During testing at Launch Complex 41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, a leak was discovered in a ground system gaseous purge line required for the MAVEN spacecraft. Operations to move the spacecraft, sealed inside its payload fairing, to the complex and install it atop the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket have been rescheduled to Friday to allow technicians an additional day to complete troubleshooting and repair activities for this ground system leak. Launch remains slated for Nov. 18 during a two-hour window opening at 1:28 p.m. EST.
MAVEN's Payload Fairing Arrives
The payload fairing for the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, spacecraft arrives at the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.