NuSTAR passed its flight readiness review (FRR) at Vandenberg AFB yesterday (June 1). Today (Saturday) the rocket is being put under the belly of the L1011 aircraft. Weather permitting the plane takes of for Hawaii on Tuesday, then on to Kwaj.
NuSTAR Status Update - From the KSC NuSTAR Manager Garrett Skrobot
Saturday, June 2
Pegasus/NuSTAR left Building 1555 at about 5:45 AM this morning on it’s short trip to meet up with the L1011 at the Hot Pad. During the transport, all environmental date was within ICD specification. Conditions this morning was foggy, 53 degrees and little to no wind for transport. The Rudder was lifted to the rudder box with no anomalies; then the Umbilical Connector mate was completed.
Pegasus mating operations were temporarily suspended (about 1.5hrs) due to a lack of power to the AIT. After troubleshooting, an extension cable was connected to the power cable and the AIT was powered up and mating operations resumed.
Pegasus is now on the L1011 hooks and the AIT has been lowered and removed. The L1011 has been lowered and jacks removed.
Pegasus/NuSTAR mate to L1011 is complete.
Major Milestone Schedule dates
All days are CONUS
6/2 Pegasus mate to L1011 - Complete
6/3 Combined System Test
6/5-6 NuSTAR Ferry Flight to Kwaj
6/9 LMCM and Dress Rehearsal