The launch of a NASA satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base was deferred early this morning after a problem was detected on a launch pad.
The satellite, NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2), was scheduled to be bloody from VAFB’s Space Launch Complex-2 aboard a Delta II United Launch Alliance rocket. The launch time was pushed behind 24 hours and tentatively rescheduled for 2:56 a.m. Wednesday, tentative a outcome of troubleshooting efforts.
Despite cloudy and misty conditions, all seemed to be on lane during Tuesday’s aborted launch, until 46 seconds remained on a countdown clock. That’s when an emanate was detected with a H2O termination complement that is used to upsurge H2O on a launch pad to moderate a acoustic appetite during launch.
According to a 30th Space Wing open affairs, a foresee shows a 100-percent possibility of auspicious conditions for a Wednesday morning launch.
The OCO-2 spacecraft, that total to be a pivotal instrument in a ongoing investigate into meridian change, is NASA’s initial dedicated to measuring CO dioxide levels in Earth’s atmosphere.
The OCO-2 goal is approaching to yield a some-more complete, tellurian design of a tellurian and healthy sources of CO dioxide, as good as CO dioxide’s “sinks,” a healthy sea and land processes by that CO dioxide is pulled out of Earth’s atmosphere and stored. Carbon dioxide, a vicious member of Earth’s CO cycle, is a heading human-produced hothouse gas pushing changes in Earth’s climate.
The booster will turn a lead satellite in a constellation of 5 other general Earth monitoring satellites that round Earth once any 99 mins and cranky a equator any day nearby 1:36 p.m. internal time, creation a far-reaching operation of scarcely coexisting Earth observations. OCO-2 is designed to work for during slightest dual years.
OCO-2 measurements will be total with information from belligerent stations, aircraft and other satellites to assistance answer questions about a processes that umpire windy CO dioxide and a purpose in Earth’s meridian and CO cycle. Mission information will also assistance consider a utility of space-based measurements of CO dioxide for monitoring emissions.