NASA aborts hurricane satellite constellation launch over pump glitch

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December 12, 2016    
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"NASA aborted the planned launch of an eight-satellite fleet for hurricane monitoring on Monday (Dec. 12) due to problems with its launch system, agency officials said in a mission update. The $157 million Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) was slated to soar into orbit on an air-launched Orbital ATK Pegasus XL rocket, but a hydraulic pump used to release the rocket from its L-1011 carrier plane had a problem, agency officials said. ... The L-1011 carrier plane took off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida ahead of today's launch attempt and will return to the station to land and be readied for a possible Tuesday launch attempt." (12/12/16)  

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