Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

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June 14, 2010

George H. Diller
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
321-867-2468
george.h.diller@nasa.gov

STATUS REPORT: ELV-061410

EXPENDABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE STATUS REPORT

Spacecraft: Glory
Launch Vehicle: Taurus XL
Launch Site:  Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
Launch Date:  November 22, 2010
Launch Time: 2:09 a.m. PST
Altitude/Inclination: 440 miles/98.2 degrees 

The Taurus XL "0" stage, which serves as the initial booster for 
liftoff of the rocket, arrived on June 7 at Orbital Sciences Hangar 
1555 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California to begin processing. 
Receiving inspections are now under way. No anomalies have been noted 
so far.

The 0 stage joins the other three stages of the Taurus XL vehicle in 
the hangar which are derivatives of the Orbital Sciences Pegasus XL 
rocket. Those stages are undergoing electrical buildup and testing. 
The UHF communications antenna arrived early last week and is being 
attached now. Ordnance installation on the second stage is also under 
way.

The Glory spacecraft is currently scheduled to arrive at Vandenberg on 
Oct. 7 to begin processing for launch.

Data from the Glory mission will allow scientists to better understand 
the Earth's energy budget. An accurate description of the Earth's 
energy budget is important in order to anticipate future changes to 
our climate. Shifts in the global climate and the associated weather 
patterns impact human life by altering landscapes and changing the 
availability of natural resources. The Aerosol Polarimetry Sensor 
instrument will measure aerosols (human-caused and naturally 
occurring) to determine their relative influence on the global 
climate. The Total Irradiance Monitor instrument will monitor the Sun 
to understand short- term solar mechanisms causing energy budget 
changes and will contribute to the vital long-term solar record. 

Previous status reports are available at:

http://www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/launchingrockets/status/index.html 
 

	
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