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05-Feb-09 | Another equipment failure scrubs launch

The second attempt at launching NOAA-N′ was scrubbed this morning due to a problem with the launch pad system that feeds conditioned air into the payload fairing. Managers do not believe any damage was caused to the spacecraft, but a cursory contamination check will be needed to determine whether any hydrocarbons were introduced into its clean environment. A decision on the next launch opportunity is expected around mid-day Thursday; another launch window opens on Friday at 10:22 UTC.

Update for 21:35 UTC: Air samples from the payload fairing and the ground support system are reported clean, so officials have cleared the way for a Friday morning launch attempt. The weather remains at a 60% chance of violating launch criteria.

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