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History of Swift

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NASA Competition for Medium Explorer Missions (1998)

NASA Announcement of Oportunity TBD - Title of Swift 1998 proposal ~Introductory Paragraph~

PSU_Swift_team Penn State's X-Ray Astronomy Research Group

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Proposal to NASA for Swift

Swift Selected as Finalist (February 1999)

TBD - Penn State or College of Science newsletter headline

Swift Selected for Launch (September 1999)

Penn State's Swift Proposal Team at NASA/GSFC for Final Presentation PSU_Swift_team_with_Swift_model
Swift Song TBD - Penn State or College of Science newsletter headline

Growing Pains (1999 - 2002)

Davey Laboratory
swift_moc_descope Swift "Mission Ops Center"
Bristol Park Building #1

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XRT Clean Room

Bristol Park Building #2 Bristol Park Building #3 Building #3 Expansion for L&EO

ASI-NASA Conference at the San Marco Station, Malindi, Kenya (December 2000)

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10 meter ASI antennas and University of Rome

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Off-shore Launch Platform

Getting onto the Launch Platform

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Bay by Ground Station

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Launches from Malindi included Uhuru [date], Ariel V [date], and SAS-3 [date]

Design & Development

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Women Team Members

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Engineers/Managers Swift-Moms

XRT Integration at Goddard Space Flight Center (dates to be supplied)

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Installing Flight Mirrors

XRT Telescope Tube Integration DSCN0482
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UVOT's Arrival at Goddard Space Flight Center (date to be supplied) - May 2?

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UVOT in its Shipping Crate

BAT Integration at Goddard Space Flight Center (dates to be supplied)

BAT in Clean Tent Positioning Test Source BAT with Cooling System BAT Team at Consoles Hurricane

XRT Calibration at Max Planck Institute's Panter Facility (October 2002)

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Arrival and Unloading

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XRT Team in Facility Control Room

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Maypole in Neuried

UVOT Calibration at Goddard Space Flight Center (November 2002)

UVOT in Vacuum Chamber UVOT Team in Facility Control Room [pick several more - shrimp party, team members] Grism or Spot Grid Image

"Shake & Bake" - Vibration, Thermal, Electromagnetic Resonance/Interference, & [tbd] Testing

XRT in EMI Chamber Observatory in Vibration Chamber

Swift Integration & Testing at Goddard Space Flight Center (dates to be supplied)

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UVOT Being Lowered into Position UVOT_Integrated
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BAT in Position Cabling/Blanketing/etc.

Thermal Vacuum Testing (May 2004)

Space Environment Simulator (Thermal Vacuum Test Chamber)

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Marg_Claudio XRT area

Mariya UVOT area

TVAC Testing

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Mini-MOC

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Mission Simulations

Preparation for Launch (October - November 2004)

Swift in Fairing Hurricane Delays Hurricane Delays Hurricane Delays Swift on Delta II

Swift Launch (20 November 2004)

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Launch

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Launch

Fairing Release

Second Stage Separation

MOC Team at Separation

Launch & Early Orbit Checkout

DSCF0280 Thanksgiving at the MOC

Spectrum Astro Room XRT Door Opened XRT First Light UVOT Door Opened UVOT First Light BAT Cave BAT "First Light"?? First BAT Detection of a GRB First BAT Trigger on a Confirmed GRB Spacecraft Bus Acceptance Review First Target of Opportunity First XRT Detection of a GRB First UVOT Image of GRB Field First UVOT Detection of a GRB

Normal Operations Begin

"Lights Out" Link to "Day in the Life"

Recent Significant Achievements

Supernovae: SN2005am, cf, cs Short GRB "Swift Transient" (~July 1)

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Swift Mission Operations Center

The Pennsylvania State University
301 Science Park Road Suite 332,
State College, PA 16801
USA
☎ +1 (814) 865-6834
📧 swiftods@swift.psu.edu

Swift MOC Team Leads

Mission Director: John Nousek
Science Operations: Jamie Kennea
Flight Operations: Mark Hilliard
UVOT: Michael Siegel
XRT: Jamie Kennea