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[i]NASA has pushed back the launch of its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission again, this time to June 2 at the earliest, due to a launch delay of the U.S. Air Force's Wideband Global Satcom-2 (WGS-2) communications satellite.
...both LRO and the military's WGS-2 satellite are slated to launch from the same pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida aboard Atlas 5 rockets. Denver-based United Launch Alliance, manufacturer and operator of the Atlas and Delta rockets, needs about 60 days between launches for ground processing.
The launch of WGS-2, now set for April 3, was scrubbed in March when a leak was detected in the Atlas 5 Centaur upper stage's oxidizer valve. Once the WGS-2 launch occurs, United Launch Alliance can begin preparations for the LRO liftoff.[/i]
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