Impact Launch Rescheduled
Launch Pad 17-B on Cape Canaveral Air Force
Station, FL, the first stage of the Boeing
Delta II launch vehicle for the Deep Impact
spacecraft is lifted into the mobile service
tower for stacking with the other stages.
A decision has been made to reschedule
the launch of the Deep Impact spacecraft to no
earlier than Jan. 8 to allow more time for evaluation
of mission software. While there are no significant
with the spacecraft hardware,
additional time is necessary to be ready for launch.
Spacecraft functional and mission readiness tests
The stacking of the Boeing Delta
II launch vehicle on Pad 17-B began on Nov. 22
with the hoisting of the first stage into the
launcher. Hoisting of the nine strap-on solid
rocket boosters, in sets of three, began on Nov.
23 and will continue on No v. 29 and Dec. 1. The
second stage will be hoisted into position atop
the first stage on Dec. 3.
to see photos of the spacecraft being prepared