IBEX Update - August 29, 2008

Aug. 29, 2008
George H. Diller
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
321-867-2468
george.h.dil...@nasa.gov
STATUS REPORT: ELV-082908
EXPENDABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE STATUS REPORT
Mission: IBEX (Interstellar Boundary Explorer)
Launch Vehicle: Pegasus XL (Orbital Sciences)
Launch Facility: Reagan Test Site, Kwajalein Pacific Atoll
Launch Date: Oct. 5, 2008
Launch Window: 12:42 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. EDT
(04:42 a.m. - 04:45 a.m. local Kwajalein time)
At Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, final spin-balance
testing
of the integrated IBEX spacecraft and upper stage booster flight
stack was successfully completed on Aug. 16. The upper stage motor
and the IBEX spacecraft were then moved to the Pegasus launch vehicle
hangar Aug. 19-20. They will be attached to the Pegasus rocket Sept.
8-9.
Meanwhile, at the Orbital Sciences launch vehicle hangar, prelaunch
processing of the Pegasus XL rocket continues to occur on schedule.
Mating of all of the three stages now is complete, and the interface
verification test is planned for Tuesday, Sept. 2.
The L-1011 carrying the Pegasus XL rocket with IBEX currently is
planned to depart from Vandenberg on Sept. 25. After a stop in
Hawaii, the flight will continue and arrive at the Reagan Test Site
at Kwajalein Atoll in the south Pacific on Sept. 26.
For information about IBEX and its mission, visit:
http://www.nasa.gov/ibex
Previous status reports are available at:


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Foto NASA KSC Multimedia dell’IBEX in fase di completamento.

Il lancio è ora previsto per il 19 Ottobre.

Il satellite è stato sistemato nell’ogiva del vettore Pegasus XL.