Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

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Dec. 23, 2010

George H. Diller
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.



Spacecraft: Glory
Launch Vehicle: Taurus XL 3110
Launch Site:  Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
Launch Date:  Feb. 23, 2011
Launch Time: 2:09:43 a.m. PST
Altitude/Inclination: 440 miles/98.2 degrees 

The Taurus XL rocket is in Orbital Sciences Hangar 1555 on north 
Vandenberg Air Force Base where integration and testing of the 
vehicle's flight hardware components are in work. This week, the aft 
end cone was attached to the Stage 1 solid rocket motor and was 
followed by mating Stage 1 with Stage 2. Associated thermal blanket 
installation is now under way. Stage 0 electrical and mechanical 
closeouts are beginning, and the final thermal protection system 
insulation is being applied.

After the holidays, Pad 576-E on north Vandenberg will be opened to 
prepare it for the arrival of Stage 0 which will be transported from 
the Orbital Sciences processing hangar. It currently is planned to be 
hoisted into place at the pad on Jan. 18.

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.

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