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Military weather satellite has problem

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#1    Waspie_Dwarf

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 04:03 PM

Teams study solar array snag on Air Force weather satellite


spaceflightnow.com said:

Engineers are studying a problem that caused the power-generating solar array on a newly-launched U.S. military weather satellite to only partially deploy, but officials said Friday the anomaly has so far not affected operations of the polar-orbiting spacecraft.

The $518 million satellite was successfully boosted into orbit from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base on Thursday on a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket.      

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Posted 13 April 2014 - 12:15 AM

Solar array issue will have little impact on DMSP mission


spaceflightnow.com said:

U.S. Air Force officials say a partially deployed solar array boom on a new military weather satellite will have "negligible" impact on the $518 million spacecraft's planned five-year mission.

The polar-orbiting weather observatory for the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program was shot into space April 3 on an Atlas 5 rocket, but it ran into a problem extending its solar array boom.      

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