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#1    Waspie_Dwarf

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Posted 30 June 2014 - 11:08 PM


OCO-2 and Delta II Prepared for Launch

Learn how NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 spacecraft and the United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket were prepared for liftoff from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:42 PM


Launch Pad Gantry Rolls back for OCO-2 Launch

At Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, the gantry at Space Launch Complex 2 rolls back in preparation for the liftoff of a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket with the Orbital Sciences Corporation's Orbiting Carbon Observatory, or OCO-2, satellite.

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:44 PM


OCO-2 Countdown Underway

A Delta II rocket stands ready to boost the Orbiting Carbon Observatory, or OCO-2, satellite from Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on a mission to study the Earth's atmosphere.

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:47 PM


OCO-2 Launch Postponed

At Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, the countdown for the launch of NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2, or OCO-2, spacecraft was stopped at T-46 seconds because of a failure in the launch pad water flow. Because there is only a 30-second launch window, agency managers have postponed the liftoff. Engineers now are assessing the issue to determine the cause of the failure and when they next can attempt to launch OCO-2.

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:49 PM

Launch Updates


www.nasa.gov said:

Managers Assess Cause of Scrub

July 1, 2014 - 6:18 AM EDT

Today’s launch attempt was scrubbed because of a failure in a Vandenberg Air Force Base Space Launch Complex 2 pad water system. The system provides sound suppression to dampen acoustic waves at liftoff and protects a launch pad flame duct. The countdown was halted at T-46 seconds. The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) spacecraft is on external power and the Delta II rocket first stage liquid oxygen is being offloaded. Both the spacecraft and rocket are in a safe configuration. Managers and engineers are assessing the issue to determine the cause of the failure and when they next can attempt to launch OCO-2.


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Posted 01 July 2014 - 01:02 PM

Launch Updates


www.nasa.gov said:

NASA/United Launch Alliance Statement on OCO-2 Scrub

July 1, 2014 - 8:09 AM EDT

The launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta II carrying NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) satellite was scrubbed today due to an issue with the water suppression system that is used to flow water on the launch pad to dampen the acoustic energy during launch.

Pending the outcome of troubleshooting, the launch is rescheduled for Wednesday, July 2 from Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Station, Calif., The launch time is 2:56 a.m. PDT at the opening of a 30-second window. The forecast for July 2 shows a 100 percent chance of favorable weather conditions for the launch.

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 10:45 PM

Launch of NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 Rescheduled for July 2


www.nasa.gov said:

The launch of NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket is scheduled for Wednesday, July 2 at 5:56 a.m. EDT (2:56 a.m. PDT) from Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

The launch team has completed troubleshooting of the launch pad water suppression system that resulted in the scrub of the launch attempt Tuesday. A valve that is part of the pulse suppression water system, which had operated properly during tests shortly before the launch countdown, failed to function properly during the final minutes of the launch attempt. The failed valve has been replaced with a spare, and the system is being tested in preparation for Wednesday's launch attempt.

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Posted 02 July 2014 - 10:27 PM


NASA OCO-2 Countdown Underway at Vandenberg AFB

A Delta II rocket stands ready for a second attempt to boost the Orbiting Carbon Observatory, or OCO-2, satellite from Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on a mission to study the Earth's atmosphere.

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Posted 02 July 2014 - 10:29 PM


OCO-2 & Delta II Ready for Launch

In the Launch Control Center at Vandenberg Air Force Base, NASA and contractor managers and engineers monitor progress in the countdown to launch a Delta II rocket. The launch vehicle will boost the Orbiting Carbon Observatory, or OCO-2, satellite on a on a mission to study the Earth's atmosphere.

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Posted 02 July 2014 - 10:32 PM


Liftoff of OCO-2

The Delta II rocket lifts off from Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base carrying the Orbiting Carbon Observatory, or OCO-2, satellite on a on a mission to study the Earth's atmosphere. Liftoff was at 2:56 a.m. PDT.

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Posted 02 July 2014 - 10:35 PM


OCO-2 Satellite Separation

While pointed toward the sun, the Orbiting Carbon Observatory, or OCO-2, satellite separated from the Delta II upper stage as it was deployed into Earth orbit. Liftoff took place from Vandenberg Air Force Base's Space Launch Complex 2 at 2:56 a.m. PDT.

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Posted 02 July 2014 - 10:37 PM

OCO-2 Lifts Off on Carbon-Counting Mission


www.nasa.gov said:

A Delta II rocket blazed off the launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California early Wednesday morning to begin a landmark mission to survey carbon dioxide gas in Earth's atmosphere.

NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2, or OCO-2, is expected to provide insight into how the planet adjusts to the increased production of carbon dioxide from a vantage point in orbit that will allow it to take readings on a scale never achieved before.

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Posted 02 July 2014 - 10:41 PM


Interview with NASA Launch Manager

Following the launch of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory, or OCO-2, satellite, NASA Launch Manager Tim Dunn discusses the lift-off of the Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base's Space Launch Complex 2 with George Diller of NASA Public Affairs.

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Posted 04 July 2014 - 09:29 PM

OCO-2 Takes the A-Train to Study Earth's Atmosphere


www.jpl.nasa.gov said:

Every day, above our planet, five Earth-observing satellites rush along like trains on the same "track," flying minutes, and sometimes seconds, behind one another. They carry more than 15 scientific instruments in total, looking at many different aspects of our home planet. Called the Afternoon Constellation, or A-Train, these satellites work as a united, powerful tool for advancing our understanding of Earth's surface and atmosphere.

The train is about to get longer. NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2), which launched July 2, will be the A-Train's sixth member. Its mission is to measure atmospheric carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that makes up a greater percentage of our atmosphere today than it has in at least 800,000 years. It will produce data that will help scientists analyze data from the other A-Train instruments. In return, other satellites will help validate its vital data.

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