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Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Sat Oct 23, 2010 7:05 am via: NASA
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Spacecraft: Glory
Launch Vehicle: Taurus XL 3110
Launch Site: Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
Launch Date: Feb. 23, 2011
Launch Time: 2:10 a.m. PST
Altitude/Inclination: 440 miles/98.2 degrees

The Taurus rocket is in Orbital Sciences Hangar 1555 on north Vandenberg Air Force Base where integration and testing of the vehicle’s flight hardware components continue. Avionics subsystem installation and application of thermal blankets to the launch vehicle are in work this week. Work to mate Stage 1 to Stage 2 is scheduled to start Oct. 26. New flight software is planned to be loaded aboard the vehicle during the first week of November in preparation for a flight simulation planned to occur by mid-November.

Data from the Glory mission will allow scientists to better understand the Earth’ energy budget. An accurate description of the Earth’s energy budget is important in order to anticipate future changes to our climate. Shifts in the global climate and the associated weather patterns impact human life by altering landscapes and changing the availability of natural resources.

The Aerosol Polarimetry Sensor instrument will measure aerosols (human-caused and naturally occurring) to determine their relative influence on the global climate.

The Total Irradiance Monitor instrument will monitor the Sun to understand short-term solar mechanisms causing energy budget changes and will contribute to the vital long-term solar record.

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