Parker Solar Probe Launch No Earlier Than August 6

Posted on 07/18/2018 17:00:38

NASA now is targeting launch of the Parker Solar Probe no earlier than Aug. 6, 2018. Additional time was needed to evaluate the configuration of a cable clamp on the payload fairing. Teams have modified the configuration and encapsulation operations have continued. Teams also have successfully repaired a leak in the purge ground support tubing on the third stage rocket motor, which was discovered during final spacecraft processing late last week. The satellite will launch on a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket from Space Launch Complex 37 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Parker Solar Probe, as seen in a cleanroom at Astrotech Space Operations in Titusville, Florida on July 6, 2018

Parker Solar Probe, as seen in a cleanroom at Astrotech Space Operations in Titusville, Florida on July 6, 2018
Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/Ed Whitman
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