Any more information about the hold? I couldn't make it out clearly, but the call I heard at T-2:46 (or 18:13 into the broadcast) sounded like, "LC this is STOPS(?) OD. Hold, hold. hold. I say again. LC this is OPS(?) OD. Hold, hold, hold. We lost commanding."The feature article doesn't currently mention the hold.~Kirk
Early in the launch, I heard Marty Malinowski, but later in the launch, up until PLF jettison, I heard Rob Gagnon. I'm kinda curious as to what is going on.
My quick research says #AtlasV passed the Soyuz-U2 this morning with 73 launches without a single failure. Congrats @torybruno & @ulalaunch!
Rollout photos published by ULA
“U.S. signals intelligence satellites have demonstrated long service lives. Recent observations by my colleagues Peter Wakelin and Brad Young reveal that all six previously launched Trumpets continue to maintain operational orbits. They consist of the first generation satellites launched in 1994, 1995 and 1997, and the follow-on satellites launched in 2006, 2008 and 2014,” said respected satellite observer Ted Molczan.“Whether NROL-42 is intended to grow the fleet, or replace one of the older members remains to be seen.”
USA 278, 2017-056A, 42941 launched by #NROL42 Doppler curve summary 6 days after launch.