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DELTA 2 LAUNCH FROM CALIFORNIA HALTED FOR SECOND DAY IN A ROW

DELTA 2 LAUNCH FROM CALIFORNIA HALTED FOR SECOND DAY IN A ROW Brisk upper level winds blowing from the west thwarted a second try to launch a new NOAA weather satellite aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta 2 rocket Wednesday, likely postponing the liftoff from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California until at least Saturday. High-altitude were measured at more than 110 knots (126 mph) by a weather balloon sent aloft from Vandenberg during Wednesday’s early morning countdown. Safety officials from the U.S. Air Force’s Western Range were concerned the winds might blow debris from the rocket, such as nozzle covers on the Delta 2’s air-lit solid rocket boosters, back over populated areas on land as it climbs south over the Pacific Ocean.   More



(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Nov 16)

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