NASA delays launch of Parker Solar probe, again


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For the second time NASA has delayed the launch of the Parker Solar probe due to issues related to the Delta IV Heavy rocket.

The United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy was originally scheduled to launch the Parker Solar Probe on Aug. 4, before what NASA described as “a minor tubing leak” was discovered at the processing facility in Titusville. The launch slipped to Aug. 6 and now NASA and its mission partners are targeting Aug. 11 for a 45-minute launch window at 3:48 a.m. from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The latest delay comes after “a small strip of foam was found inside the (spacecraft) fairing,” during final inspections after the spacecraft was encapsulated in the Delta IV Heavy nose cone, according to NASA.

The launch window closes on August 19, so there better not be many more problems.

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3 comments

  • Col Beausabre

    NASA’s motto is now like that if the Mets – “Wait until next year”

  • Kirk

    If they do need to “wait until next year”, then we are looking at May 2019 for the necessary Earth-Venus orbital alignment.

  • Col Beausabre: That was the motto of the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Mets was always “Ya gotta believe!” And unlike the Dodgers, it only took the Mets eight years to get that first miracle championship, in 1969. And I have piece of turf from 1969 to prove it.

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