Rocket Launch Rescheduled from NASA Wallops

June 9, 2011

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va., June 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — 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.

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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:



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:


Launch status can be followed on Twitter at:


Launch status also is available at the Wallops launch status line at 757-824-2050.


Source: newswire

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