Final Rocket Components Arrive In Florida For Parker Solar Probe

Second Stage of the Delta IV Heavy for the Parker Solar Probe (PSP) Mission is offloaded from the Delta Mariner and transported to the Horizontal Integration Facility (HIF). Image Credit: NASA/Ben Smegelsky

September 13, 2017 – All components of the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket that will launch NASA’s Parker Solar Probe have arrived for prelaunch processing at Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The rocket’s second stage arrived Saturday, August 26, along with the third and final common booster core, which will complete the first stage. The hardware was delivered by ship to Port Canaveral, then transported by truck to the Horizontal Integration Facility at Space Launch Complex 37.

The Parker Solar Probe will perform the closest-ever observations of a star when it travels through the Sun’s atmosphere, called the corona. The probe will rely on measurements and imaging to revolutionize our understanding of the corona and the Sun-Earth connection.

The Parker Solar Probe mission is expected to lift off in summer 2018.