Timing of Centaur misfire

Allen Thomson (thomsona@flash.net)
Tue, 11 May 1999 09:19:25 -0500

A little more grist for the analytical mill:


Bad software blamed for $1.2 billion space failure
May 10, 1999 6:49 PM EDT
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., May 10 (Reuters) -
[EXCERPT]
Corrupted computer software loaded into a Titan 4 rocket is being blamed for
wrecking a $1.2 billion military space mission, the most costly in a string
of six U.S. launch failures, a respected trade magazine [AWST] reported
Monday.

A Centaur upper stage booster on the Lockheed Martin  Titan 4 rocket veered
off course about nine minutes after blasting off from Cape Canaveral on
April 30, leaving a sophisticated $800 million military communications
satellite in the wrong orbit.