CONTOUR Gets Communications Checkup
10 May 2002
(Source: Kennedy Space Center)
SPACECRAFT AND EXPENDABLE VEHICLES STATUS REPORT
George H. Diller
Kennedy Space Center
MISSION: CONTOUR (Comet Nucleus Tour)
LAUNCH VEHICLE: Delta II 7425
LAUNCH PAD: 17-A Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
LAUNCH DATE: July 1, 2002
LAUNCH WINDOW: 2:56:14 - 2:56:26 a.m. EDT
At SAEF-2, the CONTOUR spacecraft has successfully completed the System Performance Test to verify that all spacecraft systems are functioning to their design capabilities.
This week the Deep Space Network compatibility test is underway using facilities located at the MILA tracking station at KSC. This test verifies CONTOUR's ability to communicate with the world-wide system of deep space tracking stations operated by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
The CONTOUR Mission Readiness Review will be held next week at the Applied Physics Laboratory in Baltimore on May 15.
The Boeing Delta II launch vehicle second stage arrived at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Monday, Apr. 1. It continues to undergo checkout at Delta launch vehicle Hangar AO without any issues or concerns. The Delta first stage arrived at Cape Canaveral on Apr. 15 and is at Hangar M.
At Space Launch Complex 17, erection of the Delta booster will begin on Tuesday, May 28. A pre-vehicle-on-stand (Pre-VOS) review is scheduled for May 21 at the Boeing facility in Huntington Beach, CA.