Air Force Weather Satellite’s Breakup Blamed on Wiring Harness Compression in Battery Charge Assembly

DMSP Air Force weather satellite is depicted in polar orbit near Alaska. Image Credit: Lockheed Martin

A U.S. Air Force review into the Feb. 3 loss of Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) Flight 13 determined a failure of the spacecraft’s battery charger as the likely cause of the satellite’s failure and structural breakup.

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Air Force Weather Satellite Space Debris Hazard a Concern

DMSP Air Force weather satellite is depicted in polar orbit near Alaska. Photo Credit: Lockheed Martin

The U.S. Strategic Command’s Joint Space Operations Center (JSpOC) at Vandenberg AFB, Calif., is monitoring a cloud of new space debris in polar orbit to notify operational satellite controllers about potential collision hazards for critical military and […]

Atlas V Successfully Launches Military Weather Satellite Into Near-Polar Orbit

 

Today’s spectacular launch was the 80th by a United Launch Alliance (ULA) vehicle since the company’s formation in December 2006. Photo Credit: Robert C. Fisher

United Launch Alliance (ULA) has successfully staged its 80th mission since the company was formed in December 2006. Liftoff of the venerable Atlas V booster—flying in its […]

After Four-Month Delay, 25th Delta IV Primed for Thursday Launch of GPS IIF-5 Satellite

A Delta IV Medium+ 4,2 vehicle—with a 13-foot (four-meter) payload fairing and two Graphite Epoxy Motors (GEM)-60s—roars toward orbit with GPS IIF-3 in October 2012. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / Zero-G News

Four months later than planned, United Launch Alliance (ULA) is ready to fly its venerable Delta IV for the 25th time […]