Dec 18 2014

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dammit Dammit DAMMIT

SpaceX confirms CRS-5 launch slip to January 6. Launch delays occur frequently, but it’s still pretty disappointing that the launch isn’t happening tomorrow.

SpaceX explained that

the issue surrounding the Static Fire came after the ignition of the Merlin 1D engines – which explains why at least one outlet believed the test had been successful – but not for their full test duration, pointing to an early shutdown/abort.

“While the recent static fire test accomplished nearly all of our goals, the test did not run the full duration,” noted SpaceX spokesman John Talyor to NASASpaceFlight.com.

“The data suggests we could push forward without a second attempt, but out of an abundance of caution, we are opting to execute a second static fire test prior to launch.”

Why almost a month delay? Well partly because

“The ISS orbits through a high beta angle period a few times a year. This is where the angle between the ISS orbital plane and the sun is high, resulting in the ISS being in almost constant sunlight for a 10 day period.

“During this time, there are thermal and operational constraints that prohibit Dragon from being allowed to berth with the ISS. This high beta period runs from 12/28/14-1/7/15. Note that for a launch on 1/6, Dragon berths on 1/8.”

Ya learn something new every day.

Sigh…now I have to update the site calendar and everything. Dammit!

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