Drat. NROL-32 Delayed, So Look To Alaska

Posted: November 19, 2010 in Uncategorized
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An anomaly during cryogenic fueling for NROL-32.

During the launch countdown, anomalous temperature data signatures were detected on the port and starboard strap-on common core boosters during cryogenic fueling.


Perhaps just sensor faults.  Next attempt is unknown, but turnaround for a next attempt likely depends on how far into the count they got.  Loading cryogens normally comes pretty late due to boil-off and the desire to avoid an extended cold-soak.

Hopefully the Minotaur will go from Kodiak as scheduled.  That mission will be led by Col Carol Welsch (Space Test Program Director and Air War College alumni), and Lt Col Tim Cole (the launch vehicle lead and a former member of the 2nd Space Launch Squadron).


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