NASA's Mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt
EXPENDABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE STATUS
January 12, 2006
MISSION: New Horizons
LAUNCH VEHICLE: Lockheed Martin Atlas V 551 (AV-010)
LAUNCH PAD: Complex 41
LAUNCH SITE: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
LAUNCH DATE: Jan. 17, 2006
LAUNCH WINDOW: 1:24 p.m. - 3:23 p.m.
The Flight Readiness Review was successfully completed Jan.
12 at the Kennedy Space Center. The launch of New Horizons
remains scheduled for Jan. 17. The White House Office of Science
Technology Policy has also given approval for the launch to
Final spacecraft closeouts are under way and will conclude
Friday, Jan. 13. The payload test team will be conducting
spacecraft electrical tests on Saturday, Jan. 14, and the
fairing access doors will be closed for flight.
Rollout of the Atlas V from the Vertical Integration Facility
is scheduled to occur at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 16. That
afternoon, the storable RP-1 fuel will be loaded aboard the
Atlas first stage tank.
On Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 10:39 a.m., Pad 41 will be cleared
of personnel in preparation for cryogenic fueling operations
which are scheduled to begin at L-2 hours, or 11:24 a.m.
(From a Kennedy Space Center release, Status Report