Completed Fueling Support:
Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) -
The KSC Fueling Team successfully loaded NASA's WMAP in SAEF2
on June 3-4, 2001. The operation went very well and we exactly
hit their target load weight of 19 gallons and a pressure of
View WMAP Mission Site
COmet Nucleus TOUR (CONTOUR)
- The KSC Fueling team had to take the show on the road to
John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in
January 2002. Testing began with a water-load
(demineralized water), afterwards the spacecraft underwent
vibration testing and was moved to NASA's Goddard Space Flight
Center for thermal/vacuum and acoustic testing. The water was
offloaded using the "emergency offload procedure" and dried
the spacecraft propulsion system using a combination of
nitrogen pulse-purges and vacuum-pumping.
The spacecraft arrived at KSC's SAEF2 processing facility and on
June 6, 2002 was loaded with 18 gallons total high-purity hydrazine
into the two propellant tanks and pressurized with nitrogen to
View CONTOUR Mission Site
- On June 29, 2004, the KSC Fueling Team loaded 42 gallons of
the spacecraft oxidizer tank. On July 1, 2004, 96 gallons of
hydrazine was loaded into three spacecraft tanks.
View MESSENGER Mission Site
New Horizons - On December 4, 2005, approximately 20 gallons of
hydrazine was loaded on board the spacecraft to guide it on
its ten-year journey to Pluto and other Kuiper Belt objects beyond.
New Horizons was launched on January 19, 2006.
View New Horizons Mission Site
Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during
The propellants team fueled NASA's five probes of the
THEMIS mission on January 4, 2007. Each probe contained 12.8 gallons
of hydrazine evenly divided into two tanks.
We believe this operation set a record for the most tanks (10)
filled in a continuous operation without conducting any
intermediate connections or disconnections.
View THEMIS Mission Site
Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS)
- project is managed by NASA's Ames Research Center and was built by
Northrop Grumman. The propellants team loaded 80.2 gallons of hydrazine
into LCROSS on April 15, 2009. LCROSS will be launched with LRO on
June 18, 2009.
The Mission Objectives of the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite
(LCROSS) are to advance the Vision for Space Exploration (VSE) by confirming
the presence or absence of water ice in a permanently shadowed crater at either
the Moon’s North or South Pole.
Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter
(LRO) - was built by NASA's Goddard Space Flight
Center. The propellants team loaded 235 gallons of hydrazine
into LRO on April 22, 2009. LRO was launched with LCROSS on
June 18, 2009.
The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission emphasizes the overall
objective of obtaining data that will facilitate returning humans
safely to the Moon and enable extended stays.
View LRO Mission Site
Space Tracking and Surveillance System
- The propellants team loaded hydrazine into the two STSS
spacecraft on August 16, 2009.
STSS is a heterogeneous constellation of low-earth orbit satellites
that will detect and provide critical tracking information about
ballistic missiles globally. STSS is a mission of the
US Missile Defense Agency.
Solar Dynamic Observatory (SDO) - was built by
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. During early January 2010,
the KSC propellants team loaded 158 gallons of
163 gallons of MMH, and helium pressurant into this large spacecraft.
SDO is designed to help us understand the Sun's influence on Earth and Near-Earth
space by studying the solar atmosphere on small scales of space and time and in
many wavelengths simultaneously.
View SDO Mission Site