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May 7, 2009

Minotaur launch scrubbed again

Launch team at Wallops Island launch site was waiting for thunderstorm cells to clear the area, and with an hour left in the countdown, time ran out on their three-hour launch window. No word yet on when they will try again. 

UPDATE: The Minotaur launch has been rescheduled for tonight - Friday - with the same 8 - 11 p.m. launch window. They seem likely to face the same problems with thunderstorms. Here's the forecast for Baltimore. And here's the forecast for Virginia's Eastern Shore.

Not sure whether they will be able to try again this weekend. The NASA Wallops Flight Facility's tracking systems  will be needed to assist with Monday's planned launch of the shuttle Atlantis. The Atlantis crew is headed for the Hubble Space Telescope for a week of repairs and upgrades. 

Posted by Frank Roylance at 9:59 PM | | Comments (4)


I watched the webcast until they gave up. I'd forgotten how NASA feeds are incredibly boring and incredibly exciting at the same time.

FR: Me, too. It's like watching a campfire.

Is that a derecho moving across Missouri right now?

FR: Boy, it sure looks like it, doesn't it. Here's the wiki definition: And here is the radar image: And here is the local forecast.

Accuweather is now officially calling it a derecho "or inland hurricane." I'll take a moment to pat myself on the back before getting back to work.

Hope nobody gets hurt.

And it looks like that's the feature that will be moving into our area tomorrow night.

FR: Good call. Forecasters say the system will strike a "glancing blow" here. We'll see. Whatever, we get more rain.

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