Moon Mission Update
13 Mar 2009
George H. Diller
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
STATUS REPORT: ELV-031309
EXPENDABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE STATUS REPORT
Mission: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter/Lunar Crater Observation and
Sensing Satellite (LRO/LCROSS)
Launch Vehicle: Atlas V
Launch Pad: Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
Launch Date: No Earlier Than May 20, 2009
Launch Time: 4:38 - 5:28 p.m. EDT
NASA now is targeting May 20 for launch instead of April 24 after
another Atlas V government launch, also on Launch Complex 41,
experienced technical problems and was delayed.
NASA's Lunar Crater Observation Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS arrived
at the Astrotech facility in Titusville, Fla., near Kennedy Space
Center, on Feb. 19. It is now undergoing checkout and prelaunch
preparations. The spacecraft is managed by NASA's Ames Research
Center in Moffett Field, Calif.
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, arrived at the Astrotech
facility on Feb. 13. The spacecraft was uncrated and transferred to
Astrotech the same day, where covers were removed and technicians
performed a black-light inspection. The spacecraft's solar arrays
were attached and deployed, and a spacecraft activation test was
conducted on Feb. 15. The Deep Space Network end-to-end test was
completed last week. LRO and LCROSS will be integrated in mid-April.
LRO is managed by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
The Centaur stage of the Atlas V arrived at Cape Canaveral Air Force
Station on Feb. 20. It was offloaded and transported to the Atlas
Spaceflight Operations Center facility on Feb. 21. The launch vehicle
fairing halves arrived at Astrotech on Feb 26. The Atlas payload
fairings were moved from Astrotech's north encapsulation bay into the
facility's spin bay on March 3.
Previous status reports are available at: