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NASA Gets Last Minute Jitters about DART

By Keith Cowing
November 9, 2004

8 November 2004: NASA’S DART Launch Postponed, NASA

“The launch of NASA’s DART spacecraft aboard an Orbital Sciences Pegasus XL scheduled for Tuesday is postponed. A review of projected loads data, or the G-forces the payload experiences upon ignition of the Pegasus second stage, is being re-evaluated to ensure mission success.”

Editor’s note: I had to read this more than once to make sure I got it right. Isn’t this the sort of analysis that should have been done months – perhaps years ago – not days before a launch – one that has already been delayed? Someone sure dropped the ball on this one. Its nice to see that a potential issue was caught in time – but I have to wonder what would have happened if the launch had gone ahead in October. Was this information available at that time?

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