SMAP Launch Delayed

Status Report From: United Launch Alliance
Posted: Thursday, January 29, 2015


NASA's SMAP launch on a United Launch Alliance Delta II has been delayed to a targeted launch date of Jan. 31 pending completion of minor repairs to the vehicle prior to launch. During inspections following the Jan. 29 launch attempt, minor debonds to the booster insulation were identified.

These insulation debonds are associated with cryogenic conditions experienced during tanking operations and a standard repair will be implemented. The launch time for Jan. 31 is 6:20 a.m. PST.

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