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Rocket Launch Rescheduled from NASA Wallops
06.09.11
 
NASA Wallops staff in the Launch Control Center NASA's Wallops Flight Facility staff observe the countdown for a Terrier-Orion sounding rocket at Wallops' Launch Control Center June 9. Credit: NASA/Karl B. Hille
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WALLOPS ISLAND, VA – The launch of a NASA Terrier-Improved Orion suborbital sounding rocket from NASA’s Wallops flight Facility in Virginia has been rescheduled between 7 and 10 a.m., Friday, June 10, after the vehicle failed to ignite during this morning’s launch attempt.

The launch team determined that a misfire occurred because of a short circuit in the ground electrical support system. The rocket and the payload were undamaged by the short circuit and the ground support system has been repaired.

The launch is a test of several new rocket technologies including the Small Rocket/Spacecraft Technology (SMART) platform, Autonomous Flight Safety System, Low Cost Telemetry Transmitter, and an electrohydrodynamic-based thermal control unit.

Further information on these systems is available on the Internet at:
http://www.nasa.gov/wallops
http://www.nasa.gov/topics/technology/features/thermal-control-tech.html

The rocket will be visible to residents in the Wallops area. The NASA Visitor Center will open at 6 a.m. on launch day for viewing the launch.

The launch will be webcast beginning at 6 a.m. on launch day at:
http://sites.wff.nasa.gov/webcast

Launch status can be followed on Twitter at:
http://www.Twitter.com/NASA_Wallops

Launch status also is available at the Wallops launch status line at 757-824-2050.
 
 
Wallops Release No. 11-11

Keith Koehler
NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Va.
757-824-1579
Keith.A.Koehler@nasa.gov