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MAVEN development to orbit insertion
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post Jul 13 2013, 12:10 AM
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Mike, do you have any idea when they're planning to ship MAVEN to the Cape?


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post Jul 13 2013, 12:54 AM
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QUOTE (nprev @ Jul 12 2013, 05:10 PM) *
Mike, do you have any idea when they're planning to ship MAVEN to the Cape?

We have no involvement in MAVEN, which has no camera. sad.gif

A quick web search found
http://www.lockheedmartin.com/us/news/pres...al-testing.html

"MAVEN is scheduled to ship from Lockheed Martin’s facility to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in early August"


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post Jul 13 2013, 06:07 AM
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Ah; thanks. I thought that you guys were somehow involved otherwise; did not realize that MSSS was solely about imaging. Mere curiosity is all.


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post Aug 24 2013, 06:26 AM
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a long article on MAVEN in the latest issue of Aviation Week:
Maven Will Study Loss Of Martian Atmosphere
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post Oct 1 2013, 09:31 PM
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Hi Paolo.
I'm a little worried about Maven's launch. Could the governement shutdown threaten the launch?
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post Oct 1 2013, 09:38 PM
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A lot of people are worried about MAVEN launch status; we're watching the situation closely, and Casey posted an update yesterday. MAVEN tweeted some specifics this morning before shutting down their Twitter for the duration; those tweets are now included at the bottom of Casey's post.

Please no speculative chitchat. On the other hand, if anyone reading here has useful, well-sourced information about MAVEN status, please post.


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post Oct 2 2013, 08:38 AM
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Thanks Emily for this fast reply. So we will stay stuned with hope.
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post Oct 3 2013, 05:04 PM
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It's useful, it's well sourced, but I can't reveal my source and you don't know me, so take it for what it's worth: Maven has been given orders to continue, and will not be further affected by the shutdown. This is as of this morning.
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post Oct 3 2013, 08:36 PM
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Very please to know that. Thank you very much Kwan3217 for this wonderfull news.
I have one more question: you saw, i used to participated in a french forum about space exploration, and they are worried about Maven status to. So, can i quote you in these french forum or do you prefer i not?

Edit: As you said i don´t know you and this forum is for public eyes so, i presume it's not a big deal if i quote you.
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post Oct 3 2013, 10:06 PM
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I can now reveal my source:

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MAVEN is required as a communications relay in order to be assured of
continued communications with the Curiosity and Opportunity rovers. The
rovers are presently supported by Mars Odyssey launched in 2001 and Mars
Reconnaissance Orbiter launched in 2005. Launching MAVEN in 2013 protects
the existing assets that are at Mars today.

A delay in the launch date by more than a week past the end of the nominal
launch period, or a delay of launch to 2016, would require additional fuel
to get into orbit. This would have precluded having sufficient fuel for
MAVEN to carry out its science mission and to operate as a relay for any
significant time. Our nominal launch
period runs from 18 November through 7 December, and we can launch as late
as about 15 December without a significant impact on our combined science
and relay activities. There is no NASA relay orbiter planned post-MAVEN.

Although the exception for MAVEN is not being done for science reasons,
the science of MAVEN clearly will benefit from this action. Launching in
2013 allows us to observe at a good time in the eleven-year solar cycle.

We have already restarted spacecraft processing at Kennedy Space Center,
working toward being ready to launch on Nov. 18. We will continue to work
over the next couple of days to identify any changes in our schedule or
plans that are necessary to stay on track.

Regards,
Bruce
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Bruce M. Jakosky
Professor of Geological Sciences
Associate Director for Science
Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics
University of Colorado


So: The mission is being launched because of the relay for existing missions, and would have still been on hold except for that.
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post Oct 3 2013, 10:43 PM
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It's good news whatever reason, relay or science. A launch is a launch, after all...
Thanks for the info!
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post Oct 4 2013, 04:49 PM
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The exemption has made the news.

Update: Mars Mission Granted Exemption

I particularly noted the last sentence: "Although work has begun again on the project, the scientists and engineers involved, who are now working overtime, are not receiving any pay."

The scientists and engineers are my heroes.

Go Maven!!!
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post Oct 4 2013, 05:04 PM
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QUOTE (Ron Hobbs @ Oct 4 2013, 09:49 AM) *
I particularly noted the last sentence: "Although work has begun again on the project, the scientists and engineers involved, who are now working overtime, are not receiving any pay."

Unless the situation is different than I believe it is, the vast majority of people working on MAVEN are either LM employees or JPL employees, and their pay shouldn't be affected by the shutdown.


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post Oct 28 2013, 08:34 PM
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MAVEN's Atlas V vehicle is ready for its Wet Dress Rehearsal tomorrow...while the DVD containing about 100,000 names plus haikus submitted online is now attached to a solar array

http://www.twitter.com/Maven2Mars
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post Oct 29 2013, 01:28 AM
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I looked for the press kit, but didn't find one. Are they too passe for the internet era?


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