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May 15, 2007 Vol. 12, No.


Atlantis Two NASA spacecraft

rolls out! meet testing requirements
Shuttle Update: Rollout of Space proposals outlines work to be performed from across the country reviewed the re-
Shuttle Atlantis was pushed up a day in fabricating and erecting three 600-foot- quirements.
early, and, at press time, was scheduled to tall self-supporting structural steel tow- The requirements will be applied to
begin at 4 a.m. today. Arrival at Pad 39A ers, and installing a suspended overhead all launch, landing and recovery activities
should be approximately 10 a.m. Launch wire system with associated conductors for the Orion crew exploration vehicle,
is targeted for June 8. and electrical grounds. The proposals are Ares I crew launch vehicle and Ares V
due to KSC on June 6 and a contract is cargo launch vehicle.
ELV Update: Mission system expected to be awarded in August.
performance testing of the Dawn space- Energy Contest Winners — The
The system will support launches of
craft was finished Friday. A test of the the Ares I and Ares V boosters, their SGS Energy Management Office thanks
spacecraft's primary communications an- spacecraft and cargos throughout the life everyone who participated in its contest
tenna is scheduled for May 21. The celebrating Earth Day on April 20. The
of the program. The first Ares I launch
spacecraft solar arrays will be attached from Pad 39B with the new system in winner of the LED flashlight is Robin
and deployed May 21 - 24. The space- place will be the second Ares I flight test Anders of InDyne for guessing closest to
craft will be moved to Astrotech's Haz- in 2012. the April 2007 electric bill for KSC. The
ardous Processing Facility for fueling on This project, along with several other actual April FPL bill for KSC was
May 26. Dawn is targeted for launch on Constellation initiatives, was reviewed $1,693,832. Congratulations to Robin for
June 30. for environmental compliance as required her guess of $1,691,102, a difference of
On the Phoenix Mars Lander, spin- only $2,730 — less than two-tenths of
under the National Environmental Policy
balance testing is under way. The space- Act and found to not produce significant one percent!
craft was scheduled to be powered up to environmental impacts. NASA published Recycle Phone Books
begin testing on Monday. The heat shield an environmental assessment in late — The new BellSouth tele-
will be installed today, and a separation March for public and regulatory agency phone books are being dis-
test will then be performed. The space- review and received no adverse com- tributed throughout KSC. Please do not
craft's electrical power system will un- ments. put your outdated telephone books in the
dergo a final performance test on In other news, NASA has estab- trash -- recycle them! Through May 30,
Thursday. The flight software will be lished a requirements baseline for ground all personnel can place outdated Bell-
loaded aboard the spacecraft on May 21. systems to be developed in support of the south (only) telephone books in the office
The lander is targeted for launch Aug. 3. Constellation Program. The systems re- outgoing mailbox for pick-up by the mail
NASA News — NASA last week quirements review was conducted May 5. carriers. If you have more outdated tele-
issued a request for proposals for the con- The review was an in-depth look at phone books than your mailbox can hold,
struction of a lightning protection system the basic capabilities necessary to support please place them in a neat stack on the
at Launch Pad 39B in support of the Con- space vehicle integration and ground floor, table or desk next to your mailbox.
stellation Program and the next genera- processing; launch processing infrastruc-
ture, including the Vehicle Assembly Countdown is published every Tuesday & Thurs-
tion of space vehicles. The request for day for NASA KSC employees. Deadlines are
Building, launch pads and Launch Con-
trol Center; launch vehicle protection 10 a.m. Mondays & Wednesdays. E-mail news to For questions or
systems; launch checkout and control;
Bridge Work — The Banana River Bridge information, e-mail or call 321-867-2815. You can
crew safety and emergency egress; and also find Countdown on the Web at
will be reduced to one lane of traffic today and fault tolerance requirements for the sys-
Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
tems. untdown-toc.html.
Agency and contractor engineers