Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Ocean altimetry satellite - Jason-2 - launching postponed

Jason-2's launch has been postponed by Eumetsat. No longer will this ocean altimetry satellite be boosted into orbit on June 15th, as originally scheduled. The reason for the delay revolves around weather related problems integrating the spacecraft with the Delta II launch vehicle. Plus, adding to the delay dilemma, is NASA's slippage of their GLAST launch, which uses the same type of launcher, ground crews, and set-up procedures.

The launch date for Jason-2 is now planned to be no earlier than June 19th. A solid date will be announced and confirmed shortly.



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