Friday, January 30, 2015

NASA SMAP atop ULA Delta II rocket all set for launch today

New Delhi: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is all set to launch the Soil Moisture Active Passive satellite (SMAP) mission today at 6:20 am PST (9:20 am EST; 1420 GMT).

Launch was originally planned for Thursday but got delayed by 24 hours, due to high winds, NASA said.

On its website, United Launch Alliance said: “During inspections following the January 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 space agency's Soil Moisture Active Passive satellite (SMAP) mission is making another attempt to blast off atop a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

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