Status Report

SMAP Launch Delayed

By SpaceRef Editor
January 29, 2015
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SMAP Launch Delayed

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.

SpaceRef staff editor.