Monthly Newsletter

23 January 2003

Once the Pegasus is under the L-1011, the crew makes sure the two are perfectly aligned before securing them with hooks and steel pins. There is a launch-site support trailer behind the L-1011 on the left side of the photo, where final launch preparations and testing will be performed. Photo by David Gathright.

The final Launch Readiness Review is scheduled for the day before launch, Friday. At this review engineers and administrators will for the last time review all aspects of the launch and determine if the mission is ready to proceed. The approach is a much more global picture of the mission, since many of the past reviews have cover the preliminary details to get them to this point. Some of the topics that will be covered include range staffing, safety requirements, communication and radar needs in place, ground operations, weather forecasts, the overall state of the L-1011, the Pegasus, the spacecraft and the payload.
NASA will be hosting a SORCE Press Conference at KSC on Friday, January 24, at 1:00 p.m. EST, 11:00 a.m. MST. Gary Rottman and Tom Sparn, along with NASA officials, will be presenting and fielding questions from the

press. This Press Conference will be televised by NASA and is available for viewing via satellite or the internet. It will last no more than one hour.
For people working at the LASP facility in Boulder, the Press Conference on Friday will be shown in the LASP Auditorium, room 299, beginning at 11:00 a.m. For those interested in viewing the Press Conference via the internet, NASA TV is serviced by several World Wide Web sources. To find out what internet companies are covering NASA TV, go to:, where there is a listing of the web sources. Generally, the best web source for viewing NASA TV is NASA Spaceflight Web, since they use Windows Media Player, which is installed on most Windows-based PCs (free of charge). The website is at
The SORCE website is also an excellent source for the information you need –

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