rise.
It also will characterize polar-sea ice thicknesses and global
vegetation heights to understand their connections to the Earth

Subcontractors performing work for United Launch Services include
Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne of Canoga Park, Calif., Alliant
Techsystems, Inc of Magna, Utah and Aerojet of Sacramento, Calif.
United Launch Services' United Launch Alliance provides the Delta II
and launch services.

NASA's Launch Services Program at Kennedy Space Center is responsible
for management of the ICESat-2 launch service acquisition and

For more information about the ICESat-2 mission, visit:

For more information about NASA's Launch Services Program, visit:

Lurker Steve:
How many more Delta IIs need a mission ? There were parts for 5 more launches, right ?


--- Quote from: edkyle99 on 02/22/2013 09:14 pm ---
--- Quote from: Lurker Steve on 02/22/2013 09:07 pm ---How many more Delta IIs need a mission ? There were parts for 5 more launches, right ?

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If this is the fourth manifested Delta 2 launch, then there should be one remaining, probably.  This will use a 7320.

Interesting that Delta 2, even a shelved program Delta 2, keeps winning over other rockets that could handle the payloads.  Maybe ULA should ring up Rocketdyne and Aerojet to order a few more "spare parts". ;)

 - Ed Kyle

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ICESat (1) was launched on D-294 Delta II 7320-10. The same version is to be used except this time it will be 7320-10C version with the 10C instead of 10 fairing used.


--- Quote from: russianhalo117 on 02/22/2013 09:35 pm ---
ICESat (1) was launched on D-294 Delta II 7320-10.

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It was a 10C.

Not really a surprise that the Delta II got this contract, given the previous three launches it was awarded (OCO-2, SMAP, and JPSS-1) and when ICESat-2 is scheduled to fly.

This leaves critical parts for one more Delta II but I'm not so sure that there's another appropriately-sized NASA payload that would need a ride to space from Vandenberg before Falcon 9 and Antares get established.


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