Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

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10.20.06

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

STATUS REPORT: ELV-102006

EXPENDABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE STATUS REPORT

Mission: STEREO 
Launch Pad: 17-B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station 
Launch Vehicle: Boeing Delta II 
Launch Date: Oct. 25, 2006 
Launch Time: 8:38 - 8:53 p.m. EDT 

STEREO, at Pad 17-B atop the Boeing Delta II rocket, was encapsulated 
into the Delta II fairing on Thursday. The second stage is scheduled 
to be loaded with storable propellants on Monday, Oct. 23. Because 
this is a hazardous operation, the launch pad will be closed to all 
other work.

The Delta II flight program verification, a complete integrated 
electrical and mechanical test with STEREO and the rocket, was 
successfully completed on Monday. There are no significant launch 
vehicle or spacecraft issues or concerns at this time.

On launch day, Oct. 25, the gantry-like mobile service tower is 
scheduled to be retracted from around the Delta II at 11:15 a.m. The 
terminal countdown procedure begins at 5:38 p.m. Engineers are 
scheduled to begin loading the first stage with RP-1, a highly 
refined kerosene fuel, at 5:58 p.m. The launch team will load the 
first stage with liquid oxygen 50 minutes later at 6:48 p.m. Liftoff 
is scheduled for 8:38 p.m. at the opening of a 15-minute launch 
window. 

Previous status reports are available on the Web at:

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

	
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