Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

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05.26.06

Katherine Trinidad
Headquarters, Washington
(202) 358-3749

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

STATUS REPORT: ELV-052606

EXPENDABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE STATUS REPORT

Mission: Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) 
Launch Site: 17-B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. 
Launch Vehicle: Boeing Delta II 
Launch Date: July 22, 2006 
Launch Times: 3:11 - 3:13 p.m. and 4:19 - 4:34 p.m. EDT 

Technicians are testing individual STEREO systems on both the "A" and 
"B" spacecraft. Workers cleaned the black light on spacecraft "A," 
completed vertical alignments, and installed the solar array 
ordnance. They also attached the high gain antenna to the 
spacecraft's rotation fixture, and closed out blankets. Technicians 
installed the batteries on the "A" and "B" spacecraft last week. In 
addition to testing, upcoming work for spacecraft "B" includes solar 
array installation and integration of the high-gain communications 
antenna in mid-June.

The build-up of the Delta II rocket at Pad 17-B is scheduled to begin 
on June 1 with the first stage. Pad workers will start to erect the 
nine solid rocket boosters on June 2. The second stage will be 
hoisted into position and mated to the first stage on June 20. The 
crew will raise the 10-foot fairing into the pad clean room on June 
21.

STEREO will build a three-dimensional, global picture of the sun and 
study the star's influence on Earth. For more information, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/stereo

For previous status reports, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/launchingrockets/status/2006

	
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