On April 3, NASA Parker's solar probe was installed in a protective shipping container and loaded into the C-17 of the 436th air wing of the US Air Force in Maryland. From the Andrews base, the spacecraft was transported to Titusville (Florida), where they must conduct preliminary training and testing
NASA Solar Parker arrived in Florida to begin final preparations for launching into the Sun. Start is scheduled for July 31, 2018.
On the night of April 2, the spacecraft was taken from the Goddard Space Flight Center (Greenbelt) and transported to the nearest Andrews base in Maryland. From there, he was taken to the Regional Space Coast Airport in Titusville (Florida). Then they transported a short distance to Astrotech, where they must complete the final preparations and tests.
Parker's solar probe - the first human mission to the sun. After launch, it must pass through the solar atmosphere (the crown) and come closer to the surface than any other device created by man. Faced with heat and radiation, the mission will receive information about the basic science that underlies what drives the solar wind.
On April 3, NASA Parker's solar probe was installed in a protective shipping container and loaded into the C-17 of the 436th air wing of the United States Air Force in Maryland. From the Andrews base, the spacecraft was transported to Titusville (Florida), where they must conduct preliminary training and testing On April 4, Astrotech Parker was placed in a sterile room and dragged out of a protective container. After that, we launched a series of tests to check for faults caused by transportation. In the next few months, he will have to undergo extensive testing. Before the fuel refueling install a thermal protection system (TPS). This is a breakthrough technology that will allow Parker to withstand the heating of the solar corona.
Parker's solar probe was installed in a clean room at the Astrotech space station in Titusville, Florida, where it will undergo preliminary training and testing. On April 3, 2018, the ship was taken from the Goddard Space Flight Center to Andrews Base
The device is planned to be launched from the launch complex 37 of the Kennedy Space Center (Florida). The two-hour window will open on July 31, 2018 and will be repeated almost every day until August 19.
During the 7-year mission, Parker must study the outer solar atmosphere and make critical observations in order to obtain data on stellar physics. Information will also be useful to improve the models of space weather affecting the Earth’s environment.