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November 1st, 2010

Delta II COSMO - SkyMed 4...Tomorrow, Tomorrow ULA Is Only A Day Away (Launch Delay)

[SatNews] As is the case, not all launches go as planned — weather, malfunctions, and more. Such is the case with the launch of Delta II COSMO-SkyMed 4 (Constellation of Small Satellites for Mediterranean basin Observation) mission has been rescheduled for Tuesday, November 2 with a launch time of 7:20 p.m. PDT.

During the terminal launch countdown today, Monday, mission managers noted an insufficient flow of Gaseous Nitrogen in the Delta II engine compartment. Gaseous Nitrogen is used to ensure that critical components in close proximity to cryogenic propulsion systems are kept warm.

To allow engineers the time required to correct this issue, the launch attempt is delayed 24 hours. Updates to the COSMO SkyMed-4 mission status will be issued as new information becomes available. United Launch Alliance provides the Delta II launch vehicle and mission services under a commercial launch service contract administered by Boeing Launch Services for Thales Alenia Space-Italia (TAS-I).