Quick Scatterometer launch postponed 24 hours

J. Kocijanski (kocis@catskill.net)
Thu, 17 Jun 1999 05:53:48 +0100

>Date: Wed, 16 Jun 1999 14:34:42 -0700 (PDT)
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>Subject: Quick Scatterometer launch postponed 24 hours
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>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                              June 16, 1999
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>NASA's QUICK SCATTEROMETER LAUNCH POSTPONED 24 HOURS
>
>     Launch of NASA's new QuikScat spacecraft, an ocean-observing
>weather satellite, has been delayed at least 24 hours while
>engineers troubleshoot a possible telecommunications problem on
>the Titan II launch vehicle.
>
>     The spacecraft will be lofted into space from California's
>Vandenberg Air Force Base no earlier than Saturday, June 19 at
>7:15 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time. A 10-minute launch window closes
>at 7:25 p.m. PDT.
>
>     Engineers discovered noisy data from an inertial measurement
>unit onboard the Titan II launch vehicle during one of the final
>spacecraft system checkout tests on Tuesday, June 15. The
>additional time will allow them an opportunity to investigate the
>cause of the communications interference and replace electrical
>circuitry or other hardware units if necessary.
>
>     QuikScat will be launched over the Pacific Ocean in a south-
>southwesterly direction to achieve an orbit with an altitude of
>about 800 kilometers (500 miles) above Earth's surface. Using its
>scatterometer to bounce radar pulses off the ocean's surface, the
>spacecraft will provide new data on wind speed and direction, and
>significantly improve scientists' ability to forecast daily and
>longer-term weather.
>
>     Additional information on the launch is expected to be
>available late today.  An audio status report on launch
>preparations is available by phone at (805) 734-2693.
>
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