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John F. Kennedy Space Center Americas gateway to the universe Spaceport News www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/news/snews/spnews_toc.html Sept. 19, 2008 Vol. 48, No. 19 Shuttle readied from A to B Changeover runs smoothly as handover date nears C hange is the order of the day as Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station continue to transition from the Joint Base Operations and Support Contract, or JBOSC, and the Kennedy Integrated Communi cations Services, or KICS, contract to the new institutional contractors preparing for handover Oct. 1. Kennedys contract transition team said these changes will affect all employees at the center, civil servant and contractor alike. A town hall meeting Sept. 10 was broadcast live on NASA TV to introduce the Kennedy community to the new contractors and their management. It By Linda Herridge Spaceport News also showed employees whats going on and what to expect in the future. The meeting can be viewed on the Kennedy internal home page. Another town hall meeting is sched uled for Sept. 26, from 9 to 11 a.m., at the OSB II, Room 5109. Our JBOSC contractors, SGS and InDyne have done a fantastic job these past ten years, said Kennedy Center Director Bill Parsons during an all hands meeting with work ers Sept. 9. We appreciate the hard work and cooperation from each of them as we go through this transi tion. Contracts recently awarded at Kennedy include the Custodial Ser vices Contract, or CSC, to Brevard Achievement Center of Rockledge, Fla., as well as the Grounds Land scaping Maintenance and Pest Control Services, or GLMPC, to S.C. Jones Services Inc. of Dillwyn, Va. Wayne Wells, vice president of operations at Brevard Achievement missions to accomplish. They will assist adults with disabilities achieve vocational and social independence and provide NASA and the Kennedy community with excellent custodial support. Were excited about the op portunity to combine these two missions into one overall mission at Kennedy, Wells said. We are work ing with NASA and the incumbent contractor to make this a smooth transition with minimal impact to the Kennedy community. Trouble calls for CSC and GLMPC should be called in to the Special requirements and task orders should be called in to the COTR mailed to Darrell.r.foster@nasa.go v The Medical and Environmental Support Services, or MESC, contract was awarded to Innovative Health Applications LLC of Cape Canaver al, Fla., a joint venture of InoMedic Inc. and Comprehensive Health Services Inc. Dr. Charles Smallwood, MESC program manager, said the quality work performed by CHS through out the JBOSC will continue to be performed in MESC. IHA looks forward to transitioning Aerospace See CHANGEOVER Page 2 Endeavour is the backup shuttle, if needed for rescue, for space shuttle Atlantis STS-125 mission to NASAs Hubble Space Telescope. At right, Atlantis arrives at Launch Pad 39A on Sept. 4. NASA/ Troy Cryder By Kate Frakes Spaceport News T ropical Storm Hanna may have kept space shuttle At lantis inside a little longer than anticipated, but once the threat cleared there was no stopping the shuttle from its journey to Launch Pad Before the storm moved in, the shuttle sat stationary inside the Vehicle Assembly Building. After two delays, managers determined that Hanna would not be severe enough to keep Atlantis from being moved to its launch pad or for it to be on the pad as the storm passed off the coast. 9:19 a.m. EDT, and after a slow trek down the crawler way, arrived to Launch Pad 39A at 3:52 p.m., with four days of contingency to spare in the case of more unex pected bad weather. The Brevard County on the excitement. K-9 of Unit welcomed the shuttle they wanted to show their support by using Atlantis as the backdrop for their team photo. The shuttle program plays a prominent role See SHUTTLES Page 8

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Page 2 SPACEPORT NEWS Sept. 19, 2008 A quatic biologists at Kennedy Space Center found a modern day canary for their environmental research, and it comes in the unlikely form of an alligator. Biologists recently initiated a study that uses research on the biology of Kennedys lagoonal alliga tors to help test the quality of the surrounding environ ment. By monitoring the health of resident alligators, they also monitor the area for potential problems like water contamination. Russell Lowers, an aquatic biologist for Dy the alligators at Kennedy and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in September 2006 with help from Dr. Louis Guillette, a zoology professor at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Lowers explained that barrier island alligators are a sentinel spe the environmental conditions of their habitat. Because the alliga tor is at the top of the food chain, they will show signs of possible health issues in the surrounding environment, Lowers said. The species By Kate Frakes Spaceport News Biologists use gators to test lagoons quality here are especially unique because of their exposure to salt and fresh water. Research focuses on all aspects of the alligators life cycle, such as nesting suc cess, reproductive health and population structure. Lowers said the nests are collected and incubated under con trolled conditions to simulate a perfect development stage for the hatchlings how successful Kennedys population is compared to other Florida populations, Lowers said. A low hatch rate or high number of un fertilized eggs would signal something is wrong. The researchers also de veloped techniques to catch and release larger alligators without harming them. During a 15-minute exam, blood and urine samples are collected and the alligator is measured, tagged and released. These samples are sent to Guillettes labora tory at UF and other labs, such as the Centers for Dis ease Control and Prevention. The samples are tested for different hormone levels, reproductive and stress steroids, metals and various types of contaminants, Guil lette said. We are interested in the health of the entire population. Preliminary results show interesting trends. Guillette said Kennedy has a relatively high nesting success rate compared to other locations in Florida. However, until all samples are analyzed early next year, no strong conclu sions can be made. Russell Lowers, an aquatic biologist for Dynamac, and Dr. Louis Guillette, a zoology professor at the University of Florida in Gainesville, monitor the health of local alligators for potential problems around the Indian River Lagoon. NASA/Jack Pfaller Medicine, the Agency Occupational the Environmental Programs into the MESC in year two, Smallwood said. Customers can request support in the same manner that they did in JBOSC. A MESC Web site is under construction. Contact numbers are: Occupational Medicine OHF and Employee Assistance Program Environmental Health Indus Environmental Services and Waste Management Support The Mail Distribution Services Contract was awarded to Govern ment Contracting Resources Inc. of Viera, Fla., with subcontractor Creative Management Technology Inc. of Cape Canaveral, Fla. Contract Manager Al Nelson can be reached Previous contracts awarded were the Institutional Services Contract, or ISC, to EG&G of Gaithersburg, Md., and the Informa tion Management and Communica tion Support, or IMCS, contract to Abacus Technology in Chevy Chase, Md. Kurt Bush, ISC program manager, said EG&G is actively engaged in interviews and job offers gov, and the global e-mail is KSCthe e-mail address is KSC-ISC-Trou blecall@nasa.gov, and in the global e-mail it is KSC-ISC-Troublecall. Stephen Stover, IMCS deputy program manager, said the contract changeover is going smoothly and as planned. To our employees and NASA customers you should see no change on October 1, Stover said. The majority of processes you currently use today on the KICS and JBOSC contracts will remain in place. The following phone numbers Stover said Abacus Technology Corp. worked hard to retain as many incumbent personnel as possible for continuity of support. Over time, they hope to continually improve on services. The KSC Institutional Support Services, or KISS, Tech Training contract was awarded to REDECritique of Metaire, La. According to KISS Program Manager Tara Miller, all Kennedy contractors will have access to KISS technical training courses. Training will be scheduled and conducted based on a training priority system. supervisor. At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the Vehicle Operations and Maintenance contract was awarded to Hallmark-Phoenix 3 of Houston, Texas, Security Protection Services was awarded to Securiguard Inc. of McLean, Va., and the Infrastructure Ops and Maintenance Services, or IOMS, contract was awarded to InDyne Inc. of Reston, Va. A Web site containing informa tion on the various contracts, as well as frequently asked questions can be viewed at m Two e-mail accounts also have been activated to accept feedback, questions or concerns to help ensure a smooth transition into the new contracts. The global addresses are: KSC-JBOSC-Transition@mail.nasa. go v and KSC-KICS-Transition@ mail.nasa.go v From CHANGEOVER Page 1

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SPACEPORT NEWS Page 3 Sept. 19, 2008 A new space ex periment rack under development by Kennedy Space Center and Space Florida recently On Sept. 9 and 10, the FAS TRACK Space Experiment Platform took off from El lington Field near Johnson Space Center in Houston mercially-provided research Corporations reduced grav ity aircraft. The experiment rack is designed to support two side the space shuttles crew middeck. It is being devel oped jointly by Kennedy and Space Florida to facilitate NASA and commercial use of reusable U.S. suborbital der development. The rack also will ac commodate experiments aboard reduced gravity air may also be adapted in the future for orbiting vehicles and facilities. FASTRACK will en able investigators to test experiments, apparatus and analytical techniques in hard ware compatible with the International Space Station, and perform science that can be carried out during the reduced gravity available for brief periods during aircraft parabolas. It is designed to accom modate two single middeck lockers or one double locker, and other compatible experi ment accommodations devel oped for use on the space shuttle and International Space Station. Kennedys FAS TRACK project team will use NASAs commercial install and test a prototype rack along with three sci ence investigations to verify interfaces, procedures and performance characteristics prior to fabrication of the Among the science investigations performed on characterization data of the microgravity environment in the FASTRACK payload accommodations using instrumentation provided by NASAs Glenn Research experiment by the University of Central Florida to study Faraday wave interfaces of a biomedical sensor to evaluate its effectiveness in performing continuous, non-invasive monitoring and recording of human hemo dynamics, or the movement of blood, during changes in gravity. Despite Hurricane Ike were able to obtain good results from the on how the racks performed. Another potential group of customers will be those participating in NASAs Fa cilitated Access to the Space Environment for Technology Development and Train ing, or FAST, Program. The FAST Program, which is managed by the Innovative Partnerships Program, will provide reduced-gravity or suborbital testing opportu nities for emerging tech nologies developed by small businesses and others in partnerships with NASA. With the expected emergence of commercial next few years, FASTRACK will support investigations exposure between 2-3 min utes of microgravity time, conditions. sored and funded by NASAs Strategic Capabilities and Assets Program under the agencys commercial micro gravity services contract with The FASTRACK project has received support from the NASA Innovative and the NASA Science Mis sion Directorate. It is being jointly de veloped under a Space Act Agreement between Ken nedy and Space Florida, both of which have contracted with the Bionetics Corpora tion to accomplish design, fabrication and testing of the experiment rack. Technicians in the Life Science Building at Kennedy Space Center work on the FASTRACK Space Experiment Platform, which is designed to support two standard lockers NASA/ Troy Cryder Kennedy, CCAFS open doors to families Oct. 18 I n celebration of NASAs 50th Anniversary, Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and contractor em ployees are invited to attend the festival-style celebration featuring concerts, food and entertainment for employees and their guests at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Friends and family can partici pate in Family Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., but gates will close by 2:30 p.m. Kennedy and CCAFS will allow self-guided tours of des ignated areas and badged employ ees can escort guests throughout the days activities. The Visitor Complexs main campus will be open throughout the day, free to employees who bring their badge to the will-call booth. Access to the complex includes IMAX movies and the Shuttle Launch Experience. Kennedy is anticipating special guest appearances by active NASA astronauts who will be available to sign autographs and meet with times. Cafeterias in the Multi-Func tion Facility, in the Launch Com plex 39 area, the Space Station Processing Facility, and Operations and Checkout Building in the In dustrial Complex will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. serving lunch for employees and guests. The snack bar in the Launch Control Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There also will be three mobile refreshment trailers open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Launch Complex 39 area. NASA Exchange stores will be open for souvenirs, T-shirts and collectors coins. The Operations and Checkout educational exhibits displayed by NASA and contractor organizations. At CCAFS, Hangar F will offer exhibits and activities for children. The Space Museum at CCAFS will be open for guests to gain space exploration at Kennedy. After the on-center events, em ployees and guests are invited to a celebration honoring NASAs 50th Anniversary at the Visitor Complex. The symbolic Rocket Garden will provide the backdrop for the entertainment starting at 3 p.m. with Big Head Johnny and the Eskimos. At 5 p.m., Rockit takes the stage. The popular rock band Sur vivor headlines the celebration with its hits Eye of the Tiger and Is works show after the concert. By Kate Frakes Spaceport News For more information on 2008 Family Day, visit http:// familyday.ksc.nasa.gov More online

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Scene Around Kennedy Space Center Page 4 SPACEPORT NEWS Sept. 19, 2008 Page 5 SPACEPORT NEWS Sept. 19, 2008 The Employees of the Month for September are, front row from left, Bao Nguyen, Constellation Rami F. Intriago, Launch Vehicle Processing Directorate. Not pictured are Amber M. Hufft, Chief NASA In Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 3 at Kennedy Space Center, a technician checks out a boundary layer transition tile underneath space shuttle Discovery. Discovery is targeted to launch Feb. 12, 2009, on its STS-119 mission to the International Space Station. NASA/Jim Grossman Payload components for space shuttle Atlantis STS-125 mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope are on display in the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility. Seen in the foreground is the Flight Support System carrier with the soft capture mechanism.

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Scene Around Kennedy Space Center Page 4 SPACEPORT NEWS Sept. 19, 2008 Page 5 SPACEPORT NEWS Sept. 19, 2008 using Atlantis as the backdrop for their team photo. NASA/Jack Pfaller Payload components for space shuttle Atlantis STS-125 mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope are on display in the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility. Seen in the foreground is the Flight Support System carrier with the soft capture mechanism. NASA/ Troy Cryder Manny Virata, known around Kennedy as the Coin Man, has retired after 34 years. Send photos of yourself and/or your co-workers in action for possible publication. Photos should include a short caption describing whats going on, with names and job titles, from left to right. KSC-SpaceportNews@ mail.nasa.gov. Spaceport News has a place for your photos

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Page 6 SPACEPORT NEWS Sept. 19, 2008 CFC announces slogan winner; campaign begins S wiss cheese may be just a diary product at the local grocery store to people who work outside of Kennedy Space Center, but for Kennedys engineering community its a model they must consider daily. On Sept. 3, Kennedy Engineering Academy, or Safe and Effective Process ing: Avoiding the Common Errors. NASA and contrac tor personnel gathered in the Training Auditorium to hear Fernando Santos presenta tion on how communication is crucial to eliminating hu man error in processing. As NASA lead struc tures engineer for space shuttle Endeavour, Santos has worked in the Orbiter Structures, Handling and Thermal Protection Systems Branch for eight years and advocates the importance of strong communication and direction throughout every stage of shuttle processing. Undetected factors can easily sneak into processes through unintentional hu man errors, Santos said. Even when an error doesnt quences, it is important for us to understand why it hap pened and how to prevent it from reoccurring. The Swiss cheese model is used to categorize four main areas an accident or injury occurs because of or during processing: unsafe supervision factors, preconditions for unsafe acts and unsafe acts. The Swiss cheese actions under each of the four main areas where hu man error would more likely pose a threat to processing, Santos said. Unlike holes in the cheese, if our holes line up, we potentially could create a serious problem. Santos applied the Swiss cheese model to a case study pertaining to an analysis that was performed on one of the inspections of the shuttles external tank foam. He was able to iden tify six overlooked areas of ambiguity that allowed for human errors. There were no consequences in this case, but changes were made to prevent similar situ ations in the future. If processes are per formed correctly, problems like these will be avoided, Santos said. Filling in the munication that is key to safe and effective process ing. To view video and PDF versions of past KEA events, including Fernando Santos or future calendar events, please visit: http://kea.ksc.nasa.gov. More about KEA online Swiss cheese a perfect model to test effective processing By Kate Frakes Spaceport News By Linda Herridge Spaceport News Members of the 2008 CFC cabinet gathered with Kennedy Center Director Bill Parsons as he signed the letter announcing this years CFC campaign. From left: Joette Feeney, CFC Co-chair Christy Layton, Renee Minor, Julie Shally, Patty Hepburn, Steven Horn, Pat Christian, Bonni McClure, Cathy Norris, Sheryl Chaffee, Debbie Awtonomow, Laurie Brown, CFC Chairperson Cheryl Hurst and Chris Hinds. Not pictured: Erin Drohan, Bill Forrester, Lisa Fowler, Mark Gordon, Linda Mullen, Lori Paule, Jose Perotti, Patrick Smith, Diane Vogler and Anjanette Wicks. Rob Kuczajda, an integration engineer with the International Space Station and Payload Processing Directorate wrote this years winning slogan. T Campaign, or CFC, cabinet members recently updated Kennedy Space Center Director Bill Parsons and senior staff about this years goals for the civil ser vice work force. CFC Chairperson Cheryl Hurst announced the winning slogan, One Small Gift One Giant Impact, which was selected from more than 60 entries. It was submitted by Rob Kuc zajda, an integration engineer with the International Space Station and Payload Processing Directorate. He the CFC cabinet and will receive special seating for two, to view the STS-119 space shuttle launch cur rently targeted for Feb. 12, 2009. CFC Co-chair Christy Layton, a mechanical engineer in the Engi neering Directorate, said this years work force participation also is a goal, as well as weekly updates to senior staff as the campaign gets underway. A focus on participation will help to get more workers to con tribute, which ultimately helps us to reach our goal, Parsons said. with a Kick-off Showcase on Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Headquarters and Multi-Func tion Facility cafeterias. ticipating charitable organizations will be present to talk with work ers and explain how each donation truly helps make a positive differ ence to those in need. Some of the participating charities are the Salvation Army, Hemophilia Foundation, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Earth Share, Hospice of St. Francis and Serene Harbor. Hurst said Kennedy employees have consistently supported the CFC and the center is a top cam paign contributor in the county. The campaign runs from Contributions can be made through WebTADS. For more information, visit the CFC Web contact your directorates CFC unit coordinator.

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Page 7 SPACEPORT NEWS Sept. 19, 2008 the STS-51L mission accident. The primary payload was NASA s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-3. STS-26 put shuttle back in business Remembering Our Heritage By Kay Grinter Reference Librarian T wenty years ago, NASAs reopened for business with the liftoff of space shuttle Discov ery on the STS-26 mission. After a hiatus of more than two years, Discoverys Return to Flight from Launch Pad 39B lifted the spirits of space program workers and the American people. Following the loss of Chal President Ronald Reagan said: Our nation is indeed fortunate that we can still draw on an immense reservoir of courage, character and fortitude, that we are still blessed with heroes like those of the space shuttle Challenger. Man will con tinue his conquest of space. President Reagan was right. After the launch of the STS-26 mis sion, commanded by Rick Hauck, he told the audience gathered for an awards ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House: Now, unless someone else has broken the news already, before we begin Id shuttle Discovery lifted off at the Kennedy Space Center, and its now headed into orbit. And America is back in space. Were now looking forward to the successful completion of the Discovery mission and the safe salute the bravery of Rick Hauck, Dick Covey, Pinky Nelson, Mike ask God to bless this important voy age. They sure were considerate in their timing just gave me time to get out here without being late. was caused by several problems encountered during the countdown. Fuses had to be replaced in the cooling system of the new, partialpressure launch-and-entry suits of Pilot Covey and Mission Specialist upper atmospheric winds required a waiver of the wind condition con straint to launch. NASA alum Hugh Harris was the deputy director of Public Affairs at Kennedy and the launch com mentator during countdown. room reminded me of STS-1 in some ways, but there was an ad ditional edge now because of the accident, Harris said. On the other hand, we all knew that everyone at Kennedy and across the entire spectrum of the shuttle program had done everything they could to ensure a safe launch and continuing success in the years to come. The ever. Steve Black, Lockheed lead test project engineer for Discovery, also Spaceport News reporter circulating among the launch team: Its been like a two-and-a-half year pregnan launch for Forrest McCartney since becoming Kennedy Space Center launch team as the best in the world and told reporters, This was their masterpiece. One of the missions primary objectives was accomplished on deployment of a Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, or TDRS, a task that had been planned for the last Chal lenger mission. Mission Specialists Hilmers and Lounge handled the de ployment, lofting the satellite from Discoverys payload bay at 5:50 p.m. TDRS and its inertial during all subsequent maneuvers leading to on-orbit stationing. We appreciate you all allow ing us to settle down here, Covey said as the crew bedded down for on, the crew referred to themselves as the happy campers. Situations that cropped up KU-band antenna and an ongoing evaporation system. The systems malfunction elevated cabin temperatures a few degrees above normal but did not affect the astronauts safety or wellbeing. After taking the STS-26 crew Discovery touched down at wards Air Force Base, Calif. President Regan joined his Cabinet in applauding the land ing, watching on a television set in the Cabinet Room. Vice President George Bush and a crowd of more the runway to cheer the returning astronauts. Its been an honor and privi lege to have been part of the team that processed and launched the but Discovery has done her job and then some, said Black, a senior program manager for Defense Projects and Services for Lockheed Martin. sions to date and is scheduled to programs end in 2010.

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John F. Kennedy Space Center Managing editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Candrea Thomas Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Frank Ochoa-Gonzales Copy editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rebecca Sprague Editorial support provided by InDyne, Inc. Writers Group. NASA at KSC is on the Internet at www.nasa.gov/kennedy USGPO: 733-049/600142 Spaceport News is published on alternate Fridays by External Relations in the interest of KSC civil service and contractor employees. Contributions are welcome and should be submitted three weeks before publication to the Media Services Branch, IDI-011. E-mail submissions can be sent to KSC-Spaceport-News@mail.nasa.gov Page 8 SPACEPORT NEWS Sept. 19, 2008 Send photos of yourself and/or your co-workers in action for possible publication. Photos should include a short caption, with names and job titles, from left. Send them to KSC-Spaceport-News@mail.nasa.gov. Spaceport News wants your photos Looking up and ahead Scheduled for Jan. 26, 2010 No earlier than Feb. 10, 2009 Target Oct. 10 Target Nov. 12 No earlier than March 2, 2009 No earlier than Jan. 23, 2009 Target Feb. 12, 2009 Scheduled for April 10 Target May 15, 2009 Target July 30, 2009 Family Day at Kennedy Space Center Oct. 18 No earlier than Sept. 26 Target Oct. 15, 2009 Target Dec. 10, 2009 Target Feb. 11, 2010 Target April 8, 2010 Target May 31, 2010 From SHUTTLES Page 1 within our communitys history, Lieutenant Michael DeMorat said. We wanted to take the opportunity to be a part of it. shuttles will be on both launch pads during liftoff. Because Atlantis will be unable to dock with the International Space Station, space shuttle Endeavour will stand ready on Launch Pad 39B, in the unlikely event a rescue mission is needed. Angie Brewer, NASA Atlantis has been one of the tougher mis Its a challenge performing Atlantis and Endeavour, Brewer amazes me. Space shuttle Atlantis is Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission. Endeavour rolled over to the VAB on Sept. 11, and is now mated with its external fuel tank and solid rocket boosters. As of press time, Endeavours rollout to Launch Pad 12:01 a.m. Its a challenge performing a dual-integrated Atlantis and Endeavour this team amazes me . Angie Brewer, NASA Atlantis A town hall meeting has been scheduled from 9 to 11 a.m. Sept. 26, at the Operations and Support Building II, Room 5109, for information on the changeover to the new contracts and what it will mean for customers and stakeholders. A question and answer session will follow the presentation. PowerPoint presentations from prior town hall meetings are available at http://transition.ksc.nasa.gov/index.htm For more information, call Peggy Parrish at 321-867-3983. Town hall meeting set concerning customer support, contracts changeover Rollout of space shuttle Atlantis is viewed from inside the Launch Control Center at Kennedy Space Center. Atlantis is scheduled to launch on the STS-125 mission to service NASAs Hubble Space Telescope. Launch is targeted for Oct. 10.