Skip to comments.NASA: (Global Warming) Observation satellite fails to reach orbit
Posted on 03/04/2011 5:23:14 AM PST by Skeez
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) -- A rocket that blasted off early Friday carrying an Earth-observation satellite has failed to reach orbit, NASA said.
The Taurus XL rocket carrying NASA's Glory satellite lifted off about 2:10 a.m. PST from Vandenberg Air Force Base, officials said .
But NASA said in a brief statement that a protective shell or fairing atop the rocket did not separate from the satellite as it should have about three minutes after the launch.
That left the Glory spacecraft without the velocity to reach orbit, NASA launch commentator George Diller said.
"The flight was going well until the time of fairing separation," Diller said. "We did not have a successful fairing separation from the Taurus and there was insufficient velocity with the fairing still on for the vehicle to achieve orbit."
The status of the flight wasn't immediately clear and flight officials didn't immediately respond to calls for further comment.
Glory was launched on a three-year mission to analyze how airborne particles affect Earth's climate. Besides monitoring particles in the atmosphere, it will also track solar radiation to determine the sun's effect on climate change.
The $424 million mission is managed by the NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland.
Friday's launch came after engineers spent more than a week troubleshooting a glitch that led to a last-minute scrub.
Glory was supposed to study tiny atmospheric particles known as aerosols, which reflect and trap sunlight. The vast majority occurs naturally, spewed into the atmosphere by volcanoes, forest fires and desert storms. Aerosols can also come from manmade sources such as the burning of fossil fuel.
NASA suffered a mishap two years ago when a global warming satellite also destined to join the Earth-observation network crashed into the ocean near Antarctica...
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Must be due to global warming on take off!!
What is aTaurus?
No great loss.
What a boondoggle NASA is!
Hey NASA, the sun makes things hot. Bonus tip, moisture makes things muggy when the sun is making things hot.
It was wasted anyway:
"Glory was launched on a three-year mission to analyze how airborne particles affect Earth's climate. ... sun's effect on climate change."
This way is just more obvious.
Already posted here: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2683489/posts
Hmmm, sounds like we are devolving into the Soviet Union style success eh? Thanks Obama!
They’ll use this to their lying, tyrannical advantage.
“It’s far, FAR worse than even WE thought it was,” they’ll say. “Man’s activity has not caused only global warming, it has caused UNIVERSAL warming!”
That Muslim outreach isn’t as explosive as they thought.
A car made by Ford, not Government Motors.............
Capitalism causes the sun’s output to increase.
And, if we don't do Something NOW!, then I diddily-diddy-guaranteeidilly it will cause LUDICROUS WARMING.
There’s another angle to think about here. I’m a little disappointed this thing crashed, because if it was meant to legitimately study the effect of the sun on our climate, it could have objectively flattened the anthropogenic global warming arguments. Now, it’s business-as-usual. I bet there are some GW scientists just a little bit relieved...
Is there a model with bag racks and a/c?
Actually, if you put a Hayabusa engine in one of those you can have a lot of fun!!
With any government agency "legitimately study" is a mighty big if. Most of them follow a political agenda to keep the money flowing.
Awe, c'mon! Even I could come up with something better than 'no comment': "...Taurus' launch was successful even as its mission changed from one of studying the impact of atmospheric particulate on global warming to studying the impact of space junk on global warming."
What a huge waste of taxpayer money.
American Thinker article for you to consider:
No problem, they can just continue making up their global warming data.
I do wonder however, how this impacts nasa’s mission to promote islam
How does Al Gore get his fat b*tt into that thing? That is Al Gore’s car isn’t it? I mean if it isn’t he’s a hypocrite.
They’d just do what they seem to always do. Tell us what they want us to know. And if the findings don’t come out like they think they should, they will just twist it all around so it looks like what they want it to look like. Or throw more money at it in hopes that’ll fix it.
Note that this vehicle was not just "a global warming satellite," whatever that is, it was the second attempt to launch, and the second failure of essentially the same mission, one that was supposed to definitively "take Earth's temperature," and "directly measure climate change."
That's a billion bucks (actually quite a bit more than just a thousand million, after all is said and done) on a mission sold as proof of "Global Warming"
Things that make you go, "Hmmmm."
Also a Taurus XL is, if I am not greatly mistake, an Orbital Sciences configuration, and part of the stack contracted, along with Space X, as one of two companies contracted to privately resupply ISS and eventually privatize manned spaceflight.
Orbital has a real track record of success, by the way, so I don't want to cast doubt on their abilities which have been proven in amazing ways, a legacy that includes the Pegasus.
There is no more baffling blindness among this president's supporters than among those who cheer his privatization of manned spaceflight. Those keen on the idea, which may eventually work out despite this administration's lack of regard - even hostility - for private enterprise or American Exceptionalism, have yet to explain this mutual contradiction.
What a boondoggle NASA is!
If globull warming is a lie, then more data will simply be the ammunition we need to finally disprove it.
“Besides monitoring particles in the atmosphere, it will also track solar radiation to determine the sun’s effect on climate change.”
Hmmmm, someone needs to learn about verb tenses.
This is the second AGW satellite that hasn’t made it to orbit. Two in row? I bet somebody’s been doin’ a little sabotaging around here!
In case you hadn't noticed, we already had plenty of data. And that data was altered with experiments such as these giving them an air of authenticity.
The study of climate is not a Constitutional function of the Federal government. Capeesh?
NASA, punching holes in the ozone layer to find out why the ozone layer is getting smaller ping.
SpaceX has a real track record of success, too, once they worked out the bugs of getting to orbit.
You were the first to say it. I remembered the last failure as well. It is really strange that they have failed twice now to launch this global warming satellite.
SpaceX could have probably launched 10 of those into orbit for $425,000,000
The hockey stick compensator failed due to a gyro imbalance. Tragic.
FWIW, the Wikipedia article on Taurus XL states that the last one (the "Orbiting Carbon Observatory") also failed to reach orbit due to fairing non-sep. That was in February 2009.
I agree. This was legitimate science that was wrapped in the terminology of political and marketing fraud.
NASA launch mishap: Satellite crashes into ocean
Second launch failure in a row for Taurus rocket as Glory climate satellite fails to reach low-Earth orbit
The protective nose cone of an Orbital Sciences Corp. Taurus XL rocket carrying NASA’s Glory environmental research satellite apparently failed to separate after launch Friday, preventing the spacecraft from achieving orbit in a $424 million failure.
It was the second nose cone failure in a row for a Taurus XL rocket following the 2009 loss of another environmental satellite, reports CBS News space analyst William Harwood.
“This is a pretty tough night for all of us,” Grabe said. “A little over two years ago, we had a similar tough night when we conducted a Taurus launch for the OCO mission. That mission suffered a failure ... of the fairing to separate. We conducted an extensive investigation of that anomaly and we traced the most probable cause to a failure of the fairing separation initiation system.
“We spent the last two years doing the analysis on what went wrong the last time, redesigning the system and testing the components of the system. We went so far as to completely change out the initiation system to a system we use on one of our other vehicles, the Minotaur 4. And in the intervening two years, that system has flown successfully three times. So we really went into this flight feeling confident we had really nailed the fairing issue. And then we came up with the results Omar described.”
For NASA, the second Taurus XL failure in a row drove losses to nearly $700 million.
NASAs Glory spacecraft launched aboard a Taurus XL rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California Friday at 5:09:45 a.m. EST failed to reach orbit.
Telemetry indicated the fairing, the protective shell atop the Taurus XL rocket, did not separate as expected about three minutes after launch.
Bad week for hardware: Orbiting Carbon Observatory satellite burns up
Feb. 24 (Bloomberg) A satellite launched from California failed to reach orbit today, crashing into the sea near Antarctica and dooming a $273 million mission to study global-warming gases.
The Orbiting Carbon Observatory satellite didnt reach orbit after a 1:55 a.m. launch because the payload fairing failed to separate, NASA said. The fairing covers the top of the satellite during launch and needs to come off so the satellite can detach from the rocket and enter orbit.
While launch and separation of the rockets first stage went as planned, a clamshell-shaped fairing covering the satellite failed to open, meaning it was too heavy to reach orbit, Brunschwyler said on NASAs online television station.
As a direct result of carrying that extra weight, we could not reach orbit, Brunschwyler said. Indications are the satellite landed just short of Antarctica, in the ocean.
Both the satellite and launch rocket were built by Dulles, Virginia-based Orbital Sciences Corp. John Brunschwyler, Orbital Sciencess mission manager, said over the past 10 years, weve flown a nearly perfect record 56 out of 57 vehicles and weve not had any problems with this particular fairing design.
NASAs investment was $273 million for the design, development and launch operations. Insurance details on the mission may be given later today, NASA said.
NASA Selects Launcher for Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2
NASA has selected Orbital Sciences Corp., under a $70 million services agreement, for the February 2013 launching of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2, a replacement for the original greenhouse gas monitoring spacecraft that was lost during a 2009 launch mishap. OCO-2 is funded as part of NASA’s proposed $1.8 billion, 2011 Earth sciences budget.The original spacecraft, launched atop an Orbital Sciences Taurus XL, plummeted into the ocean near Antarctica after lifting off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on Feb. 24, 2009. A mishap investigation board traced the loss to a failure of the rocket’s fairing separation mechanism. OCO-1 was the cornerstone of a $273 million, two-year NASA mission to track global carbon dioxide emissions from orbit for the first time. Climate experts, concerned about heat trapped in the atmosphere by rising levels of CO2, urged the space agency to move quickly to develop a similar spacecraft following the mishap.
Orbital Sciences will provide a Taurus XL 3110, also launched from Vandenberg, for the 2013 re-flight.
Like its predecessor, OCO-2 is designed to identify distinct sources of carbon dioxide present in the atmosphere. The new spacecraft will provide a global map of natural as well as human carbon dioxide sources and “sinks” — places in the atmosphere where the colorless gas accumulates. Carbon dioxide is the leading greenhouse gas attributed to human activities. Carbon dioxide, water vapor, ozone and methane are among gases in the atmosphere that trap heat from sunlight that would otherwise be reflected off the Earth’s surface and back into space. The National Research Council has suggested OCO-2 could provide a baseline for data on carbon emissions as part of a new climate treaty intended to address concerns over global warming.
cheaper faster better
Agree. NASA is a waste of resources.
Somebody’s probably still planning on using the data with the right “correction” factors. What the heck, they already pretty much multiply by zero and add what they need anyway.
Right along with almost all of government agencies.
I believe the first stage uses retired MX/Peacekeeper ICBMs.
Maybe they DON’T want these up there to prove once and for all that AGW is a hoax...