Monday, March 19, 2007
Falcon 1 'Scrubbed' for the Day
-LIVE VIDEO -The Falcon 1 scrubbed a launch attempt Monday after two countdown procedures. The mission control expects a 24-to-48 hour turnaround for the next launch attempt Tuesday or Wednesday.
"The launch will be postponed if we have even the tiniest concern," the SpaceX Falcon 1 owner said in e-Mail earlier Monday in anticipation of a potential "terminal count abort." No information has been released yet on the exact nature of the anomaly data analysis.
The SCRUB came after "very successful static fire [video] (Thursday) that proceeded smoothly with no aborts," says SpaceX CEO Elon Musk in an e-Mail Saturday.
Musk says the text firing [video] was almost perfect noting that "The only remaining concern is that the GPS portion of the guidance system showed an anomaly about 15 minutes *after* the static fire. Falcon 1 is designed to achieve its target orbit purely on inertial navigation, so the GPS, while helpful for improving orbit insertion accuracy, is not flight critical. "
The visual data from the launch of Falcon 1 should be excellent as "there will be a total of 12 cameras looking at the rocket on launch day, including two thermal imaging and two vehicle cams, so no shortage visual data," Musk says.
MSCNB's Science Editor Alan Boyle provides a more detailed report.