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Launch of Delta II 7320 with payload SMAP
Video courtesy of ULA
|Launch of SMAP on a Delta II 7320 rocket from Vandenberg AFB, CA launch complex SLC-2W|
Launch scheduled for 29 Jan 15 14:20:42 GMT
Local Time : 29 Jan 15 6:20:42 PST
A Delta II in the 7320 configuration will be launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California carrying the Soil Moisture Active Passive mission for NASA.
This will be the second planned launch of 2015 for ULA, and the 153rd launch of the Delta II.
The Delta II will fly in the 7320 configuration: A 7000 series common core first stage, 3 GEM 40 solid rocket boosters, a second stage with the AJ-10 engine and no third stage.
The SMAP spacecraft will provide high resolution measurements of soil moisture, and will be able to detect ground that is frozen. The data collected will assist scientists to have a better understanding of the Earth's water cycles.