The Korean Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter (KPLO) spacecraft arrived at Orlando International Airport (MCO) in Orlando, Florida on 6 July. The spacecraft was transported from the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) in an environmentally controlled shipping container onboard a B-747 airliner. The Korean satellite was then delivered to the SpaceX facilities at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) where it is currently preparing for integration with the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle.
After KPLO is properly integrated with the rocket and all pre-launch tests are successful, the spacecraft will be ready for launch! The launch is currently scheduled for August 4th from Kennedy Space Center on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The rocket will place the spacecraft into a low-Earth parking orbit where KPLO and ShadowCam will begin their four-month journey to the Moon. After KPLO reaches the Moon and maneuvers into a nominal 100 km orbit, the project's year-long primary mission to investigate the lunar environment will commence.
KARI recently gave KPLO the nickname Danuri (다누리), a combination of two Korean words, dal (달) which means Moon and nurida (누리다), which means enjoy. The ShadowCam team couldn't agree more as we prepare for our exciting journey to the Moon with NASA and KARI. We encourage you to join ShadowCam at Arizona State University for a launch viewing event, view the launch live on the SpaceX live stream, or in person with public spectators across Cape Canaveral.
Day & Time: Thursday, August 4 at 7:08 p.m. EST (23:08 UTC)
Location: Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40), Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
Launch Viewing @ ASU
Start Time: Thursday, August 4 at 3 p.m. MST
Location: Marston Exploration Theater, School of Earth and Space Exploration, ASU
Visit the SpaceX YouTube channel for live launch streams prior to the launch.
Posted by Rick Hoppe on 15 July 2022