Saturday, October 13, 2012

GPS Satellite Reaches Orbit Despite USAF Rocket Glitch

U.S. Air Force Probing Glitch With Launch Of GPS Satellite

By Reuters
October 12, 2012

The U.S. Air Force on Thursday launched an investigation into a glitch with the flight of an unmanned Delta 4 rocket that carried a GPS navigational satellite into orbit last week.

The Global Positioning System 2F spacecraft reached its intended orbit despite a problem with the rocket’s upper-stage engine, which is built by Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, a unit of United Technologies Corp that is being sold to GenCorp .

Future flights of the Delta 4 rocket are on hold, pending results of the investigation, the Air Force said.

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Sources: Reuters, Aviation Week & Space Technology.


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