10 Jun 2004
(Source: Kennedy Space Center)
SPACECRAFT AND EXPENDABLE VEHICLES STATUS REPORT
June 10, 2004
George H. Diller
NASA Kennedy Space Center
LAUNCH VEHICLE: Delta II Heavy
LAUNCH PAD: 17-B Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
LAUNCH DATE: July 30, 2004
LAUNCH WINDOW: 2:17:44 a.m. - 2:17:56 a.m. EDT
MESSENGER is undergoing prelaunch testing at the Astrotech Space Operations facilities near Kennedy Space Center.
Autonomy testing of the spacecraft has been successfully completed. This verifies MESSENGER's ability to operate on its own when not in direct contact with Earth. Installation of thermal blankets continues.
The solar arrays will be installed June 21, followed by release tests on June 23-24. Spacecraft propellant loading is scheduled for June 28 - July 2. Spacecraft spin balance testing is planned for July 7 and mating to the upper stage booster will occur July 12. The spacecraft will leave Astrotech for Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on July 16 and be mated to the Delta II rocket at Pad 17-B. Meanwhile, stacking of the launch vehicle on the pad is currently planned to begin on June 23.
There are no technical issues or concerns with MESSENGER or the Delta II at this time.
The launch period for MESSENGER extends through Aug. 13.
MESSENGER was built for NASA by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md.