Purely FWIW, I wonder if this is going to be a 'display and show off' mission that will be more 'public' than the other two. After all, there really can't be much to test except reuse on this flight. Maybe they want a day landing at CCAFS as a crowd pleaser.(Silently wishes for rocket-cams on this launch)
So does that clear the deploy-able nozzle that is only used on the Delta IV?
Nice of them to think about my birthday! Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. (Nov. 2, 2012) -- The launch of an Atlas V carrying the third X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV-3) payload for the U.S. Air Force is rescheduled for Nov. 27, pending confirmation from the 45th Space Wing regarding the revised range reservation. Although the team investigating the lower than normal upper-stage engine chamber pressure from the recent Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF-3 launch has been making good progress reviewing and analyzing the data, ULA leadership and the Air Force have decided to postpone the launch two weeks to allow for additional flight data anomaly investigation activities and a thorough crossover assessment for the X-37B OTV launch vehicle to be completed. This flight data anomaly investigation is being conducted with investigative processes that have been refined over decades of launch experience and include extensive reconstruction of the flight data with analytical models, as well as detailed inspections of several engines. The OTV-3 launch will be the third launch of the Air Force's test vehicle.
Is that now likely to be remain where it is launch date wise, or is there the strong possibility of it slipping again?
Quote from: Star One on 11/02/2012 08:21 pmIs that now likely to be remain where it is launch date wise, or is there the strong possibility of it slipping again?Yes.Depends on the investigation.
Based on what?
Thanks for clarifying, I thought you had some actual insight.
Quote from: rdale on 11/07/2012 11:37 pmThanks for clarifying, I thought you had some actual insight.Well let us hear your view on this then?
Quote from: Star One on 11/08/2012 04:38 pmQuote from: rdale on 11/07/2012 11:37 pmThanks for clarifying, I thought you had some actual insight.Well let us hear your view on this then?I have no insight at all into the progress of the troubleshooting, so my guess would be less than worthless...
The U.S. Air Force was fortunate not to lose a navigation satellite after the rocket on which it was launched Oct. 4 experienced engine trouble, a senior service official said.
Not to sound Snarky, but the X-37 at one point was baselined to fly on the Delta II, so I wonder if flying on a larger Atlas-401 provides it with enough margin to overcome a similar issue.Fingers crossed they find a root cause, and resume operations soon.