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Launch Vehicle Data Center (LVDC)

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Managers and engineers monitor preparations for the first launch from KSC’s new Launch Vehicle Data Center -- a
Delta II rocket boosting the 2001 Mars Odyssey orbiter -- in Hangar AE, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

K ennedy Space Center’s new world-class


Launch Vehicle Data Center (LVDC)
was successfully christened with the April 7,
The new LVDC has three control rooms
to support multiple and larger operations.
The three rooms have replaced the single
2001, launch of a Delta II rocket boosting LVDC control room used since the mid-
the 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft toward the 1970s.
Red Planet. About 100 managers and engi- “It was a challenge to configure our old
neers from KSC, the Jet Propulsion Labora- setup and space was tight,” said AE Opera-
tory and other sites monitored the launch in tions Director Stephen Cox of the old 950-
Hangar AE on Cape Canaveral Air Force square-foot room. The three rooms total 2,511
Station (CCAFS). square feet.
The LVDC was developed by NASA KSC to monitors all launch vehicle and spacecraft data

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support multiple test operations in parallel or a and can be moved into other areas, if required.
single large launch operation. The LVDC works The video system takes up to 150 inputs from
in tandem with the adjacent Mission Director all areas of CCAFS and KSC. Each console can
Center, the control room where NASA launch select from these inputs. Each LVDC has two
managers monitor expendable vehicle launches, high quality video cameras with electronic pan,
and where the final decision to launch is made. tilt and zoom features, and two 84-inch projector
Unlike the Space Shuttle Launch Control monitors and four 40-inch flat plasma monitors.
Center, the Hangar AE facility does not provide Finally, each LVDC has two timing displays
launch command. That function is provided with Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), L-time and
from various block houses or command centers, T-time.
depending on the launch pad used. However, all The Hangar AE control rooms give managers
telemetry data from the vehicle during flight is and engineers the ability to detect or investigate
received, recorded and displayed at Hangar AE. any problems – with weather, the vehicle, the
The LVDC engineering monitor displays are payload or the pad – that may develop during
state of the art and the voice communications operations.
capabilities have been upgraded. It took nearly If needed, the new facility can be linked with
six years to develop the new monitoring systems, NASA’s control rooms at Vandenberg Air Force
which were instituted in several phases. Base in California that are used to launch polar-
The Hangar AE control rooms provide real- orbiting spacecraft. It can also be linked to other
time voice, data and video information for ex- remote launch sites.
pendable vehicle checkout and launch operations, The LVDC offers world-class service to the
similar to that provided by the space shuttle expendable vehicle launch management team.
control rooms. Each console in the LVDC has With modern systems, the LVDC will ensure the
a 40-channel voice instrument called a MOCS2 reliability and safety of the NASA launch fleet
(Mission Operation Communication System for many years to come.
version 2). Other areas have 24-channel versions KSC has served as NASA’s lead center for
of the MOCS2. Each console has access to an the acquisition and management of Expendable
administrative telephone and a modem line for Vehicle Launch Services since the beginning of
use with a laptop computer, if required. fiscal year 1999.
An Enhanced Telemetry Display System

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The LVDC contains:
 3 control rooms, each seating 24-30 http://www-pao.ksc.nasa.gov/kscpao/edu-
(capacity of all, 72-90) cate/docs.htm
 1 spacecraft ground support equip- Other Sites of Interest:
ment (GSE) area, seating 8-10
 Executive suite, seating 8-10 Factoids -- http://www-pao.ksc.nasa.gov/
 Winds room (provides upper level kscpao/factoids/factoids.htm
atmospheric winds assessment),
seating 4-6 The Kennedy Space Center Story -- http://
 Public affairs room, seating 2 www-pao.ksc.nasa.gov/kscpao/kscstory/
ksctoc/kscstory.htm
The support rooms can be tied to NASA’s
West Coast control rooms at Vandenberg Air Publishers Photo Corner -- http://www-pao.
Force Base for bi-coastal support. ksc.nasa.gov/kscpao/captions/hotpics.htm

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