Friday, April 09, 2010

Fiftieth Ariane 5 Launch Scrubbed Again

Ariane 5 prepares for launch on Thursday (Ariane)

The launch of Ariane 5 rocket with two satellites aboard was scrubbed just seconds prior to launch today due to a technical issue.

A new launch date for the fiftieth Ariane 5 flight will be announced in days, Arianespace officials announced.

The countdown was halted at the T-42 seconds point following an issue with the rocket's core engine fuel pressurization to flight level.

The countdown then held for nearly forty minutes as the launch team worked the issue at hand, but eventually scrubbed for the evening to drain the rocket and stand down for the weekend.

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