Re: CONTOUR launch slip

From: Gene Heyler (
Date: Sat Jun 29 2002 - 21:19:19 EDT

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    >In a message dated Fri, 28 Jun 2002 2:32:37 PM Eastern Standard Time, writes:
    >> The launch of NASA's Comet Nucleus Tour (CONTOUR) spacecraft aboard a
    >> Boeing Delta II rocket has been postponed to no earlier than Wednesday,
    >> July 3.
    >Delta II's are noted for their fuel dumps.   Is there one
    >planned for the CONTOUR launch.  If so, how long after launch?
    >Don Gardner  39.1799 N, 76.8406 W, 100m ASL
    CONTOUR separates at launch+63 minutes, approximately over the Gulf of
    Carpinteria in
    northern Australia, in daylight.
    3rd stage nutation damping system blowdown (fuel dump) occurs
    approximately 90 minutes after launch, 
    also in daylight, on outbound leg of highly elliptical orbit.
    -- Gene Heyler
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