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09-Nov-10 | Delta flight 350 – COSMO-SkyMed 4

The 93rd consecutive success for Delta II has completed a radar-imaging constellation for the Italian military and government.

The launch of COSMO-SkyMed 4, from Vandenberg AFB on Friday evening local time (02:20 UTC on 6 November 2010), went off without issue after three previous attempts were scrubbed, two for main engine compartment heating systems, one for a low voltage reading in the second stage battery. As usual, Justin Ray provided a complete play-by-play in Spaceflight Now’s Mission Status Center.

This was the only Delta II launch for 2010, and the final scheduled commercial flight for the venerable rocket. Three flights for NASA are slated for 2011, and five vehicles remain unassigned. Boeing hopes to find commercial customers for those remaining rockets.


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