Monday, March 1, 2010

ULA Delta IV and NASA's commence Is a No-GOES


Launches need a delicate balance, and so with the slip of the ULA Delta IV NASA/NOAA GOES P launch to Wednesday, March 3rd, everything has slipped a day.

Formerly a United Launch Alliance Delta IV medium rocket, on behalf of Boeing Launch Services, was planned to launch the NASA/NOAA Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite P (GOES P) on March 2 from Space Launch Complex-37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

The weather forecast specifies a probability of weather constraint violation: 20 percent with a primary concern of liftoff ground level winds. The probability of weather restraint violation for a 24 hour delay: 20 percent. The primary concerns are associated to liftoff ground level winds

Synoptic Discussion: Large scale upper level pattern will consist of a deep low pressure ditch over the eastern CONUS. At the surface, strong low pressure system and associated cold front will be located well offshore. Surface elevated pressure will be building in from the northwest. The main subject will be post frontal winds as they will have the possible for exceeding the liftoff wind constraint of 20 kt. Natural and Triggered Lightning constraint violation potential will be negligible.

The project is developed in partnership with the U.S. Air Force (USAF) Evolved dispensable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program, the Delta IV family of commence vehicles combines design simplicity, manufacturing efficiency, and streamlined mission and vehicle integration to meet customer requirements to launch high-priority USAF, National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), NASA, and commercial payloads to orbit. With outfitted launch pads on both coasts — Space Launch Complex-37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, and Space Launch Complex-6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California — every Delta IV configuration is accessible to service the requirements of current and future satellite programs.

The Delta IV launch system is offered in five configurations: the Delta IV Medium (Delta IV M), three variants of the Delta IV Medium-Plus (Delta IV M+), and the Delta IV Heavy (Delta IV H). Each configuration is encompassed of a common booster core (CBC), a cryogenic upper stage and either a 4-m-diameter or 5-m-diameter payload fairing (PLF).

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