Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

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07.24.06

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

STATUS REPORT: ELV-072406

EXPENDABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE STATUS REPORT

Mission: STEREO (Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory) 
Launch Pad: 17-B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station 
Launch Vehicle: Boeing Delta II 
Launch Date: No earlier than Aug. 20, 2006 
Launch Time: 3:52 - 4:07 p.m. EDT 

At the Astrotech Space Operations Facility, work to prepare STEREO for 
launch resumed today with the pressurization of the hydrazine tanks 
on each of the two observatories. This will be followed by 
preparations to stack the spacecraft. Stacking is currently planned 
for Friday, July 28. Three days of spin-testing will follow beginning 
Sunday, July 30. The final major processing activity prior to launch 
occurs next week with the mating of STEREO to the upper stage 
booster. 

At Pad 17-B, standard liquid oxygen leak checks of the Delta II first 
stage are under way today. The second stage will undergo a helium 
leak check on Wednesday. 

For previous expendable launch vehicle processing status reports, 
visit:

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

	
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