Help Shape the Future of Space Exploration

Join The Planetary Society Now  arrow.png

Join our eNewsletter for updates & action alerts

    Please leave this field empty
Blogs

Headshot of Emily Lakdawalla

New Horizons progress report

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla

12-01-2006 14:39 CST

Topics: New Horizons, mission status

There's a new "Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report" from Kennedy Space Center and it looks like everything is on schedule for a Tuesday launch for New Horizons. In specific, the spacecraft just passed its "Flight Readiness Review," an administrative hurdle where you have to demonstrate that your flight system -- that is, your spacecraft -- really is ready to fly. Apparently New Horizons is ready! The next steps, according to the report, are the following: "Spacecraft closeouts conclude tomorrow; payload test team conducts spacecraft electrical tests Saturday, and the fairing access doors will be closed for flight. Rollout of the Atlas V from the Vertical Integration Facility is scheduled Monday at 10:30 a.m. EST. The storable propellant tank will be loaded onboard the Atlas first stage tank Monday afternoon. On Tuesday at 10:39 a.m., Pad 41 will be cleared for cryogenic fueling operations scheduled to begin at 11:24 a.m. EST." Things are getting exciting...

 
See other posts from January 2006

 

Or read more blog entries about: New Horizons, mission status

Comments:

Leave a Comment:

You must be logged in to submit a comment. Log in now.
Facebook Twitter Email RSS AddThis

Blog Search

Essential Advocacy

Our Advocacy Program provides each Society member a voice in the process.

Funding is critical. The more we have, the more effective we can be, translating into more missions, more science, and more exploration.

Donate

Featured Images

NGC 4100
The Flaming Star Nebula (IC 405)
LDN 604 and GGD 30
Schiaparelli backshell and parachute landing location from HiRISE in color
More Images

Featured Video

The Planetary Post - Carl Sagan's Pale Blue Dot

Watch Now

Space in Images

Pretty pictures and
awe-inspiring science.

See More

Join The Planetary Society

Let’s explore the cosmos together!

Become a Member

Connect With Us

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and more…
Continue the conversation with our online community!