Dates for Upcoming Events:
Operations Review (KSC)
Ops Rehearsal # 1 (LASP)
Operations Readiness Review,
Mission Readiness Review (Orbital)
shipped from Orbital to KSC
Ops Rehearsal # 2 (LASP)
Readiness Reviews (KSC)
Public Affairs Officer, Lynn Chandler, will be visiting
LASP on September 30 and October 1 to present the SORCE
mission Public Affairs Plan, which includes all planned
media events and press releases. The first news release
will be when SORCE arrives at Kennedy Space Center in late
October. Two weeks prior to launch many more press related
activities commence, and they continue for 48 hours after
the launch. Several special promotional media pieces are
being prepared to go with these events.
SORCE 24-page brochure will be going to the printer in early
October. If anyone is interested in seeing the most current
draft, please contact Vanessa George. Additional promotional
pieces in the works are a pre-launch video that will go
out to the news media before the launch and will be used
as a resource when needed following the launch. NASA television
producers will be coming to LASP with Lynn Chandler on September
30 to shoot final clips for the animated video and to explore
effective visualization techniques to present the final
real data from SORCE via the web. The television producers
will also be interviewing the SORCE Principal Investigator
and key mission participants for the Press Kit and Video
complete SORCE public relations package will also include
a 4-page NASA Fact Sheet with a brief overview of the mission
and instrument photos. A lithograph, which is a 2-page glossy
handout, is distributed at the actual launch. It covers
the mission overview and educational outreach activities.
An interactive SORCE CD-ROM is currently in test
Orbital, and NASA scientists discuss the integration progress.
NASA personnel are working on a full Education and Outreach
package for professional educators.
new SORCE web page should be available by the end of September.
As the launch date nears, the data collection and science
will be a prominent feature on the site. The web page will
also meet the needs of the non-technical person, and public
educators teaching at many levels. You can contact the SORCE
web developer, Ann Windnagel (firstname.lastname@example.org),
with any feedback or suggestions.
last SORCE Monthly Program Status Review was held on Wednesday,
September 18, at LASP with people from NASA, Orbital Sciences,
and LASP participating. Agenda items included the topics
in this newsletter, but in much greater detail. Future Monthly
Program Status Reviews will be replaced with specific meetings
in preparation for launch.
three weeks of testing, SORCE is shown coming out of the
Thermal Vacuum Chamber on August 27.
Sciences Activity -
When the thermal vacuum testing ended on August 27, activity
at Orbital shifted to fine-tuning the instruments, conducting
post-environmental tests, and addressing the anomalies that
occurred during the three weeks of thermal vacuum testing.
The XPS and SOLSTICE were shipped back to LASP for further
analysis, re-work, and improvements, and they will be returning
to Orbital the week of September 23. All instrument issues
have been thoroughly reviewed and are completely resolved
focusing on the instruments, the Orbital software team has
been working with LASP on many software enhancements. New
flight software code