Saturday, November 20, 2010

NROL-32 Delayed by Abnormal Temperature Readings

A Delta IV Heavy launch from Pad 37 at Cape Canaveral in a demonstration flight on December 22, 2004.

The Space Coast's recent string of bad luck with launches continued yesterday, as a fueling problem scrubbed the launch of the NROL-32 mission from Pad 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

According to Florida Today:

Supercold liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen propellants began pumping into the rocket's three side-by-side first-stage boosters at 1 p.m.

But launch teams cut the process short and began draining the tanks a little more than an hour later after detecting irregular temperatures in the left and right boosters.

United Launch Alliance hopes to announce today a new launch time for NROL-32, a spy satellite for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office.

This delay comes after NASA had to postpone the launch of
STS-133 to no earlier than December 3 due to a hydrogen gas leak, followed by the discovery of cracks in the foam insulation on the external tank.

SpaceX delayed its second Falcon 9 demo flight due to problems integrating its Dragon crew/cargo capsule with the rocket. Their target date is now December 7.

UPDATE November 20, 2010 8:15 PM ESTThe United Launch Alliance web site reports they'll try to launch on Sunday November 21 at 5:58 PM EST.

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