Monthly Newsletter

17 January 2003

Special Countdown Issue

8 Days to Launch!

SORCE Mission Activity –

Still on schedule! 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.
The latest milestone was the fairing installation, which was completed Wednesday this week. This was the last opportunity to see or handle SORCE. Following is a pictorial sequence of events. It took approximately 2 days to install and finalize the fairing or clamshell around the SORCE payload.

Protective solar array covers are removed prior to starting the installation process. In the foreground in the lower right corner, you can see the other side of the clamshell.

Tentative Dates for Upcoming Events:

  • 1/20/03 Launch Rehearsal (KSC)
  • 1/21/03 Flight Readiness Review (KSC)
  • 1/22/03 SORCE/Pegasus Transported to Hot Pad
  • 1/24/03 Launch Readiness Reviews (GSFC/KSC)
  • 1/25/03 SORCE Launch (KSC)

Right side of the fairing installation is complete and the LASP crew stops for a photo opportunity. Left to right: Heather Reed, Mike Anfinson, Rick Kohnert, and David Gathright.

In another few days the integrated Pegasus and spacecraft will be transported to the hot pad, located next to the runway. Until then, the team will finalize mechanical check of the rocket assembly, making sure that everything that has happened over the last few days is perfect.

Right fairing installation is complete.

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