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The Journey to Kennedy Space Center

24 May 2016, 17:31 UTC
The Journey to Kennedy Space Center
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The OSIRIS-REx project continues to progress seamlessly through the Assembly, Test, and Launch Operations (ATLO) phase. We are now done with the AT portion of this phase and have started LO. The test phase ended with the completion of the last major environmental test: the thermal vacuum test. With the test program complete, the team made the transition to the launch site at Kennedy Space Center. I was privileged to join the team in transporting the spacecraft to the launch site. I participated with great pride as we shipped our spacecraft halfway across the country on the first step of the journey to Bennu and Back.
Selfie with the Lockheed transport vehicle loaded up with OSIRIS-REx in the spacecraft shipping container.
The transition from the Lockheed Martin facility in Littleton, CO to KSC required transport of the spacecraft and a large amount of ground-support equipment. The entire spacecraft shipment operation was under LM test conductor control and protocols. Ground hardware shipment was accomplished by hiring trucks to carry all required hardware to Florida.
The day began with a Transport Crew Briefing covering all aspects of the shipment plan.
Spacecraft shipment was accomplished in three phases. For the first stage, Lockheed ...

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