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30-Jan-15 | Delta II delayed again

The January 30 launch attempt for SMAP was postponed when some loose insulation was found on the first stage. This is a not-uncommon occurrence and is usually a quick patch job to repair. The next attempt is set for Saturday morning.


29-Jan-15 | Brief return

Yes, it has been an awfully long time since a fresh posting. This is the obvious consequence of 1) the Delta II program winding down to a very sporadic last few flights, and 2) me having paying gigs that take precedence over this labor of love. So, in brief:

Today’s launch of Delta flight 370 was scrubbed before release of the T-minus 4 minute hold due to upper level winds. A 24-hour turnaround is expected to have a 90% chance of favorable conditions. The United Launch Alliance two-stage Delta Med-Lite vehicle will carry NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive¬†environmental monitoring satellite into a polar orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base. As ever, SpaceflightNow.com will carry live coverage.


     

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