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NASA Postpones Launch of 2 Rockets From Va.

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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (WBOC/AP)- NASA postponed a planned launch of two rockets from the Eastern Shore of Virginia on Friday due to poor weather conditions such as high winds, high cloud elevations and storms down range.

The launch has been postponed to no earlier than Sunday. The postponement is because of unacceptable weather forecasted for Saturday. A decision on whether to launch on Sunday will be made Saturday evening. The launch window remains 9:30–11:30 a.m.

NASA had hoped to launch the Black Brant V and Terrier-Improved Orion 15 seconds apart on Friday in support of the Daytime Dynamo experiment. This is the third attempt that is has had to be scrubbed due to poor weather or scientific conditions.

NASA says the project is designed to study a global electrical current called the dynamo, which sweeps through the ionosphere.

The ionosphere stretches from about 30 to 600 miles above Earth. A disruption in the ionosphere can disrupt communication signals from satellites.

Each sounding rocket will go for a five-minute flight to about 100 miles up in the ionosphere.




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