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Section 25 Launch Campaign. . . . Rick Pickering EO-1 Instruments Systems Manager . Agenda. Transportation Launch Site Processing Overview Flow Facilities Communications Procedure Status Support Equipment Launch Vehicle Interfaces Issues Summary. Transportation.

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Section 25

Launch Campaign

. . . Rick Pickering

EO-1 Instruments Systems Manager


  • Transportation

  • Launch Site Processing

    • Overview

    • Flow

    • Facilities

    • Communications

    • Procedure Status

    • Support Equipment

    • Launch Vehicle Interfaces

    • Issues

  • Summary


  • Transportation Plan (SAI-PLAN-314) - 5/20/99

  • Shipping Container

    • Custom Designed for EO-1; Consists of Dolly and Cover

    • Used for Movement from Swales to GSFC; Dolly Used for Intra-Facility Movement in Buildings 7/10/29

    • Shock Isolation System

    • Desiccant, Humidity Indicator, Pressure Relief Breather Valves, Through Fitting for Purging

  • Spacecraft

    • Bagged w/ GN2 Purge in Climate-Controlled, Air-Ride Van

    • Swales Mechanical Personnel in Chase Vehicle

      • Planned Stops to Monitor Purge

      • Respond to Contingencies

    • Shock Environment Monitored

Transportation continued
Transportation (continued)

  • GSE

    • Shipped 3 Days Prior to S/C in Climate-Controlled, Air-Ride Van

  • Responsibilities

    • Swales

      • Planning

      • Loading of S/C into Shipping Container, and onto truck

      • Crating of loose equipment

    • GSFC/Transportation Branch

      • Arranging commercial transportation

      • Installation of shock/vibration monitoring system

      • Final preparation and loading of EGSE racks and crates

    • NASA/KSC/Vandenburg Launch Site (VLS)

      • Unloading support

      • Storage of shipping container, crates, etc.

  • Similar approach used for movement of S/C from Bldg. 836 to Bldg. 1610

  • GSFC responsible for shipping flight battery and racks

Launch site processing overview
Launch Site Processing - Overview

  • Flow Similar to Many Previous GSFC Missions

    • Launch Site Activities Plan (SAI-PLAN-337)

    • Major Difference: 1st Use of Boeing Dual Payload Attach Fitting (DPAF)

  • Satellite

    • Post-Ship Checkout in Bldg. 836

    • Fueling & DPAF Integration in Bldg. 1610 or TBD Commercial Facility

    • Launch from SLC-2W; Co-manifested w/ SAC-C (Argentina)

  • GSE

    • Initially set up in 836

    • Few items move to 1610 and SLC-2W

  • Personnel

    • Primary office space in 836

    • Work at 1610/SLC-2W as necessary

Building 836
Building 836

  • Managed by NASA/KSC/VLS

  • Class 100K Clean Tent

  • Control Room for ASIST Work Stations and other EGSE

  • Office area for EO-1 personnel

  • Storage for shipping container, etc.

Building 1610
Building 1610

  • Managed by NASA/KSC/VLS

  • Class 100K Clean Room

  • All SAC-C post-ship processing performed here

  • Primex to fuel both spacecraft from single set-up

  • DPAF and Vertical Shipping Container pre-positioned

  • Only necessary personnel will work at 1610; offices and most EGSE remains in 836

  • NASA/KSC/VLS providing man-lift for S/C access once integrated w/ DPAF

  • Potential availability issue

Space launch complex 2 west
Space Launch Complex 2 West

  • Class 100K Clean Room on Levels 5 & 6

  • Only necessary personnel will work at SLC-2W; offices and most EGSE remains in 836

  • All access and activities will be coordinated w/ Boeing

Eo 1 launch site communications
EO-1 Launch Site Communications

  • Comm Requirements Straightforward

    • Integrated Operational Requirements Document issued by Boeing; defines requirements to Western Range (WR)

  • Most Comm Links rely on existing, previously used capabilities. Exceptions:

    • New S-Band Antenna at SLC-2 (installation/testing complete)

    • X-Band Splitter at 836 (checked out; final installation after IMAGE launch)

    • New GPS Antennas at 836 and SLC-2 (checked out; final installation after IMAGE launch)

    • Umbilical Rack Reset in Remote Launch Control Center: Boeing provides interface for Swales control box; plan is to install/checkout after S/C arrival at VAFB

  • S-Band and S-Band links between 836 and SLC-2 must be shared by EO-1 and SAC-C; no unavoidable conflicts expected

Planning procedure status
Planning/Procedure Status

  • Goal is to utilize I&T procedures to the maximum extent possible

  • Fueling Procedure has been trial-run by fueling contractor, Primex

  • Contingency Planning

    • Defueling

    • Launch Scrub

  • Missile System Pre-launch Safety Package (MSPSP) delivered to both 30th Space Wing and NASA/KSC/VLS Safety Offices

Gse status
GSE Status

  • EO-1 requires relatively little GSE

  • All EGSE remains in Bldg. 836, except:

    • Umbilical Rack: Will be moved to SLC-2W Electrical Equipment Building (EEB) while S/C being fueled

    • Battery Racks: Will be used in Bldg. 1610 and on pad (located on Level 3)

  • No GSE used by EO-1 at VAFB for first Time by EO-1, except:

    • Battery Cooling Cart: Being Provided by NASA/KSC (Used by GGS/Polar); GSFC unit too large for use on Mobile Service Tower (MST)

Launch vehicle integration
Launch Vehicle Integration

  • Delta II/EO-1 Mission Specification:

    • To be issued by Boeing by end of Dec; no issues expected

    • Requirements verification needs to be completed by Boeing

  • Coupled Loads Analysis - completed; all loads within design limits

  • Dynamic Clearance Analysis - completed; significant margins

  • Schedules - Boeing’s Countdown Bar Charts in good shape for this stage of program

Launch vehicle interfaces
Launch Vehicle Interfaces

  • Payload Attach Fitting (PAF) provided by Boeing

    • Fit check w/ flight PAF successfully completed

    • 100 lbs springs instead of standard 200 lbs springs needed due to EO-1 mass and CG off-set

  • T-0 Umbilical Harness

    • Flight harness mated during PAF fit check

    • Flight mate will be be done as part of DPAF integration

  • Dual Payload Attach Fitting (DPAF)

    • First flight

    • Qual program and pathfinder complete

Launch vehicle interfaces continued
Launch Vehicle Interfaces (continued)

  • Environmental/Contamination

    • “Whiteroom”: Class 100K, 65-75oF, 35-65% R/H

    • Fairing Air: Class 10K, 55-60oF, 35-65% R/H

  • Spacecraft Access

    • MST Level 6 - Adjustable height; must be shared w/ SAC-C on limited occasions

    • Diving boards/platforms provided by Boeing

  • 2 24” Fairing Access Doors

    • GN2 Purge Line Installation (Fly-away purge)

    • Battery Cooling Duct Installation Removal

  • GSE

    • Battery racks on Level 3

    • Battery cooling cart on Level 6

    • Umbilical Rack in EEB


  • Bldg. 1610 may NOT be available due to potential conflicts with IMAGE and NOAA-L

    • IMAGE may not be out of 1610 when SAC-C begins to arrive

    • NOAA-L needs 1610 3/1/00 for 5/9/00 Launch; may slip

    • Held initial discussions with potential commercial facility providers: Astrotech and SSI (SLC-6)

      • Astrotech accommodates existing plans essentially w/o change

      • SSI requires changes to both equipment and procedures (e.g., fueling equipment and proc, EGSE cable lengths?)