Possible hurricane delays UNH space probe launch until Thursday
Posted by David Brooks | Saturday, August 25, 2012
With the unfavorable weather forecast as a result of Tropical Storm Isaac approaching Florida, the leadership team for launching NASA’s Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) mission has decided to roll the Atlas V rocket off the launch pad and back to the Vertical Integration Facility at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 41. This will ensure the launch vehicle and twin RBSP spacecraft are secured and protected from inclement weather. Pending approval from the U.S. Air Force’s Eastern Range, RBSP’s launch is rescheduled for Thursday, Aug. 30 at 4:05 a.m. EDT.
UNH researchers have a bunch of devices on those twin probes, which will study the Van Allen belt. My column coming Monday talks with the lead scientist, Harlan Spencer.