Lockheed Sends Mars Orbiter to NASA Kennedy Space Center; Guy Beutelschies Comments

Lockheed Martin BlueLockheed Martin has handed over to NASA a spacecraft designed for a mission to study the atmosphere and climate on Mars.

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN orbiter arrived at the Kennedy Space Center Friday for final preparations ahead of its scheduled November launch, Lockheed said Monday.

“Many on our team have moved to Florida with MAVEN so they can continue working to prepare the orbiter to be ready when the Nov. 18 launch window opens,” said Guy Beutelschies, Lockheed manager for the MAVEN program.

MAVEN will undergo propellant loading, software, antenna, solar array and payload tests for three and a half months at Kennedy.

The spacecraft was shipped from the Buckley Air Force near Denver in an environmentally controlled case aboard a C-17 transport aircraft.

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