Launch Status & Updates
Last Updated 2005 July 10
- May 23: Astro-E2 was shipped to the launch site of Uchinoura.
- May 31: The final detailed functional test was succesfully completed.
- Jun 19: Astro-E2 was connected to the 3rd stage.
- Jun 22: Short functional test.
- Jun 23: Nose fairing installed.
- Jun 25: Short functional test.
- Jun 27: Astro-E2 satellite plus the 3rd stage were mounted on the second stage, thus completing the assembly of the M-V-6 launch vehicle.
- Jun 30: Short functional test.
- Jul 1: The rocket was rolled out into the launch position for a communications check.
- Jul 3: Launch rehearsal - the simulation continued through all stage separations and the pass over the ground station at Santiago, Chile.
- Jul 5: Low-temperature top-off completed (He tank is now 92.2% full, enough to last 3 years in orbit).
- Jul 6: Launch scrubbed due to inclement weather.
- Jul 7: Launch delayed further to Jul 10, as the weather looks unfavorable for the 8th and the 9th. Cryogen re-cool procedure initiated.
- Jul 8: Successfully completed the Low-temperature top-off of the helium dewar.
- Jul 10: Launch!
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