Monthly Newsletter

15 January 2003

Special Countdown Issue

10 Days to Launch!

SORCE Mission Activity –

The SORCE launch remains set for January 25 from Kennedy Space Center (KSC), with the launch scheduled for 3:10 p.m. Eastern Time, 1:10 p.m. Mountain Time.
Over the past several weeks, the various flight simulation tests demonstrated that the SORCE spacecraft was ready to be physically attached to the Pegasus rocket. This mate occurred on January 5.

The cradle for manipulating SORCE is placed over the spacecraft for the mating process.


SORCE is ready in the cradle. The Pegasus is seen in the background.

Mating begins as they bring SORCE to the Pegasus.

The SORCE – Pegasus mate in progress. The two units are bolted together.

page 1